Here for your horse through every stage of their life
We're a new venture launched by my wife, Emma and myself, based at Woodpecker Stables, just five minutes from Junction 25 of the M1 in the lovely village of Dale Abbey.
We operate an ambulatory service covering Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire or you can bring your horses to Woodpecker Stables to be seen. We are currently in the process of constructing a state-of-the-art, two-storey clinic at Woodpecker – the construction of which you can follow on our Facebook page.
Preventative healthcare is a large part of what we do and the key to achieving this is by communicating clearly with our clients, whether that means tailoring a care plan to your circumstances, or referring you to neighbouring colleagues when we feel their help is required.
We know what we’re good at, and we’re passionate about what we do – because the health of your horse is paramount.
To us, it's personal
Emma and Gil have built their forever home in the grounds of Woodpecker Stables, and live there with their two children, three dogs and three cats.
Gil Riley MVB CertEP MRCVS
Founder & Vet
Gil qualified in 1990 from University College Dublin and gained experience in his native Northern Ireland and then in Wales. He move to Pool House Vets in Staffordshire in 1997. In 2000 he joined the partnership, and the practice grew into separate small animal and equine hospitals. From there, he became a fundamental member of the partnership, and developed his specialism in poor performance presentations, before setting out on his own in 2022.
Emma Whiston Riley
Founder & Practice Manager
Emma has always been involved in the equine industry and, after leaving school, set up her own freelance coaching and livery business from Woodpecker Stables. Whilst developing the business in those early years, she gained her British Horse Society Stage 4 certificate and studied part time at Nottingham Trent University gaining a BSc (Hons) in Equine Sports Science. She loves her role as practice manager, and is studying for further qualifications in veterinary leadership and management.
Mon: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Tues: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Wed: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Thurs: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Fri: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Access to the clinic is along a short one-track lane, which means vehicles over 7.5 tons may struggle with access at busy times. If you have any concerns, please contact us before visiting our practice.
For out of hours emergency enquiries, please call 0115 778 6997