Technical and Yard

Colin Astbury Equine Technician

Colin has worked for the Equine Clinic for over 25 years. He has tremendous experience in the equine world having been a professional national hunt jockey for many years. Before joining our team Colin was a stud manager and has also been an assistant trainer on a number of big training yards. Colin assists with endoscoping, scanning and digital radiotherapy.


Sarah Phizacklea Yard Manager

Sarah is a very experienced and knowledgeable member of our yard team having ran a Point to Point Yard for over 17 years. Not only did Sarah train and produce Point to Point horses, she also did backing and breaking in of other competition horses. She enjoyed competing Point to Point and had her cat B licence, but now finds a little time to compete in riding club showjumping and dressage.Sarah is Manager to 5 yard staff and not only does she make certain the yard is always kept clean and tidy, she ensures that all inpatients care and requirements are met to exacting standards.  Everyone loves Sarah’s choice in hats, she has quite a collection!!


Sarah Smith Yard Coordinator

Sarah is back working with us in the afternoons after returning from maternity leave. Sarah is a caring knowledgeable member of the team, ensuring inpatients are all looked after to the highest of standards. Outside of work she is busy with her little girl and two dogs.


Lucy Ireland

Lucy is part of the morning yard team and helps with all the essential yard duties. She is also an important part of Gil’s lameness clinic and will often ride the horses to help in their diagnosis. Lucy juggles her work at the practice with running a livery yard at home.


Karen Lisle

Karen rises with the dawn chorus and ensures everywhere is clean and tidy. A hard working member of the team Karen is always busy. Out of work Karen enjoys spending time with her beautiful liver spot dalmatian dog Bru.


Nicky Needham

Is a full time member of staff on our busy yard. She has an abundance of experience being a qualified AI and having a Higher National Diploma in Equine Science. Nicky has worked in racing for much of her career life but is now enjoying being a member of our hard working yard team, ensuring all equines enjoy their stay as much as is possible. Nicky has two retired horses, a mare she bred from and a mare who competed at riding club, and a pony that her daughter enjoys Pony Club with.


John Hunt  Head of Maintenance. 

John is in charge of all our maintenance needs here at our equine practice and also at all our other branches. He is a dab hand with his tools, repairing and maintaining fencing stables and buildings. Big or small he can fix it we’d be lost without him! In his spare time John enjoys spending time with his children and restoring cars and motorbikes.

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