In 1993 Heather and Jemma Stennett were faced with the brutal news that their father, Neil, at the age of 45 had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and within six months he had died.
Jemma was finishing her degree at Harper Adams University and Heather was still at home trying to forge her career as a show jumper.
Although the farm had been a mixed farm, the girls decided to go with what they knew best, and 'Stennett Equestrian' was born - a livery and training centre.
In the early days it was all about turning a tired old mixed farm into what was to become one of the largest centres in east Suffolk, boasting fabulous facilities.
Over the last 20 years, Stennett Equestrian must have seen hundreds of horses through the yard, from retired liveries to training liveries, some of which have gone on to do great things all around Europe.
The depth of knowledge of the staff have put this training yard into a bracket of its own, with each member bringing forward their own expertise in different fields. Because of this, Stennett Equestrian clients can rest assured that whatever their requirements, they can be accommodated, from miniature Shetland to international show jumper, or happy hacker to sport horse rehabilitation.
It's not just the horses that Stennett Equestrian trains either. We have had many working pupils and provide placements through local schools and colleges to offer an insight into the equine business world. Some of our ex-pupils have gone on to run their own successful livery and competition yards alongside competing both nationally and internationally.