It’s nice that Elisha can smile when she talks about her adventures training a young horse. Few can.
“I bought a four-year-old in late autumn as a project,” she laughs. “I wanted something I could get out and compete after semi-retiring my faithful steed of 15 years. She’s certainly taught me a thing or two – sit up and kick on! I’m hoping to have her out by the end of the summer but youngsters take time so we will go when the time is right.”
The 28-year-old joined Sansaw Estate in June, taking on the role of book keeper. Having worked in practice for the past seven years she was looking for a new challenge.
“I’m really enjoying working in such a diverse, forward thinking business,” she explained. “No two days are the same and I am thriving off the challenges it presents.
“I studied AS levels at Ludlow College but didn’t enjoy it so I went to work on a dairy farm bottling milk. It paid well but it wasn’t a long term career option.”
Thankfully, given her chosen profession, she loves maths.
“Ever since I was young I loved maths and problem-solving so it only seemed natural to follow a career path involving numbers. I studied my AAT at Kidderminster College gaining full membership status in 2012.
“Whilst studying I volunteered three afternoons for an accountancy practice in Bewdley. I then managed to secure an apprenticeship with a company that made industrial ceramics. There wasn’t enough work so I had to take a book to read. Enough was enough when it felt like I’d read the entire contents of a library in six months.
“I’m now studying for my ACCA with the hope of qualifying within the next 12 months. I’ve got three exams left but it’s not plain sailing.”
Having spent her life growing up in rural Shropshire it was no surprise when she married a dairy farmer 18 months ago.
“Matthew and I have been together for eight years and live on the farm in south Shropshire. I know what farming life is all about and I can cope with the sights and smells,” she laughs. “It doesn’t bother me but sometimes I suggest that a shower is advisable.”