Meet the members of The Adventures of Huckleberry Pie
The one and only HP pony. He is the inspiration behind this page and as well as helping me achieve my goals he is now helping others find the motivation to achieve theirs. Here's his story.
I don't know much about his beginnings and despite me trying to do some history hunting, my leads have all led to dead ends. What I do know though is that he was plucked out of a field of unbroken youngsters on the hills in cumbria and began his training with a lovely family. In June 2014 I came across an advert online and it was the only one I kept going back to for a look. I decided to heck with it, I was going to contact the owner......but......He was sold!! Ooohhh noo. I asked if anything changed could they let me know and a week later I had a message to say he was back on the market. One problem though, I was working in Dubai at the time. I eventually managed to persuade the owner to let me put a deposit on him and keep him till I returned. I landed early morning and by lunchtime he was in our trailer and on his way home. Then as they say......the rest is history!
At only 8 years old Pie has done so much with his career being successful on the showing circuit winning the performance awards at CHAPS national championships in 2016, to representing our local riding club 2 years running at Area Qualifiers and now more recently progressing through the levels of affiliated dressage with a few wins along the way. Stay tuned, there is so much more to come from this little cob.
I developed my obsession for horses at a young age. As my parents couldn't afford regular riding lessons, I instead spent every waking moment volunteering at the local riding school, and if I wasn't running round ponies on the lead rein for lessons I was mucking out stables or cleaning tack......anything horsey I could get my hands on.
A couple of years later my parents allowed me to take on a rescued Dartmoor from a near by sanctuary and even though she was too small for me to ride, having a pony of my own was an absolute dream come true. I think they quickly realised it wasn't just a phase I was going through and they had no choice but to find me a ridden pony as well.
Since these humble beginnings I have dedicated my life to horses. I have achieved numerous qualifications including my teaching exams and have worked across the globe in multiple disciplines all with one goal in mind....to help and inspire likeminded equestrians like me to achieve the best they can.
I am now lucky enough to own two fabulous horses with personalities at total opposite ends of the scale. And I hope that the materials that i publish across our website and social media can help people around the world increase there knowledge and develop a better understanding of the equine world.
Colour Me Crazy
There are some horses in this world that not only capture your eye, they also capture your soul. In October 2007 my mum and I were attending a horse sales in Yorkshire for a nosy, as you do. On walking down the lines of horses in pens was this little spotted horse looking like she had been through the wars and was rather depressed. Without much prompting my mum was making phone calls to get the cash together to bring her home to Scotland. It turned out Cheyenne (as her passport stated) had come over from France with a group of other horses, after being picked up by a dealer from the slaughter house. That's right this magnificent creature was hours away from being on someone's dinner plate.
As the years have ticked by there have been multiple times I could have marched her to the abattoir myself! This little horse has to be one of the most sharp, stubborn and opinionated animal I have ever met. Yes seriously! However after coming to a mutual agreement (in probably year 3 of ownership) she became unbeatable against the clock at low level show jumping, endurance riding and games.
At the grand old age of 20, Cheyenne has now been semi retired for the last few years after developing mild arthritis and spends most of her time swanning around like lady muck bossing all the youngsters about . Theirs still life in the old girl yet!
We are also lucky enough to be supported by a great crowd of people including my parents who have always supported me in any way they could, some close friends who give moral support and are handy on the end of a camera, our amazing sponsors who supply us with some top quality products and help to boost our profile and of course you amazing loyal followers who give us a reason to keep posting and are sharing our journey every step of the way.