WWOOFers - volunteers on the world-wide organic farming programme
 
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Riley (left) from the USA and Heike from Germany
joined Anne in June 2013 to help with new Australian colt foals
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Albane

Finally Albane, who turned 20 during her stay

 

Barbara

Then Barbara

 

Adrian

Then came Adrian

 

Philippine

Then came Philippine who saw the birth of our two foals

 

Solene

Solene was the first of a series of French WWOOFers at Gadebrook in the spring and summer of 2014

 

Hannah

We were delighted that Hannah came back from Germany for a third WWOOF at Gadebrook in March. Her help was much appreciated, especially seeding the fields. She also had time for some Intelligent Horsemanship with Jackie, a Lambing Day, “Kiss Me Kate”, a visit to a training session with Rem and Kallista – and canasta, of course!

 

Manu

Manu from France also made a welcome return to Gadebrook - this time, with collie Jaffa. He worked his magic on a much-needed fence to create a colts’ field, as well as clearing a fallen tree in the mares’ paddock and patching us up in preparation for the foaling season in March 2014 – and late evening sessions of canasta!

 

Ruth

International WWOOFer Ruth from the north east of England called in for a vital 10 days to cover for Anne during her trip to Abu Dhabi at the end of February 2014 and renewed her friendship with horses while she cleaned fields and led the yearling colts, Palermo and Bismillah - and Kitty the Shetland!

 

Astrid

Fortunately, German student Astrid from Dortmund is familiar with horses and outdoor work, and enjoyed better weather for her time at Gadebrook while she helped look after the horses in Anne’s absence in Abu Dhabi

 

Corentin

Gadebrook is now Corentin’s second home as he fitted in immediately with the routine and jobs on the stud in January and February 2014, and learned so much about Natural Horsemanship from groom Jackie. Photo: Corentin with Palermo.
His enthusiastic report for his university (in French) can be read HERE

 

Natasha

Animal-loving Natasha blew in from Scotland for the darkest months of December 2013 and wettest weeks of the New year, and helped cheerfully on the farm and at the house (after Anne’s move). She soon became Kitty the Shetland’s best friend

 

Patricia

Patricia came for the two winder months of 2013 from the warmth of Andalusia to the stiff breezes of Tansor Lodge farm. We helped her with her English and she helped us with the horses and fieldwork, usually “helped” (interrupted) by Palmyra (right).

 

Ines

Ines from Barcelona kept calm in Autumn 2013 and helped at the farm while a house move was going on in Oundle. She particularly enjoyed working with the youngsters and fell in love with Pepelka’s filly Mariska (right)

 

Jule

It's always a joy to have teenage students from Freischule Elztal in Germany and Jule (the 4th in 3 years) was the latest to study English here while she helped with the horses in the early autumn of 2013. She coped brilliantly with both at the farm, but got into hot water at the house!

 

Lisa

Lisa from Germany got the best and the worst of the weather - and shivered through a 50-mph gale while Salim did his first 120km Endurance Race. We hope she enjoyed her stay as much as we enjoyed having her.

 

Jean

Gentle Jean from France had excellent English and a wonderful way with the horses, so we enjoyed a happy summer with him as he learnt about Intelligent Horsemanship and afternoon tea, English style. But he'll never be able to look at a bat in the same way again!

 

Lina

Lina came back to renew friendships with humans and horses in August 2013 and met another returning WWOOFer Hannah. Always lovely to have WOOFers back to stay - they know the routine so we have plenty of time to play!

 

Hannah

We were delighted that Hannah came back from Germany to help with the horses and improve her English in the sunny summer of 2013. We kept her busy with the Crabbet Convention, Gadebrook's Open Day and 'vet running' at Endurance Rides with Kalish and Salim.

 

Kenza

Experienced horsewoman Kenza arrived from France in a heatwave in June 2013 for two weeks and very quickly made friends with the three foals and their dams.

 

Riley

Riley from the USA joined us at the peak of a very busy spring in 2013 to help with handling the two colt foals, Masadi covering three mares, Wahiba going off to stud, Al Wajbah leaving on loan, a Middle Eastern TV crew filming at Gadebrook for two days, and an endless stream of visitors. We wish her luck back at Brown University.

 

Heike

Lucky Heike came from Germany to enjoy the foals, especially Signature's lively colt, Bismillah, in the late spring of 2013. Hopefully her experience with the horses at Gadebrook will help her with her vet studies back in Hanover. Click on photo to view Heike with Bismillah

 

Hannah

Hannah brought huge enthusiasm and energy to the stud in February 2013, got up close and personal with the stallions, including Binley Prince Salim at his dressage tests, and learnt "join-up" with the youngsters.
She'll be back.

