Meet The Team

Chantal Siddle

Chantal started her equestrian life at the young age of 2, born to highly regarded BHSI – Nessa Nashat. Qualifying as a BHSAI at just 17 years old, Chantal had progressed through the Pony Club route gaining that vital knowledge and experience required to succeed for this turbulent career path.

Chantal’s career has taken her across the continent and back working for the likes of Ginny Leng, Leida Stryke and training with Anky Van Grunsven. Kenneth Clawson has also become a life long friend as well as an influential trainer.

Returning to rural Shropshire, Chantal now teaches and competes full time from her impressive and well-facilitated base. Currently training riders at every level, her impressive address book boasts JRN and juniors, FEI pony riders, Intermediate and international event riders as well as those from the pure dressage discipline. Chantal’s humorous and likeable personality makes her the perfect instructor for any horse and rider combination.

Mark Siddle

Mark Siddle

Chief Veterinary Surgeon, Mark qualified at the highly regarded University of Liverpool (Leahurst) and is an RCVS accredited Advanced Practitioner and an FEI veterinary delegate. With experience working with some of the most valuable and highly regarded equine stars, as well as numerous top riders and trainers, Mark has experience working with one-horse event riders and those with large scale yards, offering a knowledgeable yet personal veterinary service.

Mark’s travel and veterinary ambitions have seen him work at some of the most well known and highly regarded equine establishments in Australia, New Zealand and here in the UK.

He was resident stud vet at the prestigious Irish National Stud for 3 years and has held key roles within leading Thoroughbred yards, meaning his own pedigree is pretty special. He has cared for every type of horse including hunters, racehorses, polo ponies, sports horses as well as the beloved hack.

Mark’s interest in diagnostic methods and modern veterinary technology makes him ideal for any modern event rider. By being involved with cutting edge research, as well as being practically involved with the eventing sport, Mark offers peace of mind to owners and riders, working hard to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate valuable and much loved event horses.

Mark is now established as a dynamic and world class Veterinary Surgeon heading up Siddle Veterinary Service. Leading a new concept in Veterinary care, SVS offers a totally mobile service. This cutting edge concept, delivers more to the horse owner than they could have ever imagined receiving from a local vet.

The Farrier - Jim Blurton of Fordon Farriers

Jim Blurton

Jim Blurton, World Champion Farrier, 2005, has been a practicing farrier for over 30 years. His father was a farrier and encouraged him from an early age to follow in his footsteps. Jim served a thorough apprenticeship under his father’s watchful eye and was taught skills gleaned from over 40 years. At the age of 18 Jim knew he wanted to be the best in the world and started competing in local competitions. It wasn’t long before he quickly established himself as a one of the best farriers’ in the Shropshire district. He was winning national competitions by the age of 20 and representing Wales internationally. He has now been representing his country for 29 years. He has won over 200 competitions worldwide including the National and European Championship. He was finally crowned World Champion in Calgary in 2005, after 15 years of regularly finishing in the top 5.

Jim has expanded the farrier business, taking on apprentices and qualified staff. He has trained over 15 apprentices in twenty years, and now employs 9 farriers covering an area from Cheshire to Gloucester

Working closely with Chantal and Mark on both the veterinary and equestrian sides of the business, Jim proves an invaluable addition to the team.

Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist – MSc Emma Dainty ACPAT Cat.A, MCSP, SRP, HPC

Emma Dainty

Siddle Equine and Siddle Veterinary are delighted to be continuing to work with Emma Dainty as resident Chartered Physiotherapist at their Shropshire base. Emma runs monthly clinics at our premises, providing an imperative service for the rehabilitation and therapy of equine patients, and working closely with Veterinary Surgeon Mark Siddle to formulate the most effective recuperation programme.

Qualified in 1996 as a chartered human physiotherapist, Emma has a broad experience with sports injuries. Emma acquired valuable experience within the NHS and RAF, before embarking on the Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College in 2001. Emma has been instrumental in the successful recovery of many orthopaedic and spinal cases both with large and small animals. Her caseload regularly includes a broad spectrum of horses and ponies in all disciplines, ranging from FEI international competitors and Racehorses, through to pleasure horses and pets.

Di Hill

After graduating from Leeds University, Di embarked on a rather diverse career path that has included, amongst many other roles, being a pub landlady, a farmer in both Derbyshire and Canada, a specialist Realtor, a home renovator and a rental property landlord!

The one constant throughout her rather unconventional life has been her love of animals, especially horses. She even took her British Riding Pony with her when she emigrated to Canada in 1998! Now in semi-retirement back in England, she is thrilled to be associated with SES.

Mike Huddart