Home of Dan and Jo Titterton. Dedicated to dressage and eventing, we specialise in producing horses and ponies of any size to the highest level of competition, with a particular passion for re-training of race horses. Set in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands, Draycott-in-the-Moors, we have fantastic road and rail links making us accessible to all.
UKCC Level 2 BD listed freelance instructor available for lessons and clinics here at MCF Equestrian or off site.
Dan and Jo first met some 26 years ago at their local riding school. They grew up together sharing their love of everything horsey. Evenings and weekends were spent riding and caring for their ponies. They spent hours working at the riding school in exchange for riding lessons.
They both competed regularly in dressage, showing, show jumping and eventing competitions, usually competing against each other!
Jo went on to work at an eventing and livery yard whilst training for her BHS exams before achieving a UKCC Level 2 as well as graduating in 2012 from Staffs University with a Diploma to Teach in Further and Higher Education. She has also recently trained with Lindsay Wilcox-Reid to become an Equipilates Affiliated Instructor. This enables her to provide rider position analysis both on and off the horse, combined with stretches/techniques to improve perormance in the saddle through straighness, balance and correct position therefore enhancing the horse and rider partnership. From this, she has developed The Dressage Academy and Horse and Rider Alignment Clinics (See Clinics page for details) Jo’s passion is teaching and she loves nothing more than seeing the development in her clients, whether it be beginner or advanced.
Dan followed his love of racing and worked at a racing yard at weekends. This is where his stickability was developed, as well as a wealth of knowledge and experience in training for fitness.
Whilst sharing their love of anything equine, their competition paths have taken a different route. Dan thrives on the thrill of eventing, competing up to British Eventing 1* level. His particular passion is retraining race horses and he has enjoyed many successes with some of his horses.
Jo however prefers to keep all 4 feet on the ground nowaday’s and has persued her love of dressage, having self trained her current horse to Advanced Medium level.
In 2008 Marsh Cottage Farm was purchased. The farm had been unoccupied for 18months and was in quite a state of disrepair! Horses always the priority, the stables were the starting point with the house being way down on the to do list! Slowly but surely everything has been renovated, re-built and improved as they turned their dream into reality to create a desirable, fully equipped competition yard.
As of 15th October 2018 we are delighted to be able to offer rehabilitation livery at our yard in Draycott, Staffordshire. Our aim is a great team working together in rehabbing horses (and riders!)
A little bit about us:
Set in the Heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands with excellent road links, MCF Equestrian is ideally located.
We have a private barn of 4 light and airy rubber matted stables offering a peaceful environment for horses to relax during their rehabilitation period
We have excellent facilities including:
•Large internal rubber matted stables
•Extra large 46ft diameter horse walker
•Hot wash box
•Equissage Pulse and hand held unit to assist the recovery of numerous injuries as well as ensuring the horses muscles stay relaxed
•Full range of magnetic therapy rugs and boots
•Flat individual paddocks for controlled turnout if required
•Large all weather ménage with excellent surface
•Large concrete area for vet/physio/farrier inspection plus hand walking/long reigning
We have an amazing team of professionals working with us to ensure the best possible standard of care:
•ACPAT physiotherapist Sarah Light (meaning we can take insurance referrals)
•FWCF remedial farrier Jonathan Nunn
•Society of Master Saddlers John Hirrell SMS QSF Saddle Fitter
•Event Rider and retrainer of racehorses Dan Titterton
•Prix St George’s Dressage Rider, UKCC coach, Equipilates Biomechanics coach and Level 3 Pilates Instructor Jo Titterton
We can offer a variety of rehabilitation services including:
•Hand walking/Long Reining,Ground work including pole work etc in line with vet instructions
•Bringing back into controlled work in line with vet instructions
•Full Physiotherapy program in line with vet instructions including Electrotherapy (NEMS neuro electrical muscle stimulation or interferential) K-Tape, Myofascia release and joint mobilisation, ultra sound etc
•Rider Alignment with sessions on and off the horse.
What sets us apart from the rest?
We feel we complete the full package for horse and rider and the work that Jo does with the rider on and off the horse ensures the treatment and soundness of the horse is not affected through a crooked rider, something that is often missed and is vitally important. Jo works with all levels of riders from happy hacking to Grand Prix Dressage riders and without doubt improving the riders position and effectiveness in the saddle transforms the horses way of going dramatically. A crooked rider will create a crooked horse which in time will have an affect on the horses soundness. Jo uses techniques that have instant results for the benefit of the horse to ensure they can continue working correctly following their prescribed rehab.
We have successfully rehabilitated our own and clients horses following various conditions/injuries including:
•Suspensary ligament damage
•Open fracture of the pelvis
•Fractured splint bone etc etc
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or would like to discuss any possible cases. We are fully insured and have ran a successful livery/competition yard for over 10 years, we have over 25 years experience, references available
Contact Them :
Marsh Cottage Farm, Uttoxeter Road, Draycott, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST11 9NR
Call : 07796 175128
Website : mcfequestrian.co.uk
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