 

Nerea

Kindergartan teacher and mature English language student Nerea, from the Basque region of Spain, spent ten weeks in early 2013 learning English and helping with the horses - in very chilly weather. She was always good company and an excellent student.

 

Johnny

Johnny from France lugged barrows of water and hay to the fields every day to help us through a bitter winter 2013 - and invented the tyre hay feeder. Thanks Johnny.

 

Erwin

Cheerful Erwin from Chile kept us smiling through a cold December 2012 while we struggled with flooded fields and muddy horses. He made particular friends with filly Palmyra who flirted with him outrageously. Please come back for a return game of Canasta!

 

Philippe

Hard-working and conscientious Philippe from France helped enormously with the horses and the farmwork for a month in December 2012, and kindly tidied up the garden too. He was pretty partial to English crumpets too.

 

Marlene

Medical student Marlene came for her third visit to Gadebrook from Germany in October 2012 at the same time as Lina. Together they helped with the horses and got to know Jazmyn and her colt foal Samba.

 

Lina

Lina from Germany came to Gadebrook for two months in August 2012 and was immediately immersed in helping at an endurance ride in stewarding the Crabbet Show at Equifest and in helping to prepare for the BEF Young Stock Evaluations, together with Sandy. Her hard work and enthusiasm are grately appreciated.

 

Sandy

From Ireland via London - Sandy is steeped in horses and helped enormously during a very busy August 2012 with endurance rides, the Crabbet Show and the BEF Youngstock Evaluations assisted by Lina, WWOOFer from Germany

 

Elisa

Helpful and hard-working Elisa from Angers in France enjoyed meeting the horses in August 2012, including Palma Benay from Australia, and Jazmyn's foal Samba by Sambist

 

Lothar

Lothar joined us from the Austrian Organic Farmers Association to improve his English as my student and to help with the foals and the fields in spring 2012 - and brought his own kayak and bike to explore the area. His enthusiasm and hard work is much appreciated.

 

Ina

Ina came back for her third visit in April 2012 and was awarded - on her last day - by the arrival of Pepelka's colt foal Samarqand.

 

Birte

Birte, now on her fifth visit to Gadebrook, in early April 2012, brought her sunny disposition to the many tasks at Gadebrook stud, what fun it is to have her back!

 

Anne

Graphic designer Anne from Germany worked her socks off helping on the farm and learning about the horses for two months in early 2012 - a joy to have around the house and the stud.

 

Sanne

18-year old Sanne from Australia is already world-travelled and a great asset to Gadebrook Stud for the 2 months at the end of 2011

 

Sophie

Sophia from Germany, a class-mate of Sarah's, worked really well with the horses in the autumn of 2011

 

Sarah

Sarah came from Germany for English lessons and stayed to give us lots of help with the horses in the summer of 2011

 

Marjolaine

Marjolaine joined us in June 2011 for 3 months and immediately got to know the foals, including cheeky 2-month old Tango (Sambist x Jazmyn)

 

Lorenzo

Ever-helpful Lorenzo from Tuscany arrived in time for Jazmyn's foal, Tango, in May 2011 and had a magic touch with all the horses

 

Moises

Hard-working Moises came over from Barcelona in April 2011 and helped get the farm ready for spring and the mares ready for covering

 

Pierre

Pierre helped in the run up to Christmas 2010 in wintery conditions of frozen troughs, snow-covered fields and hungry horses. He also made friends with our latest addition, Biscuit, the ginger kitten

 

Hannah

Hannah's two visits covered an English learning session - an excellent student and WWOOF holiday where she accomplished so much with the young horses - and also Al Wajbah (click photo)

 

Birte

Birte paid a welcome return visit to Gadebrook for a 4th time to renew her bond with the foals, to meet kitten biscuit and to catch up with the latest news

 

Christina

Christina is the sister of Ramona who had WWOOFed at Gadebrook the previous year - nice to know we are a family affair! Christina was very able at both handling and riding the horses

 

Nelly

Nelly from France joined us in August 2010, replacing Katja and helping with training the foals and learning about Arabian horses and stud work. Here she gets to know Palma Benay from Australia

 

Franciska

Franciska from Germany spent all too short a time with us in July 2010 and we hope she will come back to enjoy the Arab horses she loves so much, including Al Wajbah

 

Katja

Katja from Switzerland spent six wonderful summer weeks at Gadebrook tirelessly working with the horses and poo-picking the fields (oh joy!), all the while studying hard for her English exams under Anne's tuition. (www.learnenglishinengland.co.uk)

 

Petyó (Peter)

Peter joined us from Hungary and within half an hour was helping the vet inseminate a mare - in at the deep end! He loves the horses. especially the foals Wahiba and Mandarine.

