OUR TEAM

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Sutton Farm Equestrian Centre boasts outstanding facilities combined with experienced and friendly staff.

We are able to offer various 5* agistment packages, from shared options to full-board in our iconic stable complex, with the option of incorporating your choice of training, coaching and competing to the highest standards with our in-house International FEI Dressage Rider & Coach, Alice Hurley.

 
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Alice Hurley

Alice Hurley is Sutton Farms International FEI Dressage Rider & Coach. Alice is experienced with competing and training a diverse range of horses, including Warmbloods, ponies, Lusitanos and PRE’s; from Young Horse to competitive International Inter I level, and training at Grand Prix.

Alice has a sympathetic and enthusiastic approach to training; working with riders and horses of all abilities and breeds, from grassroots to competitive Dressage and showing. Alice began her dressage career in 1999 after winning the British Dressage National Talent Spotting. During her time as part of the Under 21’s National Squad, Alice was selected to represent Great Britain on several occasions including competing in Holland, Ireland, England and Northern Ireland.

After finishing her A-levels, Alice began working at the World renowned Woodlander Stud where she gained invaluable experience in handling youngstock, backing, starting and producing young Warmbloods to the highest standard. Alice left Woodlander Stud to begin studying her Equine Science degree at Hartpury College where she was selected for the Elite Squad on the Sports Academy, where she received training from Olympic Gold Medalist, Carl Hester.

Upon completing her degree in 2010, Alice began working for Premier PRE Dressage. As Head Rider, Alice has enjoyed National and International success up to Small Tour level across Europe, including Spain, Ireland, Belgium, Italy, France and England. Off the back of representing Ireland internationally, in recent years Alice has received training from four time Olympian, Richard Davison and International Spanish Grand Prix rider, Victor Alvarez.

 
 
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Dee Bennett

Dee Bennett joined the Sutton Farm team as Head of Equine Care back February 2018. Dee brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge to the team from her earliest childhood interactions with horses at the age of just 4. Moving through pony club, competing in dressage then literally moving to the world of show jumping. 

Originally from WA, Dee commenced her equine career firstly as a polo groom to then be poached by Alison Rowland as her head groom travelling the country for 4 years. Finally taking Dee to the European World Cup and all that comes with preparation for an event of that level. On returning to Australia Dee then took up the role as an equine vet assistant, adding yet another layer to her already vast equine knowledge.

Dee has gained significant practical experience working with horses in a “hands-on” capacity; gained in the polo, breeding, show jumping industry. In addition, Dee has experience in working as an equine veterinary assistant.

There is no substitute for direct experience working with horses, and Dee certainly has had her fair share of interactions over the years. We are very pleased to have Dee as a part of the team with her valuable insight into equine behaviour Dee is responsible for the horses including, reviewing feeds for optimum nutrition and ensuring the horses are shod, wormed and maintaining our pastures.

Your horse will be in the best hands possible we are a dedicated team and want to work with you and your horse to be the best you can be!

 
 
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Jackie Cussen

Jackie joined the Sutton Farm team in January 2018, Jackie also brings a wealth of knowledge to the team from a kid loving horses to owning her own equestrian centre when her family first moved to the Highlands so much experience handling any number of difference horses is a valuable asset to the team her calm disposition puts horses at ease

Jackie has been involved with our local pony club for many years and currently trains and competes her quarter horse gelding Whizz in reining, recently competing at this year’s state show 

There is no substitute for direct experience working with horses, and Jackie certainly has had her fair share of interactions over the years. Your horse will be in the best hands possible we are a dedicated team and want to work with you and your horse to be the best you can be!