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 situated in Chartwell Country Estates, north of Johannesburg, with its focus being on developing top competitive showjumpers across all levels and all age groups. Excelling in the ring at every level is the aim, but that said, Farnham Stables is all about the Farnham family, their horses and riders happiness and provides a relaxed atmosphere where constant involvement and equestrian learning is encouraged.

Farnham Stables has been established for over 25 years. The original property is situated on 7 acres of land, is ideally situated on Third Road, just off Cedar road. This property consists of 52 brick stables, 17 wooden stables and has 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, clubhouse and ablutions, as well as 3 secure client tack rooms. In 2014 the property adjacent was purchased – this 2.56 hectares of walled property is being developed and once complete will have a large grass derby arena with a training bank, larger bank, dyke and step. A 1km river sand canter track, additional wooden paddocks and stables for existing Farnham client’s beloved retired horses. There is a trucking service provided for shows directly from the property to the required show venue.


Both properties are devoted to:

  • providing a quality livery service to Farnham clients,
  • the buying, training and selling of horses;
  • teaching of junior, young rider and adult competitive riders in the showjumping and equitation environments

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 also a full time stable manager on the property. The highly trusted grooming staff that have been employed for mostly 5 years and more that also live on the property. We offer a fantastic, professional, caring and comprehensively equipped full livery service and our personnel always provide the highest standard in horse care and stable management. We maintain a high level of security with proprietors and staff living on-site. Security is reinforced by lockable tack rooms.

With 10 competitive horses and about 60 client horses, Barry and Lorette have an active, involved participation in the stable yard. They both teach, and provide the necessary show support, and school client’s horses, when necessary. They understand that success with competition horses is as much to do with people, surroundings and collaboration as well as excellent care and schooling for both horse and rider.

Barry and Lorette have produced a number of successful competitors in various grades over the years, more notably two SA Champions, a Derby winner, WCQ league winner, 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 & Canterbury Equine Clinic

  • Stable Farrier – Sean Allnutt
  • Resident Physio – Chantal Holder & Rob Holder www.earthecoessentials.webs.com
  • Equine Dentist – Wayne Dayle
  • Chiropractic Services – Jacques Versveld & Jonothan Perkin
  • Trucking Service – Kyalami Carriers
  • Equine Spa at Farnham Riding School – Tamar Bernstein www.equicool.co.za
  • Tackshop – Equestrian House www.equestrianhouse.co.za