 

Ina

Ina returned for 2 wonderful weeks to help with covering, and caring for the foals, including Kaalif when he had a tummy bug and needed medicine

 

Adam

For laid back Adam from Australia, the answer lies in the soil. He planted trees, strimmed the ever-growing weeds and created manure piles at every corner

 

Alison

Alison makes a welcome return to Gadebrook in the spring of 2010, having endured the worst of the winter here previously.

 

Ina

So many new experiences for tireless Ina from Germany, including handling the new foals and Crabbet mare Palma Benay. We hope she will return to Gadebrook

 

Marine

Lucky Marine from France - the best weather, coverings, visiting mares - and three new foals; what WWOOFer could ask for more!

 

 

Udo

Fun-loving Udo, from Romania, pictured in a rare serious moment with Jazmyn, spent a lively month at Gadebrook in March 2010 before returning to his walking guide duties in the Carpathian Mountains

 

Jenny

Jenny from the west coast of the USA joined us in the mud of February 2010 to help us train our youngsters with natural horsemanship methods. Kalish can't wait!

 

Emmanuel

Manu from France soon caught the canasta bug, hardly putting down the cards to eat each evening! However during the day he worked very hard in the fields and in the stables to help us through February 2010. His repairs on the fencing should keep the horses out of the orchard for a few more years.

 

Sarah

Sarah came from Germany in mid-winter 2010 to learn more about handling horses and farm work - plus the joys of crumpets and canasta.

Sarah learnt to plait manes, using weanling filly Silver Sunbeam for her model, seen here with bay weanling colt, Rizaam by Sambist.

 

Ricardo

Ricardo - our first WWOOFer from Brazil - has been a wonderful helper in a dark and difficult winter, hacking ice off the troughs, carrying hay to the mares and poo-picking endlessly, then beating us at canasta

 

Alison

Alison came from the USA in January 2010 and has been so capable and keen she will return in May, to see the new foals, to continue training Sunbeam (right) and to try to win at canasta

 

Sophie

Sophie from France helped in the worst of the winter weather 2010 fighting snow and winds to look after our pregant mares and youngsters, for which we thank her

   

Stéphanie

Stéphanie whose family come from Cambodia, was a bright light over Christmas 2009 with her partner Dorian, a fire eater from France - who in fact did indeed set fire to the living room (bellows too close to the wood burner creating a hotter Christmas lunch than we needed!)

   

Eric

Eric from the USA joined us in December 2009 on the first leg of his European adventure, and learned about horses, stud work and country pursuits in general

 

Lee

American vet student Lee "commuted" from her course at Glasgow University in September 2009 to help out at Gadebrook and learn a little about equine medicine

 

Hélène

Hélène from Lille in northern France energised the stud in so many ways although she struggled with English at first. She was happy to help with all tasks and rejuvernated the lawns between helping with the mares and foals.

Hélène also helped school Rhapsody in Blue

 

Marlene

We were delighted to welcome back Marlene from Berlin in 2009 as she had previously spent two months with us in summer 2008. Her English has improved and her help with the horses was invaluable. She was reunited with kitten Chaussettes and helped feed three month old filly Silver Sunbeam (pictured)

 

Wayne

Wayne cheerfully hacked and axed his way through the Gadebrook undergrowth in the summer of 2009 to clear the land of weeds and overgrown bushes. Thanks, Wayne

 

Ramona

Ramona from Germany stayed too short a time with us but helped re-seed the bare patches that Sambist dug in his field - and she finally got to ride Pepelka

 

Célia

Célia from France was a cheerful addition to the stud to help with the foals in Summer 2009. Her happy disposition and skill with the horses made her visit a pleasure.

 

Sam

Sam, a journalism student from Barcelona, put a huge amount of energy into clearing the weeds from the land, trimming the hedges and driving the quad bike to clear the rubbish. Once he had watched the Fawlty Towers series, he understood why everyone said 'Que?' when we said he was from Barcelona.

