I would say my introduction to horses was less than conventional. As a teenager I spent most evenings after school walking four miles into the hills of the Peak District to ride and train with a lady who was then, a long standing member of the Devils Horsemen trick riding display team. I performed as part of various trick riding display teams at events from county shows to village fetes.
I studied at Hartpury College for a BSc (Hons) in Equine Science. Whilst there, I also set out on the BHS qualification scheme.
From Andalusian performance stallions to Thoroughbred and Arabian racehorses, I have worked with and ridden in various styles, using many different training methods and believe there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to the education of our horses. Understanding, patience and lets not forget the enjoyment are the most important ingredients.
After University, I remained in the equine industry, working in research, at the Animal Health Trust (AHT), located just outside of Newmarket, Suffolk. I worked at the AHT for six years, and had work published in scientific journals in 2010 and 2011. During my time at the AHT I realised that my true vocation lay in the application of the knowledge that research provides, therefore I decided to study for an MSc in McTimoney Animal Manipulation, qualifying in 2010.
And that is how came to be where I am today, a McTimoney Animal Manipulator.
I am a member of the McTimoney Animal Association (MAA) who are responsible for setting professional standards, for maintaining a professional code of ethics, and ensuring all practitioners carry full indemnity insurance. As a MAA member I am also required to further my level of expertise by undertaking continuing professional development, so I attend courses and discussion groups in all spheres of equine health and development.
I still ride, mainly ex-racing Thoroughbreds. My partner and I, along with 8 horses, 3 lurchers and 2 cats live happily in the East Cambridgeshire countryside.