Scotlands Premier Equestrian Facility

About us

Strathearn Eventing wins the HorseScotland EQUESTRIAN BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2023 & Sarah wins PERFORMANCE COACH OF THE YEAR 2023

Strathearn Eventing aims to provide an ‘all-round’ equestrian service for the horse and owner whatever their level and ambition. The facilities are aimed at being able to meet the targets set by the rider, whilst providing a high standard of care for the horses. Coaching at all levels is to be fun whilst seeking improvement and achieving desired goals,safely, for individuals, groups or clubs. The cross country facility is dedicated to offering training jumps for all and is open to the public. There are regular competitions and clinics in a variety of disciplines. A bespoke service of horse keep and schooling is available within the family run yard and there is over eighty years of knowledge and experience in caring for horses based on site. We also have a number of horses for sale. Please do not hesitate to contact us via or 01738 840263/ 07802 559127 if you require further information.

Sarah Houlden

BSc Hons, International EFI Level 2 Coach, UKCC Level 3, British Eventing Accredited Coach


Sarah runs the family business at Strathearn Eventing living on site and is married to Alastair, a charted surveyor in Edinburgh. Our two sons James 19, and Rory 14 are both involved desinging and building cross country fences whilst helping to maintain with all aspects of grassland management.  Both boys are keen competitors having represented Scotland in Working Hunter Pony and James now riding at Intermediate/3* level.

Sarah has ridden since the age of two starting out with national success in working hunter pony – Champion Working Hunter Pony Royal International and numerous times Royal Highland and other county shows and representing Scotland in the BSPS Championships. Eventing started on Master Tilton winning the Pony Club Championships and representing the British Pony Three Day Event Team on three occasions winning team gold and bronze medals in Italy, Holland and Germany. Goosey Lucy represented Britain in Juniors winning in Ireland and competed Blair Castle International Horse Trails, whilst Dallamore, homebred advanced mare was a member of the Rural Riders winning team Gold after a successful career in the working hunter ring – Champion Royal Show and four times Blair Champion . 

At the age of eighteen Sarah was third in the Bells Scottish Personality of The Year awards. A former pupil of Kilgraston, Sarah won the Schools Event Championships which subsequently kindled the beginning of the very popular Kilgraston Schools Competition. 
Sarah is well known for the production of young horses winning the Scottish Novice Championships several times with her prolific winner White Chief, one of the only horses to win a Young Event Horse Championship two years earlier at Thirlestane. Dallamore was third and highest placed mare at Burghley Young Event Horse Championships.  Sarah obtained a BSc Hons in International Agriculture and Equine Business Management at The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.
Coaching is an important part of Strathearn Eventing and with Sarahs’ enthusiastic and fun approach as well as extensive qualifications and experience she can help individuals, groups and clubs.

Sarah is the ambassador for The British Eventing Howden Way Academy in Scotland with clinics taught around Scotland whilst developing the syllabus at home with use of the extensive facilities.

Hazel England

Hazel has over 60 years experience in producing horses and ponies for competition, a thorough knowledge of breeding lines and an exceptional eye for horse correctness and conformation. In addition, Hazel has a practical understanding of good equine husbandry and rehabilitaing horses. Hazel’s experience is recognised in the industry as she is frequently asked to Judge including at the Royal Highland Show the overall Supreme Animal.