Receptionists & Support

Linda Dear - Practice Manager

Linda Joined the practice in 2002 to cover maternity leave and never left! She began her working life as a travelling groom on the show jumping circuit and spent 2 years working in Japan. In her younger years she competed at BSJA, BE and BD. Since hanging up her riding boots she has filled her spare time gaining her ATT Accounting Qualifications. Linda is now Practice Manager of Chiltern Equine, of which her main role is to ensure the practices are smoothly run on a day to day basis. In her spare time she enjoys trips to her cottage in Dorset.

Louise Russell - Assistant Practice Manager

Louise began in small animal practice as a veterinary nurse in 1998 and qualified in 2005. Since then she has worked in small animal, mixed practice and a large referral centre. She moved into a management position at a local referral practice, there she gained her National Certificate in Business Development in 2012 and joined Chiltern Equine in 2021. She now works closely alongside Linda Dear ensuring each of the clinics are run as smoothly as possible.

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Kirstie Austin - Head Receptionist

Kirstie joined the team at Chiltern Equine Clinic in September 2014. Kirstie has worked in the Equine Industry for over 25 years. After completing an Equine Business Management course and achieving her BHS AI and Intermediate stable managers qualification, she worked in a variety of competition, teaching and training yards, before making the move to more office-based roles. Kirstie is based at our Bury Farm clinic and heads the reception team for Chiltern Equine.

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Pip Smith

Pip Joined Chiltern Equine Clinic in 2009 as a Receptionist. Pip has had many years experience in finance. Pip has the busy role of working with our valued clients by providing account breakdowns. Pip also completes other administration duties at our Model Farm office.

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Ellie Tyson

Ellie joined Chiltern Equine Clinic in 2011 as a full-time receptionist at our Model Farm Clinic. Ellie now manages our Widmer Farm clinic as well as working part-time in our Blueberry Farm office. After completing a National Diploma in Equine Management, she spent time working in the equine industry in riding schools and multiple livery and competition yards. Ellie has also worked in customer facing roles in the property industry, gaining invaluable customer service experience.


Sarah Pink

Sarah joined Chiltern Equine Clinic in March 2013. Prior to joining us Sarah worked in the pharmaceutical industry for a number of years. Sarah has brought her skills from this forward to us and is responsible for managing the office at the Blueberry Farm Hospital.


Kayleigh Gingell

Kayleigh joined Chiltern Equine Clinic in January 2019 as a receptionist and is based at our Model Farm Clinic. Prior to joining us Kayleigh completed her Level 3 Diploma in Equine Management at BCA where she completed work experience at a large veterinary practice in Lambourn. Kayleigh has worked within the equestrian industry for a number of years gaining experience across a range of disciplines which have included working within the racing industry and on competition yards. Kayleigh has now decided to take on a more administrative role and enjoys the fast paced environment of the veterinary practice. She is currently working towards achieving her Veterinary Practice Administration Certificate.

Kirsty Overall

Kirsty joined the team at Chiltern Equine Clinic in 2022, becoming a part of the Model Farm reception team. Kirsty has varied experience in the Equine Industry and has achieved a Level 3 Diploma in Equine Management, an equine entrepreneurship qualification and her BHS Stage 2. Most recently she has worked as a freelance groom on a variety of yards.


Rebecca Why

Rebecca joined the team at Chiltern Equine Clinic in September 2022 and is based at our Blueberry Farm Hospital where she works full time. Prior to joining us Rebecca studied at BCA (Berkshire College of Agriculture) completing a Level 3 Diploma in Equine Management. Rebecca then went on to do an equine management apprenticeship for a year at a riding school and Livery Yard before progressing to become Assistant Manager of the livery yard. Rebecca was lucky enough to purchase one of the riding school horses, Lofty, who she enjoys hacking in her spare time.


Jess Parsons

Jess joined the team at Chiltern Equine in 2022 and works full time at our Bury Farm clinic. Prior to joining us Jess completed a Level 3 Diploma in Equine Management and worked in a small animal practice for a number of years. Jess has 3 horses (2 Cobs and a miniature Shetland) and 2 Working Cocker Spaniels that keep her busy outside of work.