Meet the Team

The Owners - Maxine and Mark

Team Tutsham is owned and run by Maxine Buckby and Mark Finch. Maxine has owned and ridden horses since the age of ten where she successfully competed at local and higher level shows.

Starting with just a handful of horses, their hobby and passion has grown into the Team Tutsham Charitable Trust. With word getting round that horses and ponies in need could be given a safe and loving home, more and more horses were donated and purchased. This meant bigger premises were needed and as such they moved to Tutsham Farm near East Farleigh, Kent.

With an aim of providing disadvantaged children in Kent with the opportunity to learn to ride, care for horses and socialise with other children of varying ages and backgrounds, Maxine and Mark thoroughly enjoy utilising their own experience and passing on their knowledge to the children at Team Tutsham.

Yard Manager - Natalie Comfort


Natalie is a fundamental part of Team Tutsham. Come sunshine, rain or snow she is looking after the 35+ horses and ponies Team Tutsham is fortunate enough to have.

Not only does Natalie feed, water and check the horses everyday she has to deal with the farrier who does the horses feet, checking on the fences and cleaning the fields. You will quite often see Natalie speeding across the fields in the gator.

Natalie is a keen rider herself and is often out competing on her horse Harriet at the weekends.

Team Tutsham loves seeing her do well and she is a really positive role model for the children that come to ride with us. 


Instructors - Julie, Jess and Zara

Instructor - Julie Seery 
  • BHS  1, 2 & 3
  • NVQ 2&3 
  • Horse Diploma (Hadlow College) 
  • Qualified artificial insemination technician

At 16 Julie started at Highstead Riding Centre, where she worked on and off for 23 years. She gained her qualifications and in 1994 worked as a showjumping groom which she loved. During this time she also got the opportunity to compete locally, and went on to be a show groom.

One of Julies highlights was competing at the Kent County Show, and though she didn't place that day she bought her first horse Buster who was an American quarter horse and western trained.
With Buster she competed locally and nationally with a fair amount of success, also competing in affiliated dressage and she also trained a rider to competitive level.
In 2007 she went to Hadlow College where she gained a Horse Diploma.
At this time Julie continued to work at Highstead Riding Centre where over the years she has taught many people. In addition to teaching her other duties included helping with mares that are in foal, helping with covering of these mares, and handled the foals.
Currently Julie is looking after 5 dressage horses including a stallion and teaching at Team Tutsham - we thoroughly enjoy having Julie on board!

Instructor - Zara Thompson


Zara came to us through our affiliation with Dartford and district riding club where she has been a fundamental part of helping young children progress in their riding career.


Zara enjoys competing her own horses around the countryside and our young children aspire to be like her.

Instructor - Jess Reynolds

Jess was a former member of team tutsham as a child but now as a young adult, owns her own horse. She understands the vulnerability that the young people have through her own experiences and is a valued member because the youngsters find her approachable and easy to talk to because she understand the same wave length.

Her lessons are always good fun especially for the new children that are just starting out.

She this year has had success with her own horse in the showing of Racehorses in the RoR classes making reserve champion.

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