About UsHome of International event rider, Jake Fowles
Since an early age Jake has had a passion for horses, coming from a ‘non horsey’ background he started his riding on a hobby horse! His parents saw his enthusiasm for all things equine grow with age and have been keen to support him along the way.
The first pony Jake sat on was “Kizzy” (Jakes godmother’s pony), from that moment he was truly ‘hooked’ and he started to ride at several riding schools before settling at Wellow Park Stables; owned by the late Mrs Margaret Willet. Jake spent most of his free time at Wellow Park Stables, helping on the yard and riding his loan pony ‘Ebony’. Margaret soon enticed Jake into helping at “Winkburn Park” horse trials collecting dressage sheets and cross country fencing judging. Winkburn was the beginning of his love and aspirations for eventing. How apt that Wellow Equestrian Centre is based at the old Wellow Park Stables: Jake owes a great deal to this remarkable lady!
On completing his GCSE’s Jake enrolled on the National Diploma in Horse Management at Nottingham Trent University – Brackenhurst. Whilst at Brackenhurst Jake also complete his BHS stage exams and gained valuable work experience with Tinder Box Sport Horses (Tina Canton) and the Pimbley family in Lancashire. Working with a variety of horses, from young-stock, dressage, eventers, hunters, show horses and breakers.
During his years at college Jake also produced his first eventer ‘Wharrels Hill Lad’
After successfully completing the course Jake pursued another of his passions; travelling: He took a ‘gap’ year and spent a lot of this time in Australia. Whilst ‘down under’ Jake really embraced all Australia had to offer, working on his ‘natural horsemanship’, riding out racehorses and caring on a rehabilitation yard. He learnt how to ‘barefoot blacksmith’ and competed in horse trials. During this ten months, mostly spent in northern Victoria, Jake really discovered the quality in simple basics- from handling horses to the enjoyment of day long trail rides, remembering how the partnership between horse and rider can be honed outside the perimeter of a yard or school.
On his return to the UK Jake went to the University of the West of England where he soon became competition secretary to the riding club and qualified for the inter university national championships (although he never made it that far due to injury!). Darryl Thickitt International Dressage rider has helped Jake to improve his dressage skills and knowledge, caring for high level dressage horses as well as having the opportunity to ride advanced movements.
After his university days Jake has freelanced, groomed, ridden and taught. He also came second at HOYS search for a star on Kevin P (owned by Miss V. Parry) who he had produced from a 3 year old.
In 2013 Jake became stable jockey to international four star event rider Gemma Tattersall. Here Jake really learnt how care for top level competition horses and work within a successful team. With Gemma’s help he developed his own riding on his self-produced horse Zorro G, and Gemma’s range of horses.
It is with great pleasure that Jake now starts the next chapter of his equine career – Wellow Equestrian Centre. Jake has a great personal attachment to Wellow as it is where he first truly learnt to ride. Jake’s vision is that WEC can be a quality training facility where people can build and strengthen partnership between horse and rider.
Jake Fowles can be contacted by email on Jake@wellowequestrian.co.uk or by phone on 07804234923