Frank and Kirsty head up the family - but it's a real family affair at the stable: "We have 4 boys, who are all quite different in personality, but they share our passion for Icelandic horses. Our eldest son Sandy, is keen to develop his passion for sport riding of the Icelandic horse. Having finished his high school education in 2014, he has spent time since the summer of '14 working at home, 'down south', Sweden, The Netherlands, Iceland and is now beginning his further education at Holar University in Iceland. Sandy has represented Great Britain at international youth competition and at 3 World Championships for Icelandic horses as a young rider.
Aidan is son No. 2 - also a keen competitor - with many GB 'Youth' titles, he has also represented Great Britain as a young rider at World Championships in 2017. He has a "need for speed" and a real passion for pace!
Cory is No.3 - with a handful of GB youth titles under his belt, GB rankings and his international debut at FEIF Youth Cup in 2016, Cory now focuses on his other passion - rugby! Proving that he is just as competitive at that as he was at riding competition!
The youngest, Magnus, becoming the youngest ever British Youth Champion in 2014!!
Andrew (Frank to his friends!) is a qualified icelandic horse trainer and spends most of his time starting young horses in our stable, helping others with their horses in our stable or putting shoes on horses! Kirsty enjoys assisting with the training and helping others with their own horses out and about as well as keeping the rest of the team in place!!
Owning and riding horses is a way of life - a family affair for us and we enjoy many hours in the stable as a family. As our children grow they become more involved in stable life and are a real asset to our team!
We started out with Icelandic horses as a business in 1995, where we ran a successful trail riding company in the West Highlands of Scotland. We used only Icelandic horses and offered people the opportunity to discover the remote West Highlands of Scotland on horse back from 3 day tours to 6 day tours on these sturdy little horses. Accessing areas of real remote, that no other horse dared! This was a wonderful, but remote, way of life and we made many friends along the way both from Britain and much further afield.
Over the years, Andrew's interest in the development of the gaits and breeding horses started to grow, and he spend the next few years working out in Iceland at periods over the winter months, until he gained his FT status in 2000. We started concentrating more on training horses and developing a breeding programme, when we bought our first stallion from Iceland in 2002. It soon became apparent that with our growing family and less activity in the riding tours, that no longer was the remote location of our home in the West Highlands a necessity. Our eldest child was at school and the next one due to start and the more active they became socially, the more our remoteness became an issue. So we were to be on the move....
...We had been involved with riding courses etc at Etal in Northumberland in the past, and the opportunity arose to move our business South in 2004. The rest they say is history!"