E-J Eldridge


Horse & Hound - - Horse & Hound Awards 2017 -

“ITREAT ev­ery horse ex­actly the same,” said this year’s Horse­ware Groom of the Year win­ner E-J Eldridge, yard man­ager at Stal­lion AI Ser­vices in Shrop­shire. Such im­par­tial­ity must be a chal­lenge, when E-J’s equine clients have in­cluded Big Star, Ramiro B and Arko. “I’m in­cred­i­bly lucky to work with some amaz­ing horses,” said 30-year-old E-J.

But with 170 stal­lions through their doors al­ready this year, rang­ing from “a mas­sive Shire, who’s ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful” to two lit­tle ponies, E-J has no time for star treat­ment.

“We’re pro­vid­ing a ser­vice and we do ev­ery­thing in the stal­lion’s best in­ter­est. So we try to keep the rou­tine sim­i­lar to what they have at home, be­cause it can be quite a tax­ing process for the stal­lions some­times. But if you keep ev­ery­thing the same and calm, it helps,” she said.

“When you walk into our barn at home, you’d never think it was full of stal­lions, it’s so re­laxed.”

E-J per­fected her trade first at Ec­cle­ston Eques­trian Cen­tre where she qual­i­fied as a rid­ing in­struc­tor, be­fore go­ing on to be­come deputy yard man­ager for in­ter­na­tional dres­sage rider Gareth Hughes and later work­ing for Emile Fau­rie.

There are of course dan­gers to work­ing with stal­lions — one once fell on top of her when she was col­lect­ing se­men from him — but it hasn’t de­terred her.

“I just have a mas­sive love for horses — and I love the at­ten­tion to de­tail that’s needed. I couldn’t ask for a bet­ter job.”

‘I have a mas­sive love for horses. I couldn’t ask for a bet­ter job’ E-J ELDRIDGE

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