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I first met Gerda Warner at a biomechanics clinic a few years ago but wasn't in a position to have lessons with her until more recently. I have two very different horses, both in character and conformation, and my body is not at its best after several decades of full-on martial arts. But Gerda knows exactly how to help horse and rider, despite our physical obstacles, and is patient, caring, flexible, explains everything beautifully, has a great sense of humour and is very knowledgable in all aspects of horsemanship. I really look forward to our lessons and each time, I come away having learnt something new, made great progress and with lots to work on. I can't recommend her highly enough, whether you want to compete at a high level, or just enjoy your horse. PS - The same is true for Chryssi!
Can't speak highly enough about this yard. Great horse care, wonderful instructors, kettle is always on, regular clinics and in house shows, friendly, kind and welcoming. I just wish they were closer to Cambridge!
We are still fairly new to Water Farm, however, myself, my young daughter and new Conemarra have been welcomed in and treated like family at this superb yard.
The facilities are excellent, the surrounding countryside is stunning,
Gerda, Chrysi and their team are very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. The atmosphere is warm and encouraging.
Water Farm caters for all abilities, from young, energetic and enthusiastic to the older more reserved rider. Nothing is ever too much trouble and we are extremely pleased with the coaching and care that is being given to my daughter and her young horse.
I can't rate Water Farm Dressage Centre highly enough.
After looking for the right yard at the start of 2018, Waterfarm couldn't have been more perfect. From the get go Gerda and Chrysi have been so welcoming along with all the other Waterfarmies and friends. The clubhouse is lovely on cold winter days and always stocked up on those well needed coffees and teas. Waterfarm has such a friendly atmosphere with Gerda and Christi always there if you need any advice, support or help.
The horses in their care are treated like royalty with visits from the farrier, saddler, chiropractor and more when required to ensure the horses are as happy and comfortable as needed. Lessons by either Gerda or Christi are really informative and the Waterfarm horses from novice to medium advanced level are amazing to ride if you don't have your own. They also offer a variety of loans to suit different requirements.
The facilities they have are amazing, including acres of land so nearly all equines can live in herds like they would in the wild. They hold frequent competitions in their beautiful outdoor arena for people of all levels of dressage and also clinics including some by Arthur Kottas and Hilary Vernon.
Waterfarm has really been one of the best things in my life along with my loan horse there. Whether you have a small interest in dressage or compete regularly, Waterfarm really caters for all!
It’s Kerry from the last nights Intro C, thanks so much for being so kind and welcoming. Myself and Johnny are very new to all this and I was so nervous.
I didn’t fully catch her name but think it’s Chrissy, she was an absolute star too!
Both Cathy and I had a really nice evening and Johnny (horse) enjoyed being somewhere new - well he probably didn’t care but he enjoyed the fuss and apples he got for keeping in the arena hahaha
You have a beautiful place. And one giant of a horse!
Very much hope to be back soon, the judge gave great feed back and it’s all things we know we have to work so good that he’s didn’t do anything out of the ordinary and terrible 🙂
And she said he was a handsome boy- proud mum.
Sent whilst whizzing around so apologies for any typos or grammar mistakes..
Thank you so very much for making our stay at Water Farm so memorable. The Kottas clinic was amazing to attend and your warmth and welcome second to none.
Water Farm is a haven of peacefulness and friendship. Joe settled immediately and clearly enjoyed the fuss Chrysi made of him. Thank you and Chrysi for sharing your knowledge and experience.
Working Joe in hand with Herr Kottas was an experience I will never forget, and I feel honoured to have had the opportunity to be part of the entire four days. Watching the riders and Herr Kottas was fascinating, I learnt so much just from being part of the audience
Bryon and I felt we were part of one big family during our stay; everybody was cheerful, friendly, helpful, passionate about their horses and having the opportunity to attend this clinic with a most incredible man.
Once again, thank you.
Janette and Bryon
My friend and I came to Water Farm on Sunday for the first time and found it to be a very pleasurable experience . Every one was so friendly and put you at your ease , I have to say I don’t normally like competing on an outside arena but my horse and I didn’t find it a problem at all .
It’s a beautiful venue and deserves to be well supported We shall definitely be returning. Thank you Gerda and team
I first came to the Yard in February 2018 as a Livery with my young mare. I was first drawn to Water a Farm not just for the fantastic facilities including indoor stabling, and indoor and outdoor arenas but for the way in which the horses welfare and care is of he upmost importance.
I loved the fact that horses were allowed to be horses. If possible they are encouraged to turn out in herds and live out for as much of the year as possible. They have ample grazing and the horses individual needs are catered for.
My mare started off turned out on her own with a friend next door, she was then carefully introduced to the herd over time and went from being a very nervous (unhandled) little soul to a very relaxed and confident girl within no time at all.
It is clear to see how happy and relaxed the horses are and even their 5 year old thoroughbred is like a dog on a lead.
The support and training is second to none, Gerda and Chrysi have a wealth of knowledge and experience and are more than happy to help when ever you need it. Whether it be on the ground or give some coaching tips when on board.
I have been on many yards and as a Dressage rider have struggled to find anywhere that has a decent arena surface as a bad surface can cause many injuries. The surfaces in the indoor and outdoor are amazing and so well cared for, harrowed and watered everyday for the perfect going for your trusted friend.
It is also the friendliest Yard that I have ever been on, there is always time for coffee and cake. Monthly competition and clinics are held at the Yard and the atmosphere remains calm and fun throughout.
I can not give higher praise for this Yard, and even since selling my horse through my ill health I am still finding myself at Water Farm most days.
A truly wonderful yard with wonderful people and only the best care for the happiest of horses.
This is a wonderful venue to both ride and enjoy auditing a clinic. Gerda, Chrysie and all the staff couldn't be more welcoming to visitors which makes for a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The indoor arena is lovely to ride in with excellent mirrors. The club house and garden immediately next to the indoor school provides a great space for relaxed and convivial socialising and adds greatly to a visitor's enjoyment. And,moreover, it's very easy to get to off the A12.
On my arrival I was instantly shown a box for my horse with the bedding I said I used and hay all in. Then we were greeted over coffee which made you feel very relaxed. I found Gerda and daughter really loverly instantly felt like I've been there for weeks . I would recommend anybody to stay in such a wonderful place with the most wonderful people. I cannot praise them enough it deserves to be a very good business as they run it with such care and you are all made to feel very special. My thanks to them both and all the staff who contributed. This is one of the nicest places I could ever think of to have a clinic thank you so much to all of you from Christine and Yvonne