Leamside Equestrian Limited is a private limited company aiming to create the North East’s premium location and centre of excellence for all aspects of equestrian need and to support equine sports in the UK holistically from entry level to Olympic candidates. It is operated at Whitehouse Farm, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear. We offer a wide range of equine services including competitions, arena hire, coaching, livery and therapy.
Leamside Equestrian was initially established as a family-owned business by Beverley Brown and her husband Philip Brown back in 2005. Since then the Browns have worked hard to restore the farm buildings and replace the old with new, including restoration of the farmhouse, building a substantial livery and therapy facility which attract international riders and their horses for training, therapy, livery and clinics. An international sized outdoor riding arena was also built to be hired for show jumping, dressage, to school young horses and for competitions. The business gradually established itself as a high-quality stud centre where it bred, trained and competed its own horses to FEI international level. LE Chiffre their homebred ELITE pony stallion represented Great Britain in 2016 and was this highest placed British combination with his then rider Lara Kuropatwa.
To strengthen its financial positions and expand the business, Leamside Equestrian was incorporated as a new limited company in December 2012. Since then the company has worked with East Durham Leader on the project Centre of Excellence and invested a substantial amount to further enhance its existing facilities to meet a wide range of equine needs. Up-to-date it has seen the building of an all-weather indoor competition arena, a therapy centre, a new horse walker, a state-of-art horse riding simulator, new stable blocks and the renovations of the existing admin building, outdoor arena, and stables.
Leamside Equestrian welcomes riders from all disciplines and levels to make use of our facilities and improve their skills.
Our dedicated team consists of people from a variety of background, allowing them to add unique contribution to our services.
Beverley Brown – Director
Starting to ride horses at the age of 5, Beverley Brown has already been a well-established sports horse breeder with international recognitions. She has achieved the National Foal Champion in Germany 2006, Best British Pony Foal 2007 and several other champion titles. For over 25 years she has been learning how to breed and produce horses and she spent a number of years working and visiting stud farms all over the world.
In 2005, Mrs Brown and her husband established the family-owned business – Leamside Equestrian, with the ambition to one day develop it into a world-class equestrian centre, which is not only capable of breeding and producing top quality sports horses, but also providing first-class facilities and services for competitions and equine-related events at all levels. Despite a major disruption to the business in 2008 caused by the water board operating machinery on site as part of the flood alleviation programme, Beverley continued to work hard and managed to keep the business on track.
Beverley’s rich experience and expertise in equine-sport, combined with our state-of-art facility, will ensure that our customers can make the most of their experience here at Leamside and get the best services they need.
Qiyuan Zhang – Director, Research & Development Manager
Qiyuan Zhang comes from an academic background of social and human science, with experience of behavioural research and marketing. He gained his BA in International Economics and Trade, Nankai University, China, MA (with Distinction) in Marketing, DurhamUniversity here in the UK and has just completed a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, Durham University. His PhD focuses on people’s perception of risk and the psychological impact of near-misses, typically in the context of sport competition and gambling. Qiyuan also has rich experience working in the industry of public relations.
Qiyuan’s unique expertise in behavioural science research and marketing will help the business in the area of advertising, customer communications and product development. His research background will also assist the business in building its connections with academic institutes and initiate collaborative equine-related research projects.
Samantha Brown – Coach
Mrs Brown’s daughter Samantha Brown is a 21 year old Young International Dressage rider, producer and breeder of sports horses and ponies. Sam has competed Nationally and Internationally for Great Britain since the age of 14 Years beginning with representing England at the U25 Byrds Competition in County Wicklow, Ireland. Progressing to Regional Talent Spotting Winner ending in 2nd place at the finals in 2007. During 2009 at Hickstead International Sam was Junior Team, Individual and Freestyle Champion which secured her place on the British Dressage Junior Team representing Great Britain at the European Championships in Ermelo, Holland. Sam was the Best British Junior Combination. At the National Convention she was the first person to be awarded the ‘Trendall Trophy’ for the highest placed British Rider. She was also rewarded for the most improved Young Rider of the season. In 2011 Sam qualified as a BD Assistant Stable Manager and was a member of the first group to complete their BD Specific UKCC Level 2 coaching certificate.
Sam has bred and produced her own Sports Ponies alongside her Mother Beverley Brown and this led to her involvement in the British Young Breeders. Sam was a member of the first team to represent Great Britain at the World Championships in 2011 in Lyon, France where she was also the highest placed British Junior. Sam was again a member of the 2nd team at the World Championships in Sweden in 2013. The varied coaching received gives a wealth and depth of knowledge which cements Sam’s coaching and allows her to support her clients in reaching their own goals.
She welcomes riders at all levels…