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**For Sale** Luna

Luna is a rising 4, 15.3hh mare by Woodlander Rockstar out of a Davignon mare. Backed last year and turned away over the winter she was restarted in March. She has 3 super, active paces and great hind leg. Sane, totally straightforward, she’s been incredibly easy to do. She’s got a fantastic attitude and brain, she’s forward without being silly. She hacks out alone and in company, and is excellent in all traffic met to date, including farm traffic. Good to box (trailer or lorry), catch, shoe, clip etc. Lives in or out.

She’s been out to do a 4-y-o, Young Horse class was impeccably behaved with lovely comments from both judges.

She’s not been rushed or produced, she’s been correctly started, she is happy in her work and really nicely off the leg, she’s not been forced into an outline, has super natural balance and cadence.

A couple of things though… please don’t come and view her if you expect her to ride like a 5-y-o. She’s 4 and been back under saddle 10 weeks. However she doesn’t need lunging before you get on and is very sensible.

She’s small standing 15.3hh, so again don’t come and say I wish she was bigger/smaller.

I have a video which I can WhatsApp or you can view on our FB page, but due to poor download speed I cannot upload to YouTube.

Bred by us, she is nowhere near big enough for Emma and I have too many horses to keep her.

A full set of clean X-rays available.


**Price reduced** Somnia has to be sold

 Somnia is a 9-y-o Oldenburg gelding. Perfect as a competitive schoolmaster with scope to go further. Lightly competed he’s still eligible for Novice and Elementary Silver. Same home since a 3-y-o, he has been carefully produced, regularly scoring 70% at Medium he’s already done his first Advanced Medium. He hacks alone and in company and has regularly been ridden by teeny grooms, being very safe and sensible. Totally non-spooky he is reliable whatever the weather or even after a week off. A gentleman to do in all respects, easy to clip, box, catch, shoe, all traffic etc. Done regionals, Premier Leagues, Home International regularly stays away from home.

Working at PSG, he’s started piaffe. Very trainable, he has an excellent work ethic.

Price now reduced as needs to be sold to dissolve a partnership £18,000, Maidstone, Kent.




Firestarter (Fritz) Fritz is a rising 2-y-o gelding by Firestone out of our own Davignon x Landgraf line mare, who was competed by both myself and Emma and also by an Argentinian international para rider.
Fritz is very level headed, he’s been well handled since birth and is good to groom, feet trim, lead, rug changes, load etc.
He’s well put together, very elegant in type, with 3 excellent ground covering paces, in particular a super walk.
He’s currently living out but is used to being stabled. Easy going he’s a lovely horse to have in a herd as he’s not dominant but equally isn’t a push over.
He will make someone a lovely horse and with his bloodlines and temperament he’d be ideal for an amateur on a budget.

For more information call Emma 07843585504.



Evita is a 7-y-o, KWPN, black mare by Wynton out of a San Remo mare. Standing 15.2hh she is perfect for a smaller rider, or a rider coming off of ponies.
She was bought through us for a client who has now decided to concentrate on eventing for the next season.
A very kind, easy horse to do, she is good to clip, box, shoe and travels well.
She hacks alone with a competent jockey, is very good in company and has been excellent in all traffic she has met.
She competed in Holland prior to being imported by us in April and has been out training to other venues.
She has started shoulder-in, leg yield, counter canter.
She has a good brain and work ethic, is not spooky and is forward but light in the contact and not strong.
She also pops a fence.
A video will be available later this week.
For more information please call Emma 07843585504.


Dressage test riding clinic – New date added

On Sunday 25th September we will be hosting a clinic to help you improve and perfect your competition warm up, as well as your test riding technique.

 Enjoy an individual lesson in the morning with Mark Butler, where you will work on perfecting your warm up, then in the afternoon you will ride through your dressage test. Your test will be judged by listed BD judge, Louisa Cuomo. You will receive helpful feedback and have chance to discuss your test.

 This clinic is perfect for anyone wanting to improve their dressage riding and prepare for the winter season ahead.

 Priced at £50, advance payment will secure your place.

email for more information and to book your place.


Improve your plaiting and turnout skills


Join us for a non ridden clinic 10-2pm on July 9th with Emma Butler.
Emma has groomed at high level for many years, preparing horses for royal Windsor and County shows when working for Guy Landau and more recently ensuring the impeccable turnout of Mark Butler Dressage for over 12 years.
This clinic is aimed at anyone wanting to learn more about the correct turnout, it will include plaiting from scratch, learning to sew your plaits, putting on quarter markers, choosing tack to enhance your horse and what riders should wear for different disciplines.

All this for only £20 including a light lunch.

contact to book your place.


Improve your test riding technique.

‘Improving your test riding’ clinic

Saturday 2nd July

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Join us on July 2nd for our test and re-test clinic. Book your place which includes the opportunity to have a warm up lesson, followed by riding your dressage test,which will be judged by a BD judge.

You will then be given feedback and pointers before riding your test for a second time. This gives you a great opportunity to really understand where to gain those all important extra marks. All this for £50 including refreshments.
To book your place please email
Book early to avoid disappointment as places will fill up fast!

Mark Butler Dressage training clinic at Saddlesdane

Mark Butler Dressage training clinic at Saddlesdane

Successful Spring Camp

Thank you to everyone who made our fantastic spring camp such a success.

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 We were so lucky with the weather, with the sun shining for most of the weekend, it really did feel like spring had sprung at last.

All our riders rode to a great standard. Everyone showed great improvement throughout their lessons and this was clearly visible for all to see.

The improvements made by the riders and horses resulted in some great scores in the dressage tests ridden on Sunday. The tests were kindly judged by Louisa Cuomo at the mini show we organised for the riders.

We had lots of laughs and it was great to see so many smiles over the weekend. We were all kept well fed by Philippa, who provided us with some delicious hand made food and cakes.

Next camp is scheduled for 1st-3rd July 2016

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Perfecting the Prelim


We’re so pleased to be able to teach riders all over the country (and possibly all over the world) by working with Sound Schooling to create arange of audio downloadable riding lessons, giving all riders an expert in their ear.

Our latest lesson, “Perfecting the Prelim” is out now and builds on other lessons in “The Mark Butler Foundation Series”. Working on improving rider position and introducing movements found in Prelim Dressage Tests. You’ll practice trot-canter and walk-trot transitions, free walk, give and re-take of the reins as well as exercises using the centreline, 20m circles and the long diagonal.

Download this lesson or see the other lesson in the Mark Butler Series here.


Very busy but really productive weekend for us. We were back at Cobham today with MBD Selene (Dottie) and Mrs Mark took Sally Barr’s Scuardane Jack (Hamish). They were both super, Dottie won the Elementary with another qualifying score, and although Mrs Mark was in the Training section, they easily got two AF scores. Really well done to clients; Tina and Amanda who won both their prelim sections and both rode lovely tests.