I am a Chartered Physiotherapist and Hippotherapist and am a member of ACPTR (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Therapeutic Riding). After qualifying, and doing the two year rotations, I worked for the Hong Kong Government for two and a half years gaining experience in treating congenital deformities in babies and toddlers and specialising in hydrotherapy.When I returned to the UK I worked as a Senior Physiotherapist at a London hospital before starting my Private Practice and then going on to form ‘Aquabats’(tm)-Ante and PostNatal exercise classes in water, gaining my ASA teachers diploma so I could include baby swim classes.
I had a break to pursue my second career as an animal portrait artist, doing commissions, specialising in horse portraits of course. During this time I worked in a hunt yard for 14 years gaining much horse experience as well as owning and breeding my own horses.
When we moved to Cornwall I became involved with the North Cornwall Riding for the Disabled (a very active and busy RDA group) as a volunteer and served on the committee. I am very grateful to Becky Monk and Mark Cunliffe at Lakefield Equestrian Centre for helping and allowing me to use their ponies and facilities to do my Hippotherapy training.
We moved to Hampshire 3 years ago and when I got in touch with Broadlands RDA group I was made to feel very welcome and my thanks go to Geraldine Walker for all her help and to Suzanne Stratford, proprietor of Broadlands for giving me the opportunity to practice Hippotherapy at Broadlands. I set up Hipponi Hippotherapy group in 2013 as a not for profit concern to help local disabled children up to the age of five. Parents will make a donation which goes towards Pepsi’s upkeep and equipment for the children.