I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t drawn to horses and my life and career has subsequently, been dominated by these fascinating animals.
As BHS Regional Manager for the North of England, for almost two decades, I specialised in Equine Health and Welfare and gained extensive knowledge and experience of the charity sector.
I am from a non-horsey family and as a child was virtually self-taught, learning to ride by trial and countless errors.
I do however, have a lifelong interest in agriculture and this became the focus of my studies. After college in the UK, I travelled to the USA for two years, working on farms and ranches and studying at the University of Minnesota.
I rode western too, before returning to the UK, where I eventually learned to ride in a confined space! The decision to concentrate on a career in equestrianism came soon after my return home. This led me to BHS qualifications and after that, into teaching.
I then spent seven, very enjoyable years, as Head of Equine Studies at Houghall College and founded a successful British Eventing horse trials fixture there.
Throughout my career, I have always enjoyed riding and training, our mainly homebred horses and have no plans to hang up my boots just yet. In fact, in 2017, I was honoured to be the first to achieve the new BHS Level 5 Coach in Complete Horsemanship certificate (BHSI).
I am now fortunate to own farmland and have self-built my dream home there.
More recently, the desire to connect with people who share my beliefs and are willing to give their all, became the catalyst for establishing this Here4Horses charity.
I am very excited for the future and looking forward to working with this highly skilled team, for the benefit of all horses and ponies.