 

Thomas

Thomas, originally from Austria, but now living in Dharamsala, the home of the Dalai Lama in India, brought a wonderful energy and commitment to Tansor Lodge Farm, strimming, digging, burning, clearing and planting to transform the fields and garden. He hardly expected to help with foals and covering - so a new experience for him!

 

Lucia

Lucia, our first WWOOFer from the Netherlands, worked tirelessly - but was rewarded with a new colt from Rizaari and the birth of Silver Heart's filly in the field one sunny April morning.

 

Birte

We were delighted that Birte was able to return with her usual cheerful, helpful manner and wonderful sense of humour. Such a shame Rizaari foalded late and she missed the birth. But she did get to handle the eagle when the falconer came to hunt rabbits

 

Ines

German Ines, now teaching in Austria, stayed too short a time but was a valuable helper - on the farm and in the kitchen. The hanging baskets she helped create have brightened the farm. She promises to return in August to see them in their glory.

 

   

Elsa

Elsa arrived from Belgium in a snowstorm in February 2009 and worked tirelessly with the horses and in the stables. She seemed to enjoy her stay as much as we enjoyed having her with us.

 

Amanda

Amanda from South Africa rejoined us for three weeks in winter 2009 to help manage the farm during Anne's absence in Oman.

 

Claudia

Thank goodness for Claudia from Austria who came for two and a half snowy and muddy months at the beginning of 2009.

 

Lucie

Lucie from France celebrated Christmas 2008 with us, between mucking out, coping with horses and supporting the FitzWilliam Hunt.

 

Anna

Anna from France joined us in November 2008 for some muddy poo picking and horse training with Rhapsody in Blue.

 

Jennifer

Canadian Jenni from British Columbia joined us in November and taught Bright Dawn the 'Spanish walk' - between cycle rides, yoga and apple stews.

 

Adam

Haynet-filler and apple-picker extraordinaire, Adam, from Toulouse, joined us in October 2008 for two weeks.

 

Birte

Another wonderful German volunteer, Birte - and Kalish - helped with blackberry-picking, weeding and so much more in September and October 2008

 

Mélanie

Mélanie returned to Gadebrook in August 2008 and rides a horse, at last: Archie, belonging to Felicity, our work experience student

 

Kristina

Kristina from Germany with Palma Benay from Australia; we hope she enjoyed her stay as much as we enjoyed having her here to help during September 2008

 

Marlene

Kitten tamer Marlene from Germany shared her time between feline and equine duties for two months in late summer 2008

 

 

Gesine

Gesine, from Hanover, shown mucking about on the muck heap, joined us in July 2008 to help with the foals

 

 

Camille

Camille, from Lille, improved her English while helping us in June 2008. Her gentle ways worked well with our horses

 

 

Amanda

Amanda from South Africa stayed in June and July 2008. She really appreciated the Gadebrook way of handling the horses and we welcome her promised return visit

 

 

Marjorie

Marjorie from San Francisco, swapped the design world for work in the fields in June 2008 - with a little help from Bright Dawn!

 

 

Daniela

Nurse Daniela, from Austria, was the ideal person to help inject a sick foal during her stay in May 2008

 

Yukino (2nd visit)

Yukino, from Japan, returned for another month in April and took the chance to drive Jackie's miniature ponies

 

 

Miriam

Miriam, from Germany, a tireless and valuable member of the team at Tansor Lodge Farm in March 2008

 

 

Katie

Katie, our first WWOOFer from Canada, in February 2008 coping just as well with a ferret as with the rest of the animals

 

 

Andrea

Andrea from Berlin in Germany meets 2-year old Rhapsody in Blue, December 2007

 

 

 

Yukino

Yukino, our first WWOOFer from Japan, joined us for Christmas 2007 and New Year 2008

 

 

Kathrine

Kathrine, our first WWOOFer from Denmark, helps feed the weanings, Nov 2007

 

 

François

François, from France, our first chap and a hero he turned out to be. Here with his favourite mare Silver Aura, Nov 2007

 

 

Ziggy

Ziggy, from Southhampton, our first English WWOOFer. Always cheerful but doesn't impress Zaharina! Oct 2007

 

 

Elena

Elena, from Germany. So many fences to paint, so little time!

 

 

Stéphanie

Stéphanie, from Switzerland, hitches a ride on the quad bike with Gadebrook groom Vicki, Aug 2007

 

 

Mélanie

Mélanie, from France, with stallion Sambist. Our very first WWOOFer arrived in time to cover Jazmyn on 14 July 2007