Turville Valley Stud
Turville Valley Stud was founded some forty years ago by the late Nan Thurman, and was originally a riding school for children. However, for the past thirty years it has been specialising in training horses and riders influenced by traditional Portuguese Classical methods.
Nan and her husband, Eric, fell in love with the Lusitano horse after a chance trip to Portugal. At the time the breed was not well known in the UK, but return trips were made by Nan and her daughters, Angela and Diane, to learn more about these beautiful Iberians and the Portuguese way of training. Soon four stallions and two mares made their way to Turville and the centre became one of the leaders in breeding and training Lusitanos.
After both Nan later Eric passed away, the yard passed to Angela (Fois) and Diane (Thurman-Baker). Both have competed successfully in various disciplines. Starting with The Pony Club, they were in show jumping, eventing and mounted games teams. Later they moved to BSJA, British Eventing and British Dressage.
The yard is calm and well organised and is set in the beautiful village of Turville, nestled in the Chiltern Hills. Both Angela and Diane live ‘on site’, one on either side of the stables, so there is 24-hour supervision.
There are two very good outdoor arenas, one 20m x 40m and one 20m x 60m.