From the horse's mouth - See what our clients are saying about us


Sam and Julia are possibly the most honest & helpful instructors I’ve ever ridden under, they never give up & really go above and beyond to help you solve any issues you may have. I’ve had help from the pair for my horses for a fair few years now, ranging from a youngster who couldn’t canter to a rearer who wouldn’t move forward without rushing and exploding. With them every horse is taken as an individual & they always go into teaching with an open mind & no expectations, this means you really get the most out of your lessons & your horse.
Tan and Trixie.jpg
The most honest and knowledgeable horse people you could ever wish for!
I send my horse to Sam and Julia for help and advice and what I received was outstanding. They did their absolute best to help me sell my horse to a perfect new home and went out of their way to help find my perfectly matched new horse.
As luck wanted it a livery space became available at the same time, so we couldn’t be happier!
— Tanja Salmon

Thank you so much Júlia for being an amazing coach and working your magic on me!
— Jess Ross

I recently bought the beautiful Big Bird from Sam and Julia. They are the most honest genuine people I have ever met! The advert for Big Bird was spot on. She has the most fantastic temperament and level head for a 6 year old. I’m thrilled. Thank you both so much. Xx
— Elinor Evans

Many thanks to D&L Performance horses for the wonderful work they did with my young mare. When I first met Sam and his wife Julia, I felt instantly that I could trust them in the past year, they have proven that instinct to be correct. There is nobody else I will send my horses to now. The horsemanship care and training standards are second to none and the riding is sympathetic and highly effective, creating happy, relaxed horses who are willing to work. Honest to a fault, trustworthy and genuine people at a fantastic, quiet yard and I recommend D&L at every opportunity.
— Cheryl Bray

I have always been very impressed at how incredibly calm and relaxed horses are at Sam and Julia’s yard. Sam is such a quiet yet efficient rider and Julia truly adores even the most challenging of horses.

They also helped me to choose my sons new eventer, who has turned out to be an absolute diamond of a horse. When I next need a new horse I won’t hesitate to employ him again for his invaluable opinion.

Sam and Julia are a really nice couple who are easy to work with, kind, easy going and professional.
— Esther Stevens
 
Julia has been fantastic with Sox. Within just a few weeks he was a totally different horse, confident, relaxed, happy, and schooling correctly both on the flat and jumping. Julia’s connection with horses is phenomenal and inspiring. I am so pleased I made the decision to get professional help from Julia and Sam.
— Sonia Wheeler

I can’t thank Julia enough for all her amazing work with my mare, Holly. After undergoing surgery for Kissing Spine last year, Holly would often panic when put under any pressure or when put into new situations, bucking, rearing and became very unpredictable. After 5 weeks with Julia, Holly is a completely different horse, much more relaxed, confident and flexible through her back. Julia did a great job getting to know Holly and understanding her specific needs I would highly recommend D&L Performance Horses, brilliant yard with 5* care along with fantastic riders!!
— Vicki Nisbet

I recently bought my horse Solo through Sam and Julia Dempsey. Finding the right horse is difficult, it’s a big decision. When I met and tried Solo, Sam and Julia were so helpful, answering all my many questions and allowing me to get to know Solo to make sure he was right for me. The facilities at their fabulous yard meant that I could try Solo in the menage, jump him and go out on a hack. Sam and Julia gave me as much time as I needed and couldn’t have been more helpful. They are both very talented riders as well as genuinely lovely people, and it was very evident how much they care for and understand all the horses at their yard, I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone looking to buy a horse or in need of excellent livery facilities.
— Jane Oakley

Sam helped me out with my 4 years old who was really strong and very green. Now jumping round 1m classes like a pro and her manners have improved so much.
— Jess Whitwell

I called Sam and Julia to help over Christmas, however subsequently slipped a disc, Sam kept her an extra 3 weeks, and kept me regularly updated, not only in terms of her exercise and training development, but also his thoughts on her diet and management. When I went to collect her, there was no rushing and I was made to feel that they enjoyed having her. Cannot rate these guys highly enough.
— Mercedes Notton-Hill
Sam and Júlia are amazing, we have learnt so much from them both, and continue to progress with the help of this extremely talented pair! We would be lost without them, their knowledge is second to none and the environment is great for the horses!
We loved boot-camp and will be returning again.
Can’t recommend them highly enough.
— Abi Munks