Chenhale Farm is a family owned smallholding and equestrian centre in Carharrack in mid Cornwall. It has full permission to operate as a riding school and has done so for the last 30 years or so. In recent years the emphasis has been on individual training in both Dressage and Eventing disciplines.
Candy is a fully qualified Instructor and has a BA in English and Art.
Candy was born in Polruan, Cornwall but has moved all over the world while growing up. She started riding early and has worked in a number of establishments gleaning as much information from each as she could; including Australia.
She ran very successfully a huge yard just outside London in Hertfordshire with over 100 horses, ponies and donkeys. It was here that she passed her equine exams and gained qualifications in teaching, stable management and all areas of breaking, and schooling young horses. She even helped out on occasions at the London Veterinary College in Brookman’s Park when they were short staffed, gaining a lot of veterinary knowledge.
She was in great demand as a teacher for beginners and children due to her quiet and careful approach with them. This passion she passes on to all who meet and work with her.
She has competed in all areas of equestrianism with a penchant for show jumping on her great horse Trooper. She also competed at British Dressage successfully and is now a judge. She has trained dressage to Grand Prix level with the aid of her mentor Pammy Hutton of Talland School of Equitation.
Candy moved back to her native Cornwall in 1980 where she successfully ran a riding school and livery yard at Chenhale Farm Riding School. Many pupils far and wide still keep in touch with her and a number have gone on to become very successful in their own right.
Without an indoor facility to teach in, winter trade became just hacking and so keeping clients through these difficult months wasn’t easy. After a series of very wet winters and hacking in the torrential rain it became rather too much to bear for several riders, so Candy decided, with huge regret, to close the riding school. She was still able to teach in the drier months but sadly did not have any school horses on which to do this, so no beginners and children on which her reputation is spread far and wide. The council asked her to keep going but she didn’t have the capital to build an indoor facility which was evidently very necessary.
Candy met Gary 20 years ago and their mutual passion for horses and Gary’s subsequent retirement has resulted in wanting to start Chenhale Equestrian with an indoor facility.
Candy on her thoroughbred racehorse "Boots" - by Derby winner Brigadier Gerard.
Exercising The Mighty Quin
Showjumping with Trooper
Gary is an import to Cornwall - a relative newcomer having arrived in 1970.
A former advanced Eventer, he now concentrates on Dressage wherein he rides at Grand Prix level.
Gary is also an internationally renowned sound engineer and he combines that skill with his equestrianism to be an authority on dressage to music.
He teaches dressage, jumping and sports psychology.
He too judges Dressage and other equestrian disciplines.
Gary is pictured here with The Mighty Quin at Addington Premier League show.