Little Munden Equestrian is a Highly Commended BHS Livery Yard, part of gaining such high recognition is the fact our staff are highly qualified and experienced, thus providing the highest standards of care for your horse.
Tom Hawkins – Proprietor
Tom learned to ride at a later age, whilst serving as a Royal Air Force Officer and after having met Tracy. He had previously participated in ultra-running, mountaineering and rock climbing. Tracy’s plan to teach Tom enough about horses so that he could muck out hers and act as a competition groom, soon backfired when he caught the equine bug and bought one of his own.
He was a keen eventer and enjoys competing at dressage (having realised that he was too poor to continue playing polo). He is continuing in training his own 8yo giganto 18.1 thoroughbred, having just completed a very successful first British Dressage season, competing at Hartpury in the championship. When not riding, Tom enjoys tractor driving and loading/unloading the washing machine.
Tracy Hawkins - Administration and Events
Tracy started riding aged 5 yrs, she spent every spare minute of her childhood working on yards in exchange for free rides and has a vast range of experience of riding many different types of horses. After leaving school, she studied Brooksby Agricultural College and worked on both hunting and point-to-point yards. Having an early mid-life crisis, she changed careers and qualified in Sports Medicine then worked in professional rugby at national and international level for 15 years, where she specialised in the development and implementation of specific rehabilitation programmes for elite sportsmen.
Following a serious neck injury, Tracy qualified as a Doctor of McTimoney chiropractic and now runs her own clinic. The majority of her patients are sports people, with many horse riders ranging from happy hackers to those competing professionally. Using her 30 years of experience, Tracy offers help to our liveries and their horses, assisting them by developing fitness and rehabilitation programmes, using her knowledge of both horse and rider bio-mechanics to help them achieve their riding goals. She successfully competes at elementary dressage and endurance riding. She claims this shows a true all-rounder; the rest of us wonder if she just likes to take a detour down the centre line.
Eva Döhmann - Yard Manager
Eva has been working with horses since the age of 14, gaining experience in riding schools, livery and equine veterinary clinics. In 2014 she completed her 3 year graduate training in Germany in Equine Husbandry, Equine Production and Service with outstanding grades. From 2014 to 2016, she worked for international dressage riders Amy Stovold and Andrew Gould, where she was responsible for the competition preparation and daily care of their international dressage horses. She has a special interest in working horses from the ground to develop their strength in a natural action. Whilst she gets fantastic results with the horse, if you see her coming towards you with a lunge line, you may want to trot off before you find yourself going round in circles with your gait being analysed!
Kayleigh Ward - Deputy Yard Manager
Kayleigh spent the first 9 years of working with horses in the racing industry, traveling all over the UK and Europe. Her passion was the young horses preparing them for the life they had ahead of them. Her quiet compassionate nature, makes her the perfect person to teach young horses how to be handled and behave in all situations. From this experience, she has a special interest in developing a horse to reach its full potential, especially those who may not have had the best start in life.
Ask Sarah what she does; the answer is "Horses - they are my passion". Sarah started riding at the age of 4 and has hardly left the saddle since. Originally from South Africa, after completing an Equine Studies Diploma, she spent time at the Equine Quarantine Centre in Mauritius, taking care of highly valuable endurance horses that were moving from South Africa to the Middle East. She was responsible for their day to day care and their fitness training programmes. If you want to get your horse super fit, Sarah is your girl!