About Us

There are only two emotions that belong in the saddle; one is a sense of humour, and the other is patience.
~ John Lyons

Farnham Stables, is a competitive junior and adult showjumping livery yard with expert showjumping coaching. We are situated in Chartwell Country Estates, north of Johannesburg. Our focus is on developing top level competitive showjumping junior and adult riders, as well as the development/production of top quality showjumping horses. Excelling in the showjumping competition arena is a priority but Farnham Stables is about family, equestrian enjoyment, the special horses and our riders’ happiness. We strive to provide an environment where constant equestrian learning is fostered and constant involvement and interaction is encouraged.

Farnham Stables was originally established in 1984 on the property in Chartwell which is now part of the Broadacres Shopping Centre. When that was sold in 2000, The 3rd road property was purchased. The livery yard is situated on 7 acres of land. This property consists of 52 brick stables, 17 wooden stables and has a clopf fibre jumping arena and a clopf fibre dressage arena, as well as a clopf fibre lunge arena; horse walker and shaded paddocks. There is also an 11 horse barn, 3 secure client tack rooms, and a clubhouse with ablutions. In 2014 the property adjacent was purchased – this 2.56 hectares of walled property now has a large grass derby arena with a training bank, larger bank, dyke and steps. There is a 800m canter track on the perimeter and an additional 20 wooden paddocks.


Both the 270/3 & 270/4 properties are devoted to:

  • providing a quality livery service
  • the production of quality showjumping horses
  • the buying and selling of quality showjumping horses;
  • the coaching of junior, young rider and adult competitive showjumping riders

Barry and Lorette are both active showjumping competitors and compete frequently at World Cup Qualifier level. They live on the property and give constant personal supervision to both their own, and their clients’ much loved horses. They work closely with the owners to ensure that their horses enjoy the best possible environment. There is a full time stable manager on the property. The highly trusted grooming staff also live on the property.

Barry and Lorette both coach and also provide the necessary show support for their clients. They understand that success with competition horses is as much to do with people, surroundings and collaboration as well as excellent care and schooling/coaching for both horse and rider.

Barry and Lorette have produced a number of successful competitors in various grades over the years, more notably three SA Champions, two SA junior Champions, a Derby winner, a junior derby winner, multiple FEI World Cup qualifier winners, two WCQ series winners, multiple SA Outdoor Grand Prix winners, 4 Philip Smith winners and in 2014 a Youth Olympics participant, to mention a few client successes.

Additional Care/services at Farnham:

We have regular veterinary services available from Northrand Animal Clinic. 

  • Stable Farrier – Sean Allnutt
  • Resident Physio – Chantal Holder & Rob Holder
  • Equine Dentist – Wayne Dayle
  • Chiropractic Services – Jacques Versveld
  • Trucking Service – Farnham Stables
  • Equine Spa at Farnham Riding School – Tamar Gliksman
  • Shock wave services – Stafford Robinson