We are only too pleased to share testimonials from appreciative people associated with the riding school and livery yard. Whether you ride for pleasure, enjoy jumping horses or prefer dressage activities then we offer something for every enthusiastic horse rider in Wiltshire.

See below for our most recent testimonials . .

Livery customer returns
Many many thanks to Jo, Charlie and yourself You’ve no idea what a relief it is to know that a professional team are looking after Rupert. I really can’t thank you all enough xx

Kate Moss

Uplands School – SEN skills learning

On behalf of Uplands School and Uplands Educational Trust I would like to express our sincere thanks to John and Jo for the way you have responded to the needs of our SEN students.

You have listended and responded to the individual needs of our young people, who have complex learning disabilities, with empathy and clear expectations.

Rein and Shine’s ability to be flexible and adaptable means that you offer real inclusion opportunities for our most vulnerable learners.

You have been fantastic!

Thank you

Jackie Smith, Executive Head Teacher

First Horse Riding Lesson at Rein & Shine

Just a quick note to thank you for giving Josh, Jasmin, Wren and Aysha a really excellent lesson today.

They were so well supported and all felt they had learned a lot and would want to come again.

Dear John,I wanted to express my sincere thanks to you and the ladies that looked after us last Saturday for my sister’s hen do.
My sister was absolutely thrilled to find out we were riding and you didn’t disappoint.  The party room was perfect and felt very personal- so much so the party thought I had prepared the party bags! We loved the balloons and the rosettes.
The riding was great fun, despite the cold windy weather we all left with big smiles and have been talking fondly of our ponies.
The party games were super and your staff showed such enthusiasm despite it being so cold. Please pass our thanks to all the girls.
Great value for money and I have already recommended your riding school to others.
Thank you again


Jo, you are the most dedicated, loving and professional equine person I have ever met. I will never find a better yard than yours! Together (John and Jo) you have both created a horse, and horse lovers, paradise. . . . you have a wonderful yard and fantastic staff that are a credit to you both! lots of love Laura, Louis, William and Anne xx

Horsey Hen Party

Samantha – Great riding hen party for Claire yesterday. Thank you for accommodating us and giving us all a great few hours of horsey fun, adult gymkhana type racing and hacking. Some girls never grow out of their pony days . Great place and horses, even the rain couldn’t dampen the fun.

Tracy – Just to say a huge thank you to everyone at Rein & Shine, as we all had a fantastic time at our hen party! The horses were wonderful, the team there all so accommodating and the buffet was delicious. Absolutely loved it and would recommend it to others. Tracy xx

Pony party customer

Dear Jo and John
Thank you so much for my party yesterday all my friends want to go horse riding now!!!! I had the best birthday ever. I was waiting to find the right riding school to have my party and now I have because my other riding school wasn’t very good.I can’t wait until my dressage test. I hope you hade a great time too. Casper is soooooooooo cute but he is too small for me to ride
Once again thank you so much
Love Sophie xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Riding school customer

I had a fantastic lesson yesterday afternoon. Thanks for your help and support.
Sophie McCarthy
Rein & Shine customer

Riding school customer

Zoe Sheppard who is a regular visitor at Rein & shine had her first jumping lesson today on Jonah. He is the new horse on loan to the ridng school.

Afterwards Zoe said ‘it was the best lesson I have ever had and Jonah is the ideal horse for a riding school’.

Thank you Zoe for your kind words and well done Jonah!!

Visitor to livery yard

‘I think you have done a wonderful job on the yard, it’s the best I’ve seen so far in terms of finish, quality, welcome, and overall professionalism. I will definitely be back in touch when I find a horse’. (S.K.)

James Gray, MP

James Gray, MP for North Wiltshire has visited Rein and Shine, a brand new riding school and livery yard in Braydon, near Purton. He met with the owners, Jo Sharpe and John McDonald, who introduced him to the new facilities that are being built ready for opening in August. James said,

“’I am pleased to see a disused farm being rejuvenated, and the investment Jo and John are making has already created local employment and contracts for the local community. I am fully supportive of what Jo and John are trying to achieve, especially with the open and inclusive approach they are taking to introduce new people to riding as well as developing riding skills for horse owners and riders in the area. Their initiative for grass roots training on horse care, management and welfare is very encouraging for the 8 – 15 year olds they are targeting and I wish them every success in their venture. As President of the Association of British Riding Schools, I am very keen to help promote entrepreneurial new businesses like this one.”