October Farm is owned by Barry and Karen Carter. The yard’s extensive facilities include 60m x 25m outdoor school, indoor school, jumping paddock, horse walker, horse solarium, individual turnout and wonderful hacking over Thursley and Hankley Commons (it really is hacking to die for).
We have a great team on site looking after our horses and choosing new young stock to bring on as showjumpers or eventers. It's important for us to feel that everyone is involved
in the yard and the progress of each horse.
Lauren Medcalf, Lucie Pohlova and Lucie Janostakova
Nici has a great team helping her. Lauren loves eventing and also buying horses at Irish sales - Tommy and Nora have been great picks and have progressing loads this year! She also has no fear so is always first to test out the youngsters.
Lucie P has a lovely Friesian horse called Beau that she keeps here. She lavishes much care on him and is attempting to get him back to full fitness. People usually comment that he looks like he should be in a shampoo advert, his mane is so long and well cared for! Lucie J has a real love for the foals and youngsters and is great at getting them used to humans and learning the ropes.
Here is everyone on a team outing to Royal Ascot (which is a nice upgrade on jods and pitchforks, with much time having been spent on choice of hats!)
Holly, daughter of Barry and Karen, reluctantly goes to university in Newcastle, but would rather be at the yard all day. She is an enthusiastic rider and loves competing her horses in eventing and showjumping competitions. She also keeps borrowing her Dad’s horses to show him how it is done. Holly and Phoebe came 2nd in the National Pony Club Championships in Intermediate Eventing a few years ago. Holly has competed up to Novice level BE and Foxhunter BSJA, and completed her first CCI one star with a double clear in Aug 2014 at Hartpury. She now has the ever so cute Storm, who is a joy to take out, be it showjumping at Windsor with the household cavalry charging around in the arena next to you, or blasting round the XC at BE100 events
Karen currently doesn’t ride, but we are working on that and hope to get her out hacking one day. She does love shopping however and is in charge of acquisitions from feed to horses. She occasionally helps out on the yard and in the office, so people have to be nice to her if they want to get paid (or fed).
Barry tries to keep up with his daughter on his smart eventers Magic and Bollo (and youngster Helga who he has recently stolen), but he will have to admit defeat one day. He works full-time so is very rarely seen with a shavings fork
Provided by Gnasher, Mauler & Ripper (aka Cookie, Buzz and Mylo) who are happy to provide their services in exchange for Bonio biscuits