Slate Stables is situated in the heart of the Ribble
Valley just 10 minutes from the motorway network (M6,
J31), 20 minutes from Preston Railway Station and 40
minutes from Manchester Airport. See_Map:
Brothers Stuart and Nigel Hollings moved to Blue Slate
in 1975. Prior to this they had enjoyed much success
in pony showing classes- Nigel won the acclaimed Pony
of the Year title with Snailwell Charles in 1972 and
they both spent time training with Davina Whiteman who
produced their ponies. Nigel met Penny Davies in 1986,
she had competed successfully in riding club showing
and had trained to BHSAI level, she began to work for
the brothers and schooled many horses including Fair
Breeze- Riding Horse of the Year with Nigel in 1989.
Penny married Nigel in 1990.
Our whole approach
to the training of horses and ponies is to get them
to enjoy their work and therefore go well as they
will be happy.We work closely with our equine physio, dentist and farrier to ensure that the animals are in the best possible health and are therefore able to work to their best.Horses are better when they are in
a secure environment and they derive security from
the handler/rider being in charge and working with them to develop a good relationship where the animal trusts them.
It important that the animal understands why you behave
in a certain way towards them. I find that most older
“problem” horses are misunderstood and
therefore with time and patience they will unravel
and become more settled and ‘normal’ individuals.
Even though we have
a floating population of 28 horses and ponies, they
are all treated as individuals. They are in a stable which suits them and we'll change
it if they don’t settle. Some animals will prefer
to be where there is plenty going on whereas others
are happier in a quiet corner. We have had animals
who won’t settle in the field, we would find
them a calm friend to go out with and put them in
the play pen so that they are near the yard and feel
more secure, as they settle we put them in further
fields and gradually they relax.
We believe that regular turning out is essential to
an animal’s mental well-being and again will
tailor the playing out time to suit each individuals
In conclusion our aim is to produce happy, well-balanced
horses and ponies who will work in harmony with their
& Hound Columnist Stuart
is a former council member of BSHA,BSPS,NPS
and NPS area 4. He is on all major judging panels
and has judged at many major shows both at home
is Executive Member of Council of the British
Show Pony Society and Chairman of the Judges
and Assessment Panel. He is also chairman of the British Show
Horse Association and a former council member of Sport Horse Breeding and
CHAPS . He too is on all major
judging panels and judges regularly in the UK
BHS Instructor Penny teaches
regularly and is available for clinics and lessons.
She is an Arab Horse Society,NPS,BSHA and BSPS judge
and judges both In Hand and Ridden Arabs. She
too has judged abroad.
OFFERED BY TEAM HOLLINGS
Hollings is an NPTC City & Guilds Approved Assessor
Certificate of Competance Transport of Animals (Horses
Cattle & Sheep) short and long journey for Drivers,
Attendants & Grooms.
For further details regarding single or group assessments
Please contact Nigel on 07808 583 929
for BHS/BSPS Assistant Trainer & Grooms Exams
Please contact Penny for details 07971 11
for the Show Ring
We take Pony and Rider combination for the full season,
summer or winter.
Organised by Riding Clubs, BSPS Areas or Privately
One or more days at venues anywhere in the UK preferably
during the winter
Covering schooling and all aspects of showing including
ringcraft, trimming and plaiting etc.
Given at colleges and universities or at society social
Short Stay Tuition for children similar to the BSPS
For help and advice on any aspect of showing at any
level e-mail email@example.com
Stuart and Nigel have written several books:
All priced at £4.95 and are available from JA
Allen & Co
and equestrian booksellers and retailers.
Assessment of your horse or pony at your own property
or at Blue Slate
Contact Nigel for details and prices
Limited spaces for lessons with Penny at Fearns Farm
(on A59 between Tarleton and Rufford) are available.
for more information or ring Penny on 07971 117045