Above All Else Learning Must Be Fun
The Riding School
For all at Farmhill Riding School it is important that everyone enjoys their time with horses, which is one of the most rewarding experiences anyone can have. Our instructors keep this at the forefront of all their teaching, and with our indoor school even the bad weather we’re all used to can’t put a damper on things!
It’s great to see the nervous looks replaced by smiles as our beginners start to relax and trust their horse or pony, and to see their confidence grow as they progress through the lessons.
At Farmhill we have high hopes for all our pupils – with a background in High Performance Sport we can’t wait to see some of our pupils competing at high level!
The Riding School is available for children from 4 years old and up, and we also teach adults too! – you’re never too old to learn.
Horse riding has numerous benefits for those with Autism:
‘Riding horses is fun, and even people with severe autism can do well at riding. Horses calm riders with autism, allowing them to focus, think and accept training. The desire to ride also allows us to encourage positive behaviours and gently discourage negative behaviours.’
Meet the Team
Our Riding School Instructors
Andrew Ross has been working with horses since the age of 14. He began in his local riding school as a weekend helper before completing an NVQ and a British Horse Society stages 1 and 2 to enable Andrew to teach. Andrew then undertook a BSc in Equine Management which he passed with a first-class honour before heading off to Aberystwyth University in Wales where he obtained an MSc in Equine Science with merit. Whilst in Aberystwyth Andrew developed a passion for scientific research and presented findings from his own studies at two international conferences.
When Andrew returned home from university, he took a job in Tesco to simply pay the bills. Having been there for five years and becoming a manager it was then decided it was time to return to my primary passions of horses and teaching. In 2018 Andrew completed his BHS stage 2 (teach) and Stage 3 (riding, care and teach) to become a fully qualified and accredited professional coach.
Andrew plans to continue on up the BHS ladder and hope to undertake the next set of exams within the year. Andrew finds teaching to be both challenging and rewarding, getting a huge deal of satisfaction out of seeing people progress and develop in both ability and confidence.
Andrew has his own horse called Fudge who he has had for over 10 years and now competes with him at registered dressage at elementary level and his aim is to take him up to medium level towards the end of 2019. Dressage is Andrews favourite discipline as it tests control, accuracy as well as the riders position and efficiency, which are all abilities Andrew aims to instil in all his pupils.
Katie is from the Newtownabbey area and has always had a keen interest in horses.
Katie starting riding and participating in pony club from the age of 4, progressing through to bringing on and competing her own horse. Katie is currently working towards achieving her British Horse Society (BHS) stage 3 teach qualification, having already achieved up to stage 3 horse management and riding and stