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 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 

Sarah normally works with us in the afternoons, but is currently on 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 Jules and her new baby boy 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.

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.

judeJudy Foster
Judy joined as a full time member of the yard staff in March 2016 . She treats all horses at the practice as if they are one of her own.
She comes with a wealth of equine experience, owning and working with horses since the age of 11. She has backed and brought on youngsters of her own up to the level of BD novice and has worked with successful Standardbred pacers, showjumpers , and show horses. Achieving the BHS Stable Manager qualification.

lizLiz George

ami-peaceAmi Peace I joined the Pool House team in June 2017, and I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I enjoy every aspect of the job especially when our patients go home happy and healthy.
Outside of work my spare time is taken up by my own horses, I have two rescue shetlands called Hugo and Beetle Juice, a traditional cob called Cheeko and a show cob called Guinnes. I compete in all riding club activities as well as county level showing. I also have two dogs, Zeus and buddy, they love to come to the yard and help look after the horses.

emily-hEmily Hodgson  A farmers daughter growing up, I have always worked with and cared for a mixture of animals. I currently own two horses mother and daughter (who I compete). I have experience working with a variety of horses in a number of different disciplines (showjumping, RDA, TB racing stud). I also have my BHS&DONKEY care qualifications along side my FdSc in Equine Science and Management which I completed at Hartpury in May 2016, and within a week I started working at Pool House.


sophieSophie Camp  I have been around horses all my life and had my first pony at 4yrs. I attended PC & RC and have worked on several yards. I completed an Equine Apprenticeship with Stubbing Court achieving a Level 1 & 2 in Equine Horse Care.  In my spare time I train and compete my horse Alfie and enjoy spending time with our two Labradors Jack and Womble.


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.

Sarah Foster

sarah-fosterSarah has worked with ponies and horses since she was 5, bringing youngsters on and competing (PC, RC, BSPS, hunting, BSJ, BD and eventing!). The last 14 years she has worked as a freezemark operator. Although no longer competing she has 2 horses at home; Poppy (6 yr old mare, started eventing) and Lilly (9 yr old mare recovering from kissing spine problems and back in light work). Sarah also enjoys going on long walks and visiting eventing fixtures accompanied by her little terrier X dogs Rolo and Heidi.

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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