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Summerhouse Equestrian is located in a picturesque part of Gloucestershire in England and one that prides itself as the home of equine excellence. The centre has an extensive offering which is enjoyed by aspiring and elite riders from around the country and internationally. Set up in 1978 by Sheila and John Weston and run by their daughter, Helen Gallop and granddaughters, Sara and Rachel Gallop.
Sara Gallop, a well-known rider on the dressage circuit and trained by both Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester who are based locally, has a number of horses ranging from young horses in training up to International Grand Prix level, all of which have been sourced and produced by Sara from the beginning.
Rachel Gallop competes and trains horses from International young horse classes to Grand Prix level and is a member of the BS International Experience Programme, training under Olympic rider Rowland Ferneyhough & Julie Andrews.
Summerhouse offers advanced training and schoolmaster lessons for the more established rider looking to develop their knowledge and skill, in both Dressage and Jumping, a concept that attracts riders from around the country and abroad.
Helen Gallop – “I am really proud of what Summerhouse has to offer and the extensive training opportunities we can provide to our clients. We have a fantastic range of qualified instructors with vast competition experience in all disciplines and we aim to help a whole range of riders, offering advanced tuition for clients with their own horses, schoolmaster lessons and the opportunity to get involved and compete onsite with one to one help and guidance all the way’’
Watch the Summerhouse Story, from humble beginnings - Helen Gallop tells the story of how Summerhouse and the family has grown to the prestigious centre it is today. https://vimeo.com/243278476
Riders who choose Summerhouse vary greatly from those who are looking to further their knowledge, take exams, train towards a specific show or just have some fun. The centre hosts over two hundred shows a year and has extensive facilities, including a brand new state of the art water treadmill rehab facility which includes full livery rehabilitation services if required.
The Prestige Training academy boasts some exceptional schoolmasters ranging from Novice to Grand Prix Dressage horses, Novice to 1.30m Show Jumpers and ex Intermediate Eventers and the concept has seen an increase in attracting aspiring riders from around the world.
“We pride ourselves on running a dedicated premium livery service for riders looking to base themselves at Summerhouse with their own horse, somewhere to train short or long term, owners looking to base their horses with Sara or Rachel for training and competition experience or horses coming in for training or sale preparation livery. Our sales and purchase service are very popular, finding riders their dream horse and helping them to achieve their goals. There are not enough words to expressive how very proud I am of what we have achieved here at Summerhouse and very excited for the future of all of our initiatives” said Helen Gallop