Bassett Equestrian Livery & Schooling is owned and managed by Francesca Hicks.
Francesca, who began riding at age 7, combines over 15 years' experience of teaching and training horses with a lifelong passion for eventing. With previous experience working at dressage and eventing yards, as well as working as a competition groom for an international show jumper, it was a natural step for Francesca to start a livery yard.
The yard, which owes its name to her 'heart horse' — Bassett, allows Francesca to spend time with horses, fulfilling her genuine passion for all things equine. She is comfortable and at ease interacting with horses of all different personalities.
Training and caring for her own horses, Francesca understands horse wellbeing is of upmost importance to us all.
Francesca has a keen interest in horse anatomy and physiology and understanding the scientific impact of nutrition. She enjoys formulating feed plans, matching the right feed and supplements to the horse.
Francesca's genuine love of horses shines through everything she does. Whatever your livery requirements, by choosing Francesca and Bassett Equestrian Livery & Schooling, you can rest assured of a quality service in peaceful surroundings, in one of the area's finest livery yards.
Francesca's 'heart horse' is Bassett.
Bassett is a 14-year-old gelding given to Francesca after his owner struggled to prevent him from bucking off his rider. After two years of battles, hard work and determination, Francesca and Bassett began their eventing journey.
Jumping up to 110cm in a number of affiliated and unaffiliated events, they also participated in a number of school, university and riding club activities. After five enjoyable and successful years, Bassett sadly succumbed to kissing spines and is now living the life of a pampered pony on retirement.
Bassett gave Francesca the experience and ability to produce young stock, which includes Ariana — a 3-year-old warmblood mare by Flashpoint.
Ariana is beginning a promising career and is headed to the British Eventing Young Horse Championships at Osberton International Horse Trials.
With heavy hearts we are sad to share that the very promising and much-loved Freddie, a 4-year-old ex-racehorse, was sadly lost to Wobbler syndrome, or cervical vertebral malformation (CVM) in November 2020. He will be much missed.