The Team




Natasha Bird

I am delighted that Natasha joined up in October 2017. Tash is my God daughter and she has helped us here at Downgate often over the years. Tash is now 19 and Events Alicia Earees Event horse Twister. Tash is a lovely rider and it is wonderful to have her here as an integral part of our Team. Her Dad Martin, my Cousin,  is our wonderful maintenace Man Friday who helps, mends and sorts everything out for us once a week!

Alicia Earee

Alicia joined the team at Downgate Farm in January 2013 as a training student with her horse Twister. Alicia rides at 2* level.

Alicia now works a Freelance rider and is still available to school and Compete horses for our clients if they require.





Jim Hayter

Jim is one of the best farriers in the country, and has been in charge of shoeing the Llewellyn horses since Cindy's daughters were riding ponies. Jim and his team now shoe Pardon Me II and Major Buck who are all still based at Downgate Farm and was awarded ‘Best Shod Horse’ at the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials two years running with both Society Spice and Pardon Me II.




Ed Lyall

Ed Lyall (B Vet Med, Cert EM (Stud Med), MRCVS) from the Arundel Equine hospital is one of the most experienced equine vets in the country. He does a brilliant job keeping all of the horses healthy and happy and is definitely an integral part of the team.




Sophie Llewellyn

Sophie has enjoyed riding since she was tiny, form mini camp at Pony Club to being long listed on the Junior Event Team and competing Nationally and Internationally to 2* level.

Sophie now works full time and go married to Ian Dove in 2016. Sophie still commpetes in Eventing and all round and is currently producing her home bred youngster.

Tim Llewellyn

I have known Tim for a very long time. Rumour has it that we used to feed the ducks together from our prams! Both our families were in the Building Trade and had become great friends over the years. We shared many common interests in the cars and horses and have had so much fun enjoying both Sports. The main reason I changed from Show Jumping to Eventing was because at that time I could Event one weekend and then go with Tim the following weekend to race the cars.  Tim was hugely supportive to me, when I was competing and has been very supportive to both Emily and Sophie, going to watch them competing when he can. Now also Tim and Oliver share a fantastic interest in racing the cars and spend many happy hours rebuilding them when they break!

Oliver Llewellyn

Oliver used to ride and hunt, but has now moved on to enjoying horse power in the form of racing Vintage and Classic cars with Tim.

Oli works in London, but lives in the South East and is very supportive of everything Equestrian.



Emily LLewellyn

Emily has competed on British teams in Eventing since she was 13 years old. Emily has been on 9 Youth British Teams winning many medals, Gold, Silver and Bronze, Individual and Team at Pony, Junior and Young Riders. As aSenior Emily has Evented on many Nations Cup Teams for G.B. including competing out in The Plains in America on Emirati Night Sky.