Some testimonials from past and present customers from all over the world.

Horses produced or sourced by us, for Eventing, Show Jumping, Dressage.

We are always extremely happy to hearing or receiving your feedback about your eventing news or your jumping and training improvements. 


I have had training with Andrea for 2 years now and in that time Andrea has really helped me to improve my riding and confidence with my horses. I find his calm approach of teaching really good for me and helps to feel confident and to just generally ride my horses in a much more sympathetic and professional way. Andrea had also had one of my horses on schooling livery and really improved his way of going and how confident I felt on him. I wouldn’t go to anyone else.

Katie Hughes
Saturday, 5 December 2020

I have been training with Andrea for a few years now. He has improved my show jumping skills beyond recognition! This has transferred to the competitions with consistent great results and qualifying for a final at HOYS.

Andrea is very calm. He seems to know just when to push you up a level and when to consolidate. He does not say a lot but when he does it is a pearl of wisdom. He is my go to training Rock and I would be lost without him!”


Caroline Matthew
Thursday, 3 December 2020


As a fellow professional I have been training with Andrea for a while in a move from one discipline to another. 
It is invaluable to have quality eyes assessing and adjusting from the floor to encourage and guide through even the smallest details. My horses range in age and experience and all are benefitting immensely with Andrea watching over our progress. I look forward to the compeitive results following the hard work. 

Rafa Marins
Friday, 30 October 2020

Andrea is a thoughtful coach. His lessons are targeted & progressive balancing work on the rider, the horse and the partnership equally. His  feedback is clear and well timed and his manner is calm and respectful, with just the right amount of humour! I have found he has many ways of describing and helping me to feel for balance, impulsion and responsiveness. I am thoroughly enjoying working with him and in a just a short time others describe seeing a distinct change in the way I am show jumping my horses.


Ali Gill, CEO Bvalco Ltd, behavioural psychologist and former Olympic rower
Wednesday, 3 June 2020

I’ve had my mare on livery with Andrea and the team for the last few months and I couldn’t be more pleased. A very professional yard, where the horses receive 5* care and the team are always on hand to offer support and advice. I’ve recently started having schooling sessions with Andrea and I’m already seeing the difference with how my mare is moving and the connection I have with her. Super delighted..!!! Can't recommend Andrea and VSH more highly.

Jenny Close
Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Andrea helped sell my horse and I was very impressed with the service I receive. He kept my horse in fabulous condition and had him schooling and jumping beautifully to ensure he was fully ready for sale. I have also had training with Andrea and I can definitely recommend him. Thank you for all your help :)

Maria Vitale
Thursday, 31 October 2019

Our mare was competed and looked after by Andrea and Anna this summer while my daughter was recovering from a broken leg, highly recommended affordable professional care.

Miranda Loffett 

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Andrea has recently had my very green youngster for 10 days schooling/hacking. The difference he made in 10 days was amazing. The horse came back softer, more supple, better balanced & much more confident in himself.  Andrea left me with a much more rideable horse, a great starting point from which I can continue with him. As I was on holiday during the 10 days I also received regular updates and videos on his progress. I am going to be back for regular training with both of my horses. 
Andrea’s yard is immaculate and the horses are extremely well looked after,  your horses wellbeing is paramount to Andrea and his team.
If you’re considering placing your horse somewhere for training or just looking for a trainer with vast amounts of experience and knowledge I would not hesitate in recommending Andrea.


Sharon Shearring
Monday, 22 July 2019

I have been going to Andrea with everything from 4 year olds to intermediate horses. It is hard to find such a knowledgeable, professional and skilled instructor. What is clear is that Andreas skill in extending skill of both horse and rider every lesson is second to none. You find many riders can ride horses, but cannot get the information across. I have struggled with trainers, teaching the same to every horse, which has ended up with problems in the jumping ring. Andreas wealth of knowledge has extended in a short, precise and effective manner. My horses went better from the first lesson.

Tomas Hanlon
Thursday, 4 July 2019

I have been training with Andrea for the past year and really noticed him getting the best out of my horses in jumping. Changing my riding position and approach to fences has been instrumental. Andrea's experience really comes through in the difficult moments where he is able to leverage his wealth of knowledge and suggest effective solutions without confusing the horse.

Nick N
Tuesday, 2 July 2019


I’m extremely happy with the horse I recently purchased from Verdina Sportshorses. Throughout the process Andrea and his team were very helpful. Allowing me to try the horse on a number of occasions. 
The horse is exactly as described and I would be 100% confident in recommending and purchasing further horses from Verdina Sportshorses.

Hannah Freeman

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

I had been looking for a decent trainer for a while to help me with my showjumping and get back to the level needed to compete at BE again after a long break. Andrea surpassed my expectations, he was thorough with both horse and rider and improved both of our techniques within just two lessons. It evidently worked as we were placed first time out! I would highly recommend him for all ages and abilities.

