Meet The Crew

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Yard Manager - Mel

“When I was 18, I started work at Grange Riding Centre until it closed in 2008 then I taught at the Cabin for a year until I found out I was pregnant in mid 2009.

I started at Touchdown in 2019, I have 2 kids and a stepson and live with my partner. Getting this job was a dream of mine and I always wanted to help horses in need.

Interesting facts about me:

1) I was a finalist in the British Equestrian Federation groom award in 2006. I didn’t get placed but did get a special mention. The winner was William Fox-Pitt’s groom, Jackie Potts and in 3rd Place was Zara Phillips groom, Catherine Owen

2) As well as having 2 horses (my oldest and first horse pictured below on FB) I also have chickens. I love chickens. I have just under 30 . If money was no object I have loads of horses and thousands of chickens .

3) I was diagnosed with crohns disease 2 1/2 years ago. I’m in remission but some days I am completely drained of energy.

So that’s a wee bit more about me.”

Below you can slide the pictures to see my by day with the chickens or with my horse 

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Groom - Yola

Hi. My name is Yola I started at Touchdown MHH as a volunteer in February 2021 and then became the Groom in October 2021. I had Roisin on loan from April 2021 to December 2021, we had a lot of fun and Roisin is now fitter than ever ready to go on loan again.

Interesting facts about me:

  1. I am originally French and have only lived in the UK since 2019, my dad is French and my mum is English.

  2. As well as being a groom I am a Yoga Instructor, you can find me @yolosyoga, Namaste !