Accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
Approved by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports
Accredited by the British Equine Veterinary Association
Meet Our Equine Veterinary Team
Here’s some insight into the experience, qualifications and passions of our team members, all people who care for horses with the ultimate in professionalism, expertise, compassion and attention to detail.
Chantal Siddle started her equestrian life at two years old, the child of respected BHSI Nessa Nashat. Qualifying as a BHSAI at just seventeen, Chantal progressed through the Pony Club route to gain the vital knowledge and experience required to succeed.
Since then her career has taken her across the continent and back, working for the likes of Ginny Leng and Leida Stryke and training with Anky Van Grunsven. Kenneth Clawson, a particularly influential trainer, has become a life-long friend.
Now based back home in rural Shropshire, Chantal teaches and competes full time. Training riders at every level, her impressive address book boasts JRN and juniors, FEI pony riders, intermediate and international event riders. She also teaches pure dressage.
Chantal’s humorous and likeable personality makes her the perfect match for grassroots and novice riders with lower-key competitive expectations.
The Vet - Mark Siddle BVSc MRCVS
After qualifying at the highly regarded University of Liverpool, Leahurst, Mark took on key roles in various leading thoroughbred yards before spending three years as resident stud vet at the prestigious Irish National Stud.
Mark’s travel and veterinary ambitions have taken him to work at some of the best equine establishments in Australia and New Zealand as well as here in the UK. In Australia he worked at Woodland Stud who offer quality stallions to the world through AI as a paramount source of precocious young group winners. Mark then traveled to Windsor Park NZ who are acknowledged as Australasia’s leading thoroughbred breeders where he continued his stud work. On returning back to the UK Mark spent 5 years working at Rainbow Equine hospital who are the largest fully equipped RCVS Tier 3 Equine refferal hospital in the North east .The variety of practices & studs means Mark has cared for every type of horse from racehorses to polo ponies.
These days Mark is well-established as a dynamic, world class Veterinary Surgeon, and is the Independent vet Siddle Veterinary Service.
Thanks to his expertise we’re able to bring a suite of essential, high tech services at your own yard ;
- Digital radiography in your own yard
- Video endoscopy in your own yard
- Digital ultrasonography in your own yard
Along with the option of horses being treated at home we also offer clients the option to bring their horse to our practice every Thursday for our drop-in-clinic where horses can also be treated. The clinic is open every Thursday 11-3Pm
Our Veterinary Physiotherapist - Emma Dainty
We’re delighted to work with Emma Dainty, resident Chartered Physiotherapist, at our Shropshire base. Emma runs monthly clinics on-site, essential for successful equine rehabilitation and therapy, working closely with our vet Mark Siddle to formulate effective, tailored recuperation programmes.
As a qualified chartered human physiotherapist, Emma has a broad experience of sports injuries. She gained invaluable experience with the NHS and RAF before embarking on her Masters Degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College.
A truly talented physio, in 2012 Emma was selected to work at Greenwich Park as a Veterinary Physiotherapist, for the now-legendary London Olympics.
Emma has been instrumental in the successful recovery of numerous orthopaedic and spinal cases in large and small animals. Her case load regularly includes a broad spectrum of horses and ponies across every disciplines, from FEI international competitors and Racehorses to pleasure horses and pets.
Our rider and horse analyst - Russell Quire
The founder of Centaur Biomechanics, Russell specialises in horse and rider performance analysis. His career is steeped in equestrianism, working with people like Di Lampard and Tim Stockdale, and taking his talents abroad to Germany for a time.
While completing his degree, Russell managed an equine rehabilitation centre for 16 months. These days he brings the very latest software and techniques to focus on rider posture, maintaining and improving performance and increasing the soundness of both horse and rider.
Russell has provided performance analysis to the BEF World Class Performance Programme since 2006, and uses the same remarkable video and gait analysis software to support the work carried out by our resident vet Mark.
The Farrier - Jim Blurton of Forden Farriers
Jim Blurton, World Champion Farrier, 2005, has been a practicing farrier for more than 30 years. His father was a farrier and inspired him from an early age to follow in his footsteps. Jim served a comprehensive apprenticeship under his father’s watchful eye and was taught skills derived from over 40 years. At the age of 18 Jim knew he wanted to be the best in the world and started competing in local competitions. It wasn’t long before he rapidly established himself as a one of the best farriers’ in the Shropshire district. He was winning national competitions by the age of 20 and representing Wales internationally. He has now been representing his country for more than 30 years and was finally crowned World Champion in Calgary in 2005, after 15 years of regularly finishing in the top 5.
Jim has grown the farrier business, taking on apprentices and qualified staff. He has trained over 15 apprentices in 20 years, and now employs 9 farriers covering an area from Cheshire to Gloucester
Working closely with Chantal and Mark on both the equestrian and veterinary sides of the business, Jim proves an invaluable addition to the team.