Meet the Team
Meet the team at Hornton Grounds
Catherine has ridden all her life and was an active Pony Clubber up to B test standard but for many years has regarded herself as a happy hacker whilst her passion for cattle took up all hers and Grahams time.
Graham Vint grew up in Jersey on his father’s fruit farm with a small herd of Jerseys, after graduating from Seale Hayne in agriculture and completing a post graduate diploma in Farm Management he returned home to manage the family farm with his wife Catherine a fellow graduate of Seale Hayne. Together they developed the outstanding Tee Vee herd of pedigree Jersey cattle enjoying much success in the show ring and breaking a number of breed production records. After buying out his fathers business, they moved to larger premises near Southampton moving lock stock and barrel to farm on the edge of the New Forest and to be able to continue their passion of dairy farming and explaining about farming and food production to a wider audience. The Farm was opened to the public for over 60,000 visitors a year and specialised in exceptional quality educational visits for schools. The farm had a huge variety of different breeds of sheep, goats, poultry and pigs as well as their beloved pedigree Jersey cows.
The decision was made to leave farming in 2000 and follow new career paths. Graham became a member of the States of Jersey Police force winning the Chief Officers Cup in 2003.
After being made Farming Ambassador of the Year S.E. for the NFU in 2000 Catherine was appointed to the States of Jersey Government Agricultural Advisory Committee and served on Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society Council. Catherine was also very actively involved in the establishment of the geographic marque – Genuine Jersey, developing it from a membership of a dozen businesses to nearly a hundred diverse businesses from food producers to craft workers to brewers all earning the right to use the logo of Genuine Jersey.
Graham and Catherine have a keen interest in all elements of the countryside; Graham is good shot and has a sharp eye for birds. Both enjoy every aspect of food whether producing it or consuming it and as a Cordon Bleu Cook Catherine enjoys cooking it. Graham and Catherine have also been strong supporters of the Slow Food Movement, having been active organisers of the Jersey Convivium. One of our key aims in returning to farming in 2009 at Hornton Grounds was to enable a young person to establish themselves as a farmer in their own right. To enable the next generation of farming at Hornton Grounds we have evolved a share farming system leading to a tenancy of the land to fulfill our wish to retire at a sensible age and kickstart a future farmer.
Will Allan has been actively farming with his sisters since he was 15 and has built up a substantial flock of sheep. After Hartbury College he has developed a superb reputation within the sheep world. His tractor driving skills are always in strong demand. In his spare time Will is very active within Young Farmers and is an outstanding shot.