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ABOUT

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Church Farm Stables

Church Farm is a family-owned equestrian centre. It was established by Andrew and Haidee Millin in 1984 offering show jumping competitions, schooling, and livery services. In 1992 a chance comment led to them organising their first show jumping event and 5 years later, Church Farm Riding Club had become one of the largest in the North West. 

Facilities

The Millins have continually invested in their facilities to ensure that they are always the best in class. With 12 acres situated in the centre of Mawdesly village, they now have two all-weather Fibre Sand Competition arenas and a large Grass Arena. This features permanent obstacles including a Devils Dyke, a large bank, raised road and open water. Church Farm has recently built a brand new state of the art stable block and future plans include residential facilities for camps and trainee riders. 

These facilities are widely used by professionals and grass roots riders alike from across the North of England. The opportunity to be able to train and compete in such an environment has proved to be an invaluable asset to the education of all levels of horse and rider. 

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Our Future

In 2023 Charlie Millin, Haidee and Andrew's son, joined the team. Having grown up on the yard, Charlie already has a wealth of experience and has set out new plans to build the yard for the years to come. 

Together, Charlie and Andrew have become much sought after as show jumping coaches and can be found most days out on the arenas offering help and advice to novice and professional riders. 

Charlie's passion is the rearing and scale of young horses and Church Farm Stables is the ideal place to train, educate and ultimately demonstrate, the quality and depth of horsepower available amongst their horses and prospective clients. 

OUR TEAM

CHARLIE MILLIN - CFS Director

Charlie, 22, was on the back of a horse, literally before he could walk. At 4 years old, he started competing at local pony club events, moving on to regular show jumping competitions around the North West, including our own events here at Church Farm. 

His first real successes started with a small pony called Billy Bandit, not the easiest ride as it turned out, but Charlie formed a unique bond with Billy and the two of them were a formidable partnership. 

Forward 15 years and Charlie is now the sole competition rider at Church Farm Stables. He progressed on to horses in 2017 and has since competed at numerous prestigious shows such as Liverpool International, Bolseworth International, Hicksted and many more. 

Charlie has sourced and produced a string of young horses that are all extremely talented. With the help and support from a dedicated team his career took a massive leap in 2023, when he qualified the home produced CFS Miami, for the World Young Horse Championships. Some 275 of the World's best 6-year-old horses came forward and Miami was up there with the best. 

With Charlie's dedication and keen eye for perfection, he is focused on building Church Farm into a leading horse breeding stables. 

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ANDREW MILLIN - Founder & Director

Andrew has been a professional show jumper since the age of 18, achieving international status in the 1990's and producing horses from novice to Grand Prix throughout his career. 

Although he no longer competes, he continues to channel his talent as a British show jumping UKCC Level 3 Coach and Level 4 Course Designer. 

He is passionate about nurturing future riders and the production of young horses and works closely with Charlie and his team of young horses. 

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HAIDEE MILLIN - Founder & Operations Manager

Haidee started Church Farm livery stables with Andrew in 1984. She rode and competed from a very early age, later finding her talent in the schooling and improving the flatwork of all the horses she took into her care.

 

Today she is the central part of the Church Farm team. She co-ordinates and manages the logistics and operational running of the farm including the planning and organising of all the events throughout the year. Importantly she is responsible for the welfare of the whole team, both human and equine. 

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SARAH ROBY - Collecting Ring Steward 

Sarah has been with Church Farm since 1990. She is our most longstanding livery and still has a horse on the yard who she rides every day. Sarah has always been a part of the shows and now keeps the collecting ring in order at all the CFS shows throughout the year.  

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LYNDA DAVIS - Multitasking Co-ordination Manager

Lynda has been part of the Church Farm team since 2000. She first arrived as a livery and then took on the role of  'Granny Groom', originally for Haidee, but more recently, Charlie. She now acts as the show co-ordinator for most of Church Farm events, she heads the show jump painting team, walks the dogs and helps around the yard when she has a spare minute! 

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SUE ASHCROFT - Equine Welfare Technician 

Sue is our most recent member of staff, although she has been connected with Church Farm since 1993. She works part time looking after the welfare of CFS horses and is now established as an essential part of the team. 

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EVIE BARTON - Yard Groom

Evie is a part time groom at Church Farm Stables. She is a valued member of the team, combining working at the yard with her university studies. 

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