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Horsey Interviews - 2010 & earlier











2010 & ealier..

David FunnellDavid Funnell

How  to say, Goodbye.
In the old days it was straightforward and, maybe, crude and unthinking. Certainly, there was little emotion about it. A call to the nearest Hunt or to the local knackerman..

Zana Cousins and Karl GreenwoodZana Cousins and Karl Greenwood

Want to try something different from show-jumping ? Become a stunt rider.Learn how to ride bare-back, joust, make your horse rear up on his back legs.

Tony GreenTony Green

He's never had a riding lesson. He's never sat on, let alone ridden a horse. Yet today, he is one of the top Club-level carriage drivers in the whole of the South East.

Natalie DawsonNatalie Dawson

Natalie Dawson describes why she took up dressage last year and why she is determined to succeed in spite of all the setbacks

Kit KnottsKit Knotts

Researchers in Texas have achieved a cloning first with the successful delivery of a foal using egg cells, called oocytes, from a live mare.

Paula ClementsPaula Clements

It all started on a Monday evening with just 12 people in the front-room of her home in Lingfield, Surrey.

Liz Mitten RyanLiz Mitten Ryan

We are offering a new therapy that heals the therapist, the patient, and the animals assisting in the healing.

Sallie Anne LentSallie Anne Lent

No.  Polo is not for Toffs. No.  You don’t have to drink champagne, speak Spanish and wear expensive boots.....

Lynne ReardonLynne Reardon

Lynn Reardon is the founder and executive director of LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers (LOPE Texas), a nonprofit racehorse placement agency near Austin.

Bill Lomas EqDTPolly, the broodmare with a Parrot Mouth

It was Easter 2009 when I first met Polly, a 7 year old thoroughbred broodmare with a genetic dental disorder commonly known as Parrot Mouth.

Janet HeinJanet Hein

By profession an animal control officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health. On her own time, though, she devotes her waking hours to nurturing horses, along with dogs, at the farm where she resides.

CharlieCharlie - saved by an angel.

Horses are also sold every Tuesday at OLEX. What most people are not aware of, is that nearly all the horses that are brought to OLEX are bought by horse dealers, or kill buyers, who purchase them for slaughter.

Kaye Glendenning-JonesKaye Glendenning-Jones

Two things run in the veins of Kaye Glendenning-Jones - jewellery craftsmanship and horses. Luckily, earlier this year she found a way to combine both.

Dr Madeleine CampbellDr Madeleine Campbell

She first saw him through a dissecting microscope. He was just one-fifth the size of a pin-head. She delivered him when he was born.

Gabridella AtkinsonGabriella Atkinson

Behind a new multi-million pound equestrian training centre in the south east is tiny, dynamic, action-packed Canadian businesswoman, Gabriella Atkinson.

Denise DentDenise Dent

Is she the longest travelling weekend rider in the world? Over the last 18 months, she has travelled over 250000 miles to ride her horse, Charles Chequers Blue.

Barbara WigleyBarbara Wigley

They call her, Mrs Golden Horseshoe.
They also say you need lots of endurance to keep up with her.

Ross AlgarRoss Algar

From the age of four, Ross Algar wanted to ride. At 19-years-old he wanted to join the army. Having spent, as he says “12 glorious years” in the Army, he then wanted to become an instructor and an author.

Rebecca Slough Rebecca Slough

Rebecca Slough has recently launched her own brand, Equitility, to design and manufacture jump and training banners for everyone from the amateur enthusiast to riding clubs and even professional coaches.

Calico ColtCalico Colt

The two leggeds walked toward him. He wanted to jump up and dash away but he could not. Over the next few days he grew too tired to move at all.

Rupert IsaacsonRupert Isaacson

Rupert Isaacson believes riding has transformed his autistic son. Now he wants others to benefit from his experience.


Focus, a 6-year-old TB, was badly injured in a storm. He had a gaping hole in his chest, measuring a foot long and a foot wide, which continued through to his abdomen. Everyone rallied round to help him survive.

Alida StanderAlida Stander

Alida Stander has just started riding again.
She describes the aches and pains - and absolute joy of riding her Percheron, Big Chester

Anna TwinneyAnna Twinney - Ledger

Anna Twinney tells the unforgettable story of Ledger, a two-year-old chestnut colt. How he was struck by lightning. How she cradled his head in her arms. And how she communicated with him “on the other side"

Sara RossSara Ross

The Horse Refuge at Wittersham, Kent isn’t just a five star horse rescue and re-homing centre, it is also backed by no end of famous five –star show business stars and personalities.

Christy SheidyChristy Sheidy

Another Chance 4 Horses - Horse rescue network saves hundreds of horses from slaughter in one year

Alison RemmenAlison Remmen

Read the wonderful, inspiring story of Ali and her Ashdown Forest Group of Riding for the Disabled

Susan PohlmanSusan Pohlman

A horse needs Susan Pohlman's help.
Opening a metal pasture gate, Susan Pohlman walks across uneven, frozen mud toward a chestnut horse lying on its side, limbs taut.......

Anna TwinneyAnna Twinney - Remsky

Remsky could no longer leave the pasture without getting extremely upset, his entire body would shake, he could no longer be tied and he would pull back as though he had just seen a ghost!

Anna TwinneyAnna Twinney - Bouie

Bouie was a very talented, beautiful, four-year-old,  grey, Thoroughbred racehorse. Trouble was half-way through a race he would always slow down and whinny ......


Donna Howman tells us the story of Troy, who came into her life when her husband, Mark, asked her, “Do you want a honeymoon or do you want Troy?”

Martin DiggleMartin Diggle - Author

“I remember always liking horses. I would always run out and give the horse a carrot..”
Today, he is a best-selling equestrian author.

Hazel ReedHazel Reed - Author and Publisher

She has helped literally thousands of people all over the world pass their BHS Exams. Now she talks - about how she first started riding ....

Sam PennSam Penn - An Olympic hopeful

"Horses are my life. They always have been.  Literally from the moment I wake up until the moment I fall asleep....

Pembridge SymphonyPembridge Symphony - A Cleveland Bay

Pure-bred Cleveland Bay mare, Pembridge Symphony, is a rare breed in more ways than one.

Claire McCaffery-ClarkeClaire McCaffery-Clarke

BHS Development Officer for London and the South East, Claire McCaffery-Clarke  is prepared to tackle anything.

Ian Adams-LaneIan Adams-Lane

Ian Adams-Lane owes his business success to the fact that for 25-years he was walking around with a broken neck.

Mark ThompsonMark Thompson - Levade Systems

Today Levade Systems is one of the leading manufacturers of wooden stables, ancilliary  and garden buildings in the South-East

Linda ParelliLinda Parelli - on Dressage

AS Linda Parelli canters effortlessly around on her beloved horse Remmer, spectators look on, keen to find out more.

Charlotte Adams-LaneCharlotte Adams-Lane

Charlotte is one of the top three elite double-harness scurry drivers in the country. Thanks to Princess Michael

Tina CookTina Cook

“All part of the day’s work,” says Tina Cook, daughter of the famous four times champion jockey and trainer, Josh Gifford,

Tracey Elliot-ReepTracey Elliot-Reep

From Mexico to Canada. Tracey's 3,000 mile hack.

Charlotte PackhamCharlotte Packham

Horsey girl, Charlotte Packham, has decided to have another go at winning the title, the most prestigious beauty pagent in the country.

Tamsin PickeralTamsin Pickeral

Tamsin talks about her life and horses as well as her latest book,  Budget Horse and Pony Care

Dane RawlinsDane Rawlins

Nobody can deny that he has done more than anyone to turn the once staid, boring, middle-aged world of dressage, into one of the most popular, fastest-growing sports in the country.

Caroline & HannahMet Riding Club - Caroline & Hannah

Both are in the Metropolitan Police Service. Both are police constables in the Territorial Support Group, which is responsible for policing and controlling public demonstrations.

Dick FrancisDick Francis

When champion jockey Dick Francis turned his hand from horses to writing bestselling thrillers, he enlisted the help of his family – and now his son Felix is co-author.

Christine YeomanChristine Yeoman

Ten years ago Christine Yeoman was told she had multiple sclerosis. It changed her life completely. She decided to take up Endurance riding.

Lord OakseyLord Oaksey

The leading amateur rider of his era. A jump jockey with over 200 winners to his name. Everyone’s favourite loser of the Grand National. And all round thoroughly good egg.

Marlene DaveyMarlene Davey

"Whatever people say, it is an emotional business. You do it for love. Sometimes it’s thrilling." Marlene Davey is one of the leading pony breeders and producers in the country.

Colin GreenMargaret and Colin Green

Colin and Margaret Green have been breeding Cleveland Bays for over 30-years. This is their personal story

Ron and Debbie ThomasRon and Debbie Thomas

They have produced and supplied over 70 winners – Lead rein, Hunter, Show and Intermediate - at both the Horse of the Year Show and the Royal International Horse Show ..............

Rae TurnerRae Turner

Meet Rae Turner. She’s the model being featured in the new British Horse Society road safety poster.

Claire and Luke Tomlinson Claire and Luke Tomlinson

The former No 1 British female polo player, 65, and her son, 32, captain of the England polo team

Carl HesterCarl Hester

The Olympic rider and winner of 44 national dressage titles encouarges everyone to get back on that horse.

Lee PearsonLee Pearson

A day in the life of one of Britain’s most talented dressage riders? From the Weakest Link to the star studded Butterfly Ball there is never a dull moment in sight.

Anne Wilson and Susan McBaneAnne Wilson & Susan McBane

Talk to Anne Wilson and Susan McBane about the standard of riding today, the approach, the style and the effect on the horse and, in some cases, it practically reduces them to tears......

Julianne Aston & MintyJulianne Aston & Minty

In 1993 Julianne Aston, finally decided she had had enough of being refused entry to competitions with Minty, a 40- year-old veteran Irish Draught cross just because of his age.......

Sylvia LochSylvia Loch

Sylvia Loch talks to about her childhood with ponies, her time in Portugal, her writing career as well as her hopes and ambitions for the art of dressage.

Isabell WerthIsabell Werth

Isabell Werth has the unique honour of having represented Germany at four Olympic Games, and won team and individual medals at each.

Meredith Michaels-BeerbaumMeredith Michaels-Beerbaum

As the first female jumper to be ranked world number one (2005), Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum is a reference for women jumpers everywhere.

Rodrigo Pessoa Rodrigo Pessoa

Brazilian, Olympic jumping champion, considered to be one of the most remarkable riders of his generation.

Zara PhillipsZara Phillips

After a very successful career in the Young Riders, she has more than lived up to expectations

Pippa FunnellPippa Funnell

Pippa, the first woman to ever be ranked number-one in eventing and the first rider to have won the 2003 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing

Heather HoffmanHeather Hoffman

Heather works as BHS Ireland's 'Off Road Horse Riding Development Officer'.

Helen KerryHelen Kerry

Road safety officer's wife talk about having two famous horses...

Andrew GouldAndrew Gould

Andrew Gould first hit the headlines as a young rider team medallist, then followed this early success with multiple national titles as his horses progresses. Today he is possibly better known as Katie Price’s dressage trainer.

David KerryDavid Kerry

There is probably no greater advocate of high visibility clothing for horses and riders in the country than David Kerry.

Katie PriceKatie Price

Our Katie talks to The Times about life, horses, being a surgically-enhanced glamour model, horses, falling in love with washed-up pop singer, Peter Andre, horses, Harvey, her son, horses ...

Becky SampsonBecky Sampson

Becky Sampson and Bertie’s Quest are going for a hack. Not just an ordinary hack. They are planning to ride all the way from London to Tokyo.

LucyThompsonLucy Thompson

Before every event she would lay her riding clothes out neatly, in the same order and sing at the top of her voice powerful motivational songs while she got dressed.

Michael PeaceMichael Peace

He talks about his Think Equus philosophy, his non-horsey background and why he is happy to be known as the man down the road who can fix horses.

Molly the PonyMolly the Pony, & Riley the Mare.

Horses can and do survive on three legs. Most will survive amputation surgery.

Andrew ReillyAndrew Reilly

A Reilly good saddler. The serious saddler, who is always making people laugh, has just designed and produced his own brand new, unique - Patents pending -
Omniflex saddle.

Avril RobertsAvril Roberts

She used to keep her pony in the garage behind the family Daimler. Now she is devoted to finding the dream horse for riders all over the South East.

Mark WallingerMark Wallinger

Meet the man behind the monumental white horse sculpture poised to grace the Kentish skyline.

Renee & ChollaCholla

Meet Cholla. The horse that paints.

Bruce LoganBruce Logan

“I would like to teach the world to ride horses the way horses want to be ridden...”

Anna TwinneyAnna Twinney

Reiki - the most popular healing art in the world, says Anna Twinney.

Rupert Isaacson & son RowanRupert Isaacson

The horse that saved my son: Little Rowan's life was devastated by autism - but he found hope in the most unlikely and inspiring way

Danielle HayJane Kendal

She's worked so long and so hard to help so many people in the horsey world - Meet the non-stop Jane Kendall

Danielle HayDanielle Hay

Eventer. Bare-foot ski-ing champion. Air hostess. Disneyland horse handler. Soldier. Advanced diver. Bare-foot farrier....... Meet Danielle Hay.

Julie BroyartJulie Broyart

Julie Broyart is from Pondaurat in the Gironde in France.

Leonard WhiteLeonard White

A living legend, Actor. Director. Producer. The unknown genius of British television drama who says he owes it all to horses.

Roland ClarkeRoland Clarke

The Eventing writer whose life was one major event after another.

Bobby Craig - FarrierBobby Craig

Meet the farrier to the Queen. She also gave him toffees.

Simon ViewegSimon Vieweg

Everyone is unique. But there are not many people in the world as unique as Simon Vieweg.

Louise Bonsall Louise Bonsall

From WAG to Horse Lover. Louise Bonsall, wife of footballer, Michael Owen, tells how she is now devoted to rescuing horses


I first started riding when I was three-years-old. My mother had a horse and I used to go with her to the stables......

Jack's Owner FionaJousting - Geoff Funnell

Geoff Funnell decided to ride because he wanted to take up jousting.......

Pauline Grant - Sussex Horse RescuePauline Grant - Sussex Horse Rescue Trust

Pauline, who was born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, couldn’t have grown up in a more horsey environment..

Jack's Owner FionaJack & Fiona McOuat

He is Jack, an 18-year-old Welsh Section C, and probably the most adaptable and versatile pony in the world.....

Linda Smith - Something DifferentLinda Smith

Hi. I'm Linda Smith. I started Something Different.

Michelle CoggerMichelle Cogger

Hi. I’m Michelle. I helped design  Metal Mickey.

Gay BiddlecombeGay Biddlecombe

I used to ride and keep my own horses (as well as a couple of donkeys!) but then I injured my back......

Oliver TownsendOliver Townsend

Oliver Townend has just won the most valuable eventing prize ever.

Anthony KnottAnthony Knott

Anthony Knott has just won his first race for – Wait for it – 28 years. A dairy farmer and jockey, his momentous triumph came at Wincanton.

SamThomasSam Thomas

Sam Thomas, number-one jockey at Paul Nicholls stable, has just taken over from Ruby Walsh .......

Debra MeadenDebra Meaden

She is no longer just a Dragon. She is now a horsey supporter of inner-city riding ....

Jeff NewnhamJeff Newnham

In 20 - 30 years time most horses will be going barefoot. Who says so? A farrier .......

Joanna PriceJoanna Price

If there is one outstanding theme running through Joanna Price's life, it is horse welfare ..........

George MikellGeorge Mikell

As both a serious dramatic actor and famous international film star, George Mikell has appeared alongside most Hollywood legends

Mick RobinsonMick Robinson

"I've never ridden a horse in my life let alone even sat on one, but photographing them is always a thrill

Julia and Bob Streeter _ Polegate SaddleryJulia & Bob Streeter

Polegate Saddlery is 25 years young this year. Julia and Bob Streeter along with Julia's father took the shop over in 1983 .....

Lynn Kinnish - An unsuspecting MumLynn Kinnish  - An Unsuspecting Mum

From the age of three her daugher Liz was horse mad. Lynn was quite unprepared for this .......

Ben CasserlyBen Casserly  - Local Farrier

Locally based Blackboys, Uckfield farrier, Ben Casserly, and Ricky Hilton just won team gold .........

Eloise KennettEloise Kennett -

I'm Eloise Kennett, I'm 23, just got my Heavy Goods Vehicle driving licence ......

OllieOllie & Peter

Lynn has just achieved her best score ever with her new British Riding Pony, Ninfield Dick Whittington, better known as Boots .....


I'm currently studying Animal Biology at The university of Gloucestershire .....


I have run my own Livery Yard in Jevington, East Sussex for approx. 15 years ......


I returned to riding after a five year gap due to a back injury. I began with occasional hacking .......


I would like to think I am experienced but find sites like this very helpful ......











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