Lara Surman
Monday, 1 July 2019

I have been having lessons on a few of my horses with Andrea over the last few months. All of my horses are very different and Andrea just seems to have a way of getting the absolute best out of myself, and each horse I’m piloting. I come out of every lesson with a huge smile on my face as do my horses. He gets the absolute best out of us without pushing beyond our comfort zones, yet i end up achieving far more in each lesson than I ever thought I would! 
Having had numerous lessons with Andrea I would definitely not seek other tuition. I cannot rate him highly enough! 


Steph Carter
Friday, 1 March 2019

I have always hated horse buying, finding it full of potential pitfalls. Verdina Sports Horses made the process a pleasure! Andrea took time to understand what we were looking for, was happy to work within my budget and when we went to try a horse, was very helpful in giving me his thoughts on the potential partnership. I was looking for a first horse for my 14 year old daughter so it was great to find that he had arranged for the horse to be presented by his 13yo daughter rather than a professional adult rider.

We are delighted with our new mare and Andrea is always on hand for any queries we have.

Highly recommended!

Allison Mahoney
Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Saw a horse advertised by Verdina Sport Horses, the horse sounded perfect so I messaged Andrea. He was quick to reply and very flexible, changing his plans, so we could arrange a viewing. At his yard he was easy to talk to and answered all our many questions. We tried the horse and he was perfect, just what he said in the advert.

Andrea was brilliant at sending us lots of videos. Once G was at home there where no surprises because he was just what we expected and what we were looking for. After a week Andrea contacted us to make sure we where happy and g had settled in ok. 

Great to deal with someone who is helpful and honest.


Vicky Whyte
Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Andrea assembled a number of different types of horse for me to try and I quicky found the quality of horse I was looking for. I found Andrea to be considered, efficient and personable and I couldn't be happier with my new horse.

Ali Gill
Friday, 26 October 2018

I have recently purchased my perfect horse through Andrea. The whole process was absolutely stress free. He gave me lots of time to get to know her. Jumping at his yard and at Rectory Farm. 

I have weekly lessons with Andrea and he knew exactly the type of horse that was a perfect match for me. 

I would never have found this lovely mare searching the internet myself. His knowledge and network in the sports horse field is invaluable.

The smile has not left my face from the moment I brought her home! Thank you Andrea!

Caroline Matthews 

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Andrea is my secret weapon!
He is as important to our team as my vet and farrier. We have top Working Hunter and Show Hunters.  Andrea has assisted in finding suitable horses, helped with their training on the flat and over fences. He has worked with my son Jamie to achieve winning many County Championships including The Amateur Lightweight Hunter Championship at The Royal International and being placed 6th on a young horse in The Working Hunter at HOYS. He is happy to teach or where necessary ride and sort out any problems and advise on the solutions. 
He is not only a great trainer but now a dear friend.

Penny Ryder-Phillips - PRP Show Team
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Andrea has a great eye for a horse, and is ideally located to be 'in the know' as to where to find one. Furthermore he is relaxed, easy and straightforward to deal with, which makes the whole buying/selling process infinitely easier. 

Charlotte Agnew - International Event Rider
Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Sofia Sjoborg and Contessa - Winner of the CCI* J U18 2014 Championship at Weston Park. Another well matched horse by Verdina Sport Horses - Very well done, Sofia! 

Sofia Sjoborg
Wednesday, 9 August 2017

I bought my first event horse fromVerdina Sport Horses twelve years ago. Nano was perfect for me in every way and I still have him today, retired at home. The constant support I received from Andreas was invaluable to me. We had lessons, help at events, cross country schooling and constant advice on where to go and what to do together. Andreas subsequently started competing my young horse for me and they had great success together which gave me the confidence to compete him myself. Since I bought Nano, I haven't purchased a horse without talking to Andreas about it first. A few years ago Andreas gave me a lot of advice in buying my current top horse Brook who again has been perfect for me. I have since bought Barlovento through Andreas who has also been a huge success and has been everything Andreas said he would be. An owner in my yard bought a 2* horse through him last year and she is thrilled with Dante who is the perfect schoolmaster. Thanks to Verdina Sport Horses, I have a great string of horses who are perfect for me in every way. For me, it's not just the fact that he finds me the perfect horses but it's all the advice and support that I continue to get afterwards which I find so invaluable. Nothing is too much trouble and it's great for me to know that his advice is only a phone call away. My website is full of photos of happy days at events that would never have been possible if I hadn't met Andreas all those years ago. I couldn't recommend Andreas more highly as a rider, trainer or agent. I can honestly say that the best of my fun, I owe it to Verdina Sport Horses.

Sorrel Porteous
Wednesday, 9 August 2017

After purchasing my mare through Andrea I have had multiple training sessions with him, both for Cross Country and Show Jumping. Andreas experience and knowledge is evident through his way of teaching, you are presented with concise, easy to follow instructions that result in you changing and adapting your way of riding even slightly leading to a lovely improvement of your horses way of going. I would thoroughly recommend Andrea, my confidence has massively grown and you always find yourself pushing your riding as far as you can with out over facing yourself or the horse. The two hour plus journey is worth every minute as the advice is simply invaluable and always leave the yard with a smile on my face! Can't wait to book in the next lesson!

Francesca Gorni
Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Had another good jump session with Andrea today - three entirely different types of horses: one just backed, a Novice and my Advanced prospect for 2014. Each horse was appropriately trained with patience. I am not a fan of drastic changes, Andrea has a good eye for analysis of each animals brain to build specific exercises to improve technique whilst keeping them confident. I wont take instruction unless i respect the jump style of those teaching, Andrea is very quiet, stylish & effective jump rider- who is in the minority with his ability to also train.

Lucienne Elms (Advanced Event Rider)
Wednesday, 9 August 2017

I recently sent my unruly 4 years old to Andrea to be re-schooled ready for competition. The results were excellent, he had my mare for 5 weeks. Before she went, she was nappy and struggled to canter on the right rein, I had not yet managed to get her over a cross pole. At the end of the 5 weeks, she was cantering on both reins relaxed, the arguing had dissapeared, and she was popping a small course of fences (1.05m) calm and relaxed. I am thrilled with the mare i now have back at home, she went to her first show last week and behaved brillaintly. I will definatelty send another horse to Andrea, either to break or school.

Margaret. (Shropshire)
Wednesday, 9 August 2017

You only have to see Andrea ride in any of the disciplines to know that he has something special you want to learn. In my experience he has the knack of transferring his skills in a positive and easy way and has endless patience. It’s all very well being a great rider , but to have confidence giving  teaching skills as well is a rare combination in my experience, we have had some very unhappy experiences with other ‘experts’ their riding ability was not in question, but they weren’t too good at transferring it. Much money and heartache later Andrea was recommended to us, he has transformed my daughters riding that was pretty good anyway, her confidence in her own ability increased, and she keeps being complimented on how stylish she is!!

Emily Ferris
Wednesday, 9 August 2017

You only have to see Andrea ride in any of the disciplines to know that he has something special you want to learn. In my experience he has the knack of transferring his skills in a positive and easy way and has endless patience. It’s all very well being a great rider , but to have confidence giving  teaching skills as well is a rare combination in my experience, we have had some very unhappy experiences with other ‘experts’ their riding ability was not in question, but they weren’t too good at transferring it. Much money and heartache later Andrea was recommended to us, he has transformed my daughters riding that was pretty good anyway, her confidence in her own ability increased, and she keeps being complimented on how stylish she is!!

Pete King
Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Hello Andrea, We purchased our horse,  through you late last year, Stuart Tinney tried the horse on my behalf. I wanted to let you know that I am so happy with my new horse, he is working beautifully and I couldn't be happier! Thank you.

Rachel Lee (Australia)
Wednesday, 9 August 2017

I have trained with Andrea for several  years now and my riding has improved no end and he has become a regular part of my on going training. Andrea is equally talented training me on young horses as well as the more established, and his years of experience really shines when you are having a lesson. He explains things clearly and is always positive and confidence giving. As well as being an effective trainer Andrea passes on his classic style of riding which has helped me produce my young horses correctly and to the best standard. I would recommend Andrea to anyone of any level as he is versatile and talented at training both on the flat and over fences which I find is a very rare occurrence when trying to find the correct trainer.

Issy King
Friday, 23 June 2017

I currently train with Andrea  and found his insight and knowledge to be incredibly helpful. His understanding of producing jumpers, eventers and young horses is fantastic and I am able to use his expertise on a variety of different horses.

Tim Rusbridge (International Event Rider)
Friday, 23 June 2017

"It was clear from the start that Andrea understood exactly what we were looking for when we came to him to buy a horse – a real “school master” for my daughter, an experienced event horse which would be manageable to ride. From then on he introduced us to a number of horses, each could have been “the one” - each totally suitable. We went out and tried them all, in the ring, on the cross country etc. When I asked him how we were going to choose he said “ when you fall in love with one, buy that one!” When we saw Freddie, we knew we had to buy him. With a kind temperament and a love for jumping and cross country, Freddie is teaching my daughter quickly, safely and providing lots of fun. They are a team and under Andrea’s tuition, are progressing every time she is in the saddle.

Many thanks Andrea!"

Juliet Sjoborg
Friday, 23 June 2017

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"I now own an extraordinary horse, and I've been able to find him thanks to Andrea! It is very handy to know someone experienced and trustworthy like Andrea, that has the time and skills to select quality horses in UK. The horse I've bought was green but had a great attitude and enormous potential, he's now qualified for Le Lion.... Andrea certainly works with the best, I recommend him to anyone looking for a serious competition horse."
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