Son of Mick & Ella, Rob is an experienced and accomplished Veterinary Surgeon. He worked for 20 years at racecourses and equestrian events around the country, including;
– Goodwood, Warwick, Plumpton, Brighton, Fontwell
– Burghley Horse Trials,
– Aston, Somerley, Syde, Milton Keynes, Sapey
– The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead,
– Pony Club Championships, Sansaw,
– British Open Showjumping Championships
– Horse of the Year Show – Senior Vet.
Wife to Rob and mother to Daniel, Vicky is the Farm Manager, workhorse and drive behind Clay Farm.
Her efforts and input ensure that the farm is well run and tidy, that the visitors have an experience to be remembered and that our customers have a good deal. She is passionate about the production of quality animals and ensures that those show-casing our farm are turned out to perfection. Her eye for quality ensures that we can offer for sale the very best animals that we can produce.
Stock she has produced have won at major shows in the ownership of Clay Farm and others to whom she has sold stock.
Vicky (nee Letherbarrow) was European Junior Show-jumping Champion in 1985 and a part of the winning team – something she is very proud of, but at the same time very modest about. See the List of European Winners
Daniel Grinnall, born in June 2005, sadly too late to ever meet his Grandfather, Mick, but nevertheless, a beneficiary of all that he began.
Daniel enjoys the shows and farm sales above all else and in his first year of showing sheep won several prizes including first at Monmouth Show and third at Tenbury.
On his pony Gleiniant Spindrift, he has competed successfully for his school at NSEA competitions.
He now enjoys helping on the farm with the sheep and pygmy goats. Daniel is at Abberley Hall School
MRS ELLA GRINNALL
Wife of the late Mick Grinnall, who between them started all that is now Clay Farm.
Ella’s role now is that of financial advisor and anchor to the business started with such hard labour 40 years ago. She runs the fishing and caravanning side of the business, taking the bookings and ensuring that visitors are welcomed and shown the facilities.
She enjoys telling Daniel (her only grandchild) the history of Clay Farm, the Grinnall and Griffiths families and the locality.
She also loves to watch Daniel competing with his pony and showing his goats and sheep at the shows.
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Clay Farm, the dream and vision of Mick & Ella Grinnall, started some thirty years ago when the 100 acres was purchased from the late Mr & Mrs George Griffiths.
Now thirty years on, things have evolved; the sudden death of Mick Grinnall has led to a new partnership of Ella, son Rob and his wife Vicky.
The farm has been expanded with the purchase of a further 60 acres and is run within a HLS scheme, allowing for low input, low stocking, high quality stock production.
The farm has now diversified into a modern farming enterprise with various businesses here on the property. We let units to businesses which are mostly rural based such as a farrier and dog groomer, as well as a metal fabricator and car product company.
Our farming of livestock aims to produce top quality animals with attention given to their welfare and management. The breeds we have chosen are suited for our low level stocking densities and are marketed to the niche market rather than mass production.
We are always striving to improve the farm and the experience our visitors have here. We welcome visitors who wish to inspect any of the animals – even if they don’t buy any!