I’m Jenny Staddon, the owner and senior vet at Ridings Equine Vets. I’m feeling excited and heres why; I’m focusing all my energy on bringing you a different type of veterinary practice. A practice that cares about your horse almost as much as you do, a practice that goes the extra mile to really get to know you and what you need from us.
When I was 13 my horse George went lame. We called our local vet out and after a brief examination the vet declared “it could be navicular” then got in his car and drove off. I had no idea what navicular was, my parents were not horsey and Google didn't exist (yes, I really am that old). I remember the sleepless nights, the worry and the uncertainty of what was going to become of my first horse, best friend and absolute love of my life. In the end, he was fine and went on to have many years of ridden work without another day of lameness, in fact he didn't have navicular at all but that’s beside the point. We love our horses, they are part of our family and when something is wrong we worry for them more than we probably worry about ourselves!
I realised when George was lame that often the fear of what might happen to our horses is usually far worse than the reality. I also realised that the only person who could have helped me back then with my questions and concerns was our vet. I decided that day that I wanted to become a horse vet, to help other people in my situation and do a better job than my vet had for me!
And thats why I’m here today. I have dedicated my life to working with horses and after many years of working in other practices I have returned to my Yorkshire roots to accomplish what I set out to do at age 13; provide a veterinary service dedicated to horses and their owners, one that really cares. I want you to feel that your horse is in the best hands, and have peace of mind that should you have a problem I’m here to share it and help you find a solution.
My pets are my family, Charlie and Clover are my two horses that I bred myself, Susie and Ellie are my mini schnauzers who accompany me everywhere. I cant imagine life without any them! My passion is eventing, and someday i’m hoping to get back on the competition circuit with Charlie. Clover unfortunately suffered an injury as a foal which means she can sit back and enjoy the easy life of watching big brother do all the hard work!
I would love nothing more than to look after your horse and show you how different we really are: we genuinely do care. We are taking on limited new clients in 2016 so please complete the Register Horse form at the top of the page to let our journey begin.
I look forward to getting to know you and your horse!
Jenny x x x
Jenny Staddon BVSc certAVP(EP) MRCVS
Jess Putnam (Veterinary Surgeon)
Jess joined the team last summer with partner Adam. Jess had previously worked across the border in Lancashire and has also done an internship at Rainbow Equine Hospital. Jess has been a hit with clients and particularly enjoys lameness and medicine cases. In their spare time Jess and Adam are usually found up a very high mountain or off in the Alps skiing!
Adam Pawson (Veterinary Surgeon)
Adam also joined the team last year and brings with him many years experience working as an equine vet in Lancashire. Adam loves all aspects of his job including dentistry and lameness. In his spare time he enjoys spending time outdoors with his partner Jess and we have heard he's a pretty good cook!
Anna Walby (Veterinary Surgeon)
Anna joined the practice in summer 2016 and has settled in really well. Anna loves all aspects of the job and has really enjoyed getting to know our lovely clients. Anna is a keen eventer with her horses Boo and Clive and spends most weekends off competing. She's also planning a wedding for September! Anna is often accompanied on calls by Ted her Border Terrier.
Vicky Elbeck (Head Groom)
Vicky joined Ridings equine vets in June 2015 and we wouldn't be without her now! Vicky spends a lot of her spare time searching for many of her pet chickens that have decided to take on the mean feat of running away from home! Vicky puts 110% into ensuring that everything is kept in order within the practice and attends calls with the vets. She has recently been nominated for the Petplan Veterinary support staff award! Vicky can often be found out hacking and jumping everything in sight on her horse Rosie!
Annabel Booth (Receptionist)
Our star receptionist Annabel joined the practice in August 2016, Annabel takes pride in looking after our clients and making sure their needs come first. Annabel has two daughters Lucy and Sophie and enjoys spending time with them and their horse Bell.
Kate Bullock (Groom)
Kate is our latest addition to team Ridings! She joined us in March 2017 to assist Vicky with caring for our inpatients. Kate comes with loads of horsey experience and has hit the ground running- most likely as she used to be a 200m sprinter!!! Kate has two horses and loves spending time outside with the horses or walking her dog.