The 30-year-old runs Jump Elite, near Retford in Nottinghamshire, where he produces, competes and sells showjumpers and working hunters, and is a UKCC Level Two coach. He also employs three former or current Stubbing Court Training Ltd (SCT) apprentices.
“I first learnt about SCT [Britain’s leading provider of apprentices to the equestrian industry] when I was working for showjumper Andrew Saywell, who has had a long association with the company,” Adam explains. “I spent two and a half years with him and then set up on my own, and I have had SCT apprentices working for me ever since.”
His head groom, Aisling Gledhill, did her apprenticeship through East Midlands-based SCT, completing her Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in November 2017. She has groomed for Adam at all the major shows, including Horse of the Year Show and the Royal International Horse Show, and now trains his two current apprentices, Rhiannon Pringle and Shannon Trinder.
“Aisling is a great asset and really helps to manage our set-up,” says Adam.
Rhiannon, 18, has joined Adam to do her Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.
“I went to an equine college open day and realised that the curriculum was far too basic – I wanted to learn in a hands-on, practical way from the best people,” she says. “I think I could go to any yard and have an understanding of how employers want things to be done, because SCT has given me such a strong grounding. Apprenticeships are a universally respected qualification, and give me great access to all forms of jobs within the equestrian industry.”
Shannon, 16, is a non-riding groom with Jump Elite, focusing on the yard management side of the business.
“I have a farming background so I knew the level of commitment involved in working with animals,” she says. “SCT have been very supportive; the apprenticeship is challenging me. I like the way the apprenticeship is clearly structured and how broad the curriculum is. I am learning all the time. My dream is to run a livery yard at my family farm, and I feel that this is giving me the best opportunities to gain the life experience and the know-how to do that.”
SCT’s equine apprenticeships allow young people to earn a wage and gain valuable qualifications while learning from excellent professionals, giving them the best possible start to working life. It provides all-round support and advice to both apprentices and employers and, through its superb network of contacts within the horse world, is perfectly suited to fit the right person to the right set-up.