It is very difficult for owners to send away their horses with complete confidence, and trust that they are being cared for, trained, and looked after with the same attention to detail as they receive at home. As owners ourselves, we do understand clients concerns and treat as a privilege the trust placed in us when a horse or rider comes here for training. We also pride ourselves on finding and producing, genuine horses for purchase and offer a sales package second to none in our effort to provide clients with piece of mind when buying horses from us.
It can be confusing for new owners and novice riders to find reliable and honest professional help, and even more worrying to trust someone else with the training of your horse. Here at Oakridge we do exactly what we tell you we do, your horses are as important to us as our own. All horses here are treated with kindness and respect, and all riders are given as much help and advise as they require, be that while they are having lessons, on the telephone or at the showground. We often get letters and e mails from people thanking us and wanting to tell others of their experience with Oakridge, so we have decided to print them on this page of our website to give you a further insight into what we do and to maybe provide added confidence in what can be a huge decision either for training, purchase or lessons.
World Champion trainer, rider, coach and AQHA Judge, David Dellin
Lee Rutter is one of the most talented young men that I have had the fortune to work with in a long time. It was a joy having him work for me on his trip to the states and I would highly recommend his abilities to anyone wanting their horses to reach their full potential.
I have ridden in many arenas here in Europe, at all levels of competitor. The Oakridge
arena is one of the nicest surfaces I have ridden on. Often a surface used for reining is
very heavy going for pleasure type classes. At Oakridge they have the equipment and
expertise to prepare for both, and this attention to detail allows both reiners and
pleasure horses to perform at their best.
Julie Behrends MRCVS
Dear Lita, Lee and all at Oakridge
Just another big ‘thank you’ for looking after our two little ones, Jack and Pepsy, over the last 3 months. You all have done such a wonderful job in looking after them, washing and cleaning esp Jack, and training them. I was thinking that again today when I rode them both in lovely autumn sunshine. Both are easy to do and ride, even after a few days off due to vaccination and bad weather. I really enjoy riding them, esp as they are really different characters. That is what is so remarkable, that I am able to ride them without problems here at home, not being a professional, just an amateur who enjoys horses and western riding. I can fully duplicate what Lee has shown me for riding the youngsters and my horse Peppy, and it works brilliantly.
I hope to see you soon and wish you all the best in particular Lee a great trip to the states and hope he brings a lot of good ideas back to Oakridge.
Roy and Lynda Taylor. GG Engineering
We bred Star for my husband who is a complete novice, but thought he was going to be too much for him and myself. So after much consideration and watching Lee on a variety of young horses and seeing their progress we decided Lee was the trainer for us and Star. It’s a big decision to send your ‘baby’ off to someone else, as a young horse can be so easily ruined with the wrong trainer. Oakridge has lots of lovely facilities but more importantly all the staff genuinely seem to care about the well being of their horses. I had the obligatory ‘word’ with Lee about Star and what I thought he would be like, he reassured me he would be fine and not to worry. So for the next few days I was expecting the call to say Star was not going to be suitable for hubby, but every time we spoke he said Star was doing fine, had been no trouble at all and was in fact spot on with his training. We went to watch Lee back Star for the first time and again I was expecting fireworks, but no he was quiet and calm. Hubby wanted to get on there and then, of course he didn’t but it wasn’t long before we both rode him. We followed his progress over the next few weeks and saw our baby suddenly grow up and look like a real horse and actually turn out to be calm and quiet which is just what we both hoped for.
We now have him home and are both riding him, something I never thought I would be able to do. We have both attended clinics with Lee since and Star has taken to them like a pro. I have watched Lee with all the 2 yr olds and he treats each one differently according to their abilities, we have both been impressed with everyone at Oakridge and would recommend them to anyone worried about sending their horses away. Star will be off on his hols in spring for the next stage of his training.
Thanks to Lee, Lita and all the staff and not forgetting David who cooks a real mean lunch at the clinics, looking forward to the next one
Thanks to you all.
Roy and Lynda
Karen and Steve Doherty
Thanks to everyone for a good clinic – as usual when we come to Oakridge we had a brilliant day – good teaching, lovely food and a very warm welcome!
Thanks to you all.
Karen & Steve
Just wanted to write to you about my experience as a ‘client’ of Oakridge and to say thanks for providing me with a place where I am totally happy to leave my horses confident in the knowledge they will be looked after and cared for. The whole team are friendly and approachable- Dave and Adele provide a great service on the yard and are always very helpful. Yourself, graham and Becky are always very welcoming and the coffee and biscuits always goes down well! The clinics are great fun with a nice atmosphere, great catering and an opportunity to learn in a relaxed environment. In addition you do, of course have an exceptional trainer in Lee Rutter. I admire Lee and always find him to be honest, straight forward and reliable. He pays as much attention to your horse whether you want to achieve great things in the show ring, or out on the trail. He works with you as owner to try and get your horse to where it is right for you, and you as a rider to a point where you are right for your horse- (he has had his work cut out with me on that last point!!) he is also extremely patient, and this means he does not overload or rush the horses, but works at their pace. His patience extends to humans too which is great for those of us who don’t always get it, forget stuff, or go to pieces!! (or is that just me) However you can have fun , too-which is important especially if it is your hobby and relaxation 9well supposed to be anyhow)
I wouldn’t leave my horses anywhere else without me with them all the time!!
These are my opinions as a horse owner and do not reflect any endorsements on behalf of AQHA-UK of which I am a council member.
My First Quarter Horse
It was by chance that during one of those rare moments of down time when a growing curiosity about western style had me searching the web that I found that I was only a matter of miles away from a specialist centre. Even though I have been riding almost all my life in this area I was not aware that Oakridge even existed. A few e mails later and I found myself chatting to Becky Pocock and trainer Lee Rutter, it wasn’t long before I was visiting Oakridge and meeting everybody in person. Lee answering all of my endless questions and Lita Pocock taking me to meet all of the yearlings and horses in training (and a very pregnant donkey)
Never knowingly having met a quarter horse before I couldn’t get over their temperament especially when I sat and watched a 3yr old in training. I must admit that I wasn’t at this stage looking to buy as I owned a rather nice 3 yr old myself but more of an event type and growing bigger by the day!
Now to cut a long story short and wether you believe in fate, good fortune or pure chance there was at this time a little mare by the name of Dallas which Lita introduced me to, she was home bred with full service history!! But would she accept a complete novice western rider like me, there was only one way to find out, one trial lesson later and she was sold. But the story does not end there, that’s when the most important help started. Dallas was to remain at Oakridge for a further month as part of the sales package so that I could benefit from free lessons and take advantage of riding her and getting to know her under the watchful eye of Lita and Lee. I was also invited to come and watch clinics that were taking place (barbeques included) and meet other likeminded people. Help with finding a saddle and sourcing all the tack required was more than I ever expected and so, what now, well I have made new friends, Dallas is home, help if I need it is always at the end of a phone, further lessons are booked and I’m looking forward to a long term partnership with my very own quarter horse Zans Gold Chic (Dallas)