Hill House Sport Horses is a family run business set up in 2017 which buys, produces and sells quality show jumping horses that have the talent and ability to potentially be successful at the top of the sport.
Heather (25) is an international showjumper who began her riding career from a very young age. She started as an enthusiastic pony club member attending every rally possible and also did a lot of showing in her younger years. This included several placings at HOYS and the RIHS. At the age of 14 she won the Pony Club Novice National Eventing Championships. In her late teens she went on to event at a high level, picking up her first top 10 international results at CCI* level at Blair and Tattersalls and also completed her first CCI**.
Throughout the 2012-2013 season she started to show jump ‘Anytime II’ they had 18 wins and numerous placings together at 1.20/1.30 level. This included a win at the local Bath & West County show in the Grade C Final. Her trainer at the time Bina Ford recommended going to work and train at a professional’s yard. Since then, she continues to train with Stuart Harvey and spent 2015-2016 based at his yard in Frensham, Surrey.
Stuart plays an important role in the business in helping find young horses and offering valuable advice. Townhead Imagine de Muze was bought in April 2015 as a 7 year old and she has since shaped Heather’s first two years of competing internationally. Notable results include; top 10 placings in CSI** Grand Prix’s and finished 6th in the Dodson & Horrell World Class u25 final at the Olympia Horse Show.
Whilst based in Surrey Heather met her partner James Wilson and after leaving Frensham they set the yard up together at Hill House Farm in 2016.
At 23, James is an international showjumper who began his career at an early age. At just 5 years old, James took over the family pony and straight away he was hooked. After trying his hand at most equine disciplines, he decided to focus solely on showjumping and at the age of 13 when he was given a very good 148cm pony to ride.
At the age of 16 James got his first serious horse “Clydecruiser,” and by the following year he jumped double clear in the junior Nations Cup trials at Wales and West. A great achievement when he only had the side of a hill and two jumps to practice with!
The following year came, and the decision was made to concentrate on horses as a future and career path.
At the age on 17 James went to work for Stuart Harvey. Here James learnt about producing young horses to the highest level. Stuart taught him a lot about what to look for in a young horse and still helps in looking for young horses and receives training on a regular basis.
After a brief stint in Switzerland James then moved to Holland to work for the Dutch Breeder Egbert Schep. Riding 12 horses a day and taking 9 horses to shows each week, he learnt a lot about horses and riding in the ring.
After moving back to England, James spent some time working at IN showjumpers near London. Here he got a little taste for the international shows.
James then met Heather and the decision was made to start their own stable. The first six months they based themselves in Surrey with Stuart, whom heather was training with at the time, until things were more established. After the spring tour in Oliva Nova (Spain) they moved back to Hill House Farm in Somerset, where things have gone from strength to strength; and now boast a yard full of promising talented horses.
Susan left school at 16 and went to Wensleydale in the Yorkshire dales to train with Bertie John, gaining her BHSAI and Pony Club ‘A’ Test.
Her brothers both played high goal polo in the 1980’s and her role within the team was managing and keeping the polo ponies fit to play. Notable wins for the Southfield Team were The Warwickshire at Cirencester, The Queens Cup at Windsor and The Gold Cup at Cowdray!
Teaching was her passion and became a qualified (unregistered now) riding instructor to the BHSII standard.
She now lives on the West Coast of Scotland managing Kingairloch Estate and supports both her daughters in their endeavours.