New OSCAR Franchise in the Spotlight: Sarah Stephens
New OSCAR Franchisee in the Spotlight
Oscar Franchisee: Sarah Stephens
Which area does your OSCAR business cover?
Areas I cover include Highcliffe, Christchurch, Tuckton, Wick, Holdenhurst, Parley, Ferndown, West Moors, St Leonards, Three Legged Cross, St Ives, Ashley Heath, Verwood, Ringwood, and Bransgore.
What was your career before OSCAR?
Before OSCARS I worked at The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy, as a trainer within team management.
What made you decide on a career change to run your own OSCAR Business?
The bulk of my career has been in Biological Science Research and Development, but redundancy in 2004 prompted a change of direction to teaching, and a team management role for 'The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy' in 2005. After 10 years I am ready for a change and another challenge.
What was it that made you choose an OSCAR franchise business?
The long track record and level of training and support. Plus good feedback from existing franchisees.
What has been your favourite part of your OSCAR training so far?
Favourite part of training (if we don't count the night out with the team!) was having the opportunity to swap ideas and give and receive support from the other trainees. Finding Cuerden Valley Park just around the corner was a massive bonus too, as I had somewhere nice to continue the training for the half marathon - which is this Sunday.
What pets do you have?
Scruffy, who I re-homed from the Dogs Trust. Scruffy is a cross breed dog and is approximately 9 years old. Nelson, a ¾ Irish Draught horse who is 19 years old.
Which OSCAR food do you feed your pet?
I feed Scruffy on OSCAR Adult Care Lamb and Rice.
What is your pet's favourite game to play and why?
Scruffy loves showing off his tricks, especially 'roll over' in the hope of getting a treat.
Tell us a funny tale about your pet
Scruffy should have been called Houdini. He can escape from anywhere, which is probably why he ended up with 'Dogs Trust' in the first place. He has returned home in a variety of strangers' cars over the years. He is a dog who knows how to make friends.
Scruffy recently won the 'best sausage catcher' class at the Lymington Carnival Dog Show, run by OSCAR franchise Clare Muir. He went on to win 'best in show' with his display of tricks. Scruffy was very happy with his selection of OSCAR treats which were the prizes!
If you could be any pet, what would you be and why?
A cat – they get totally pampered and no one tells them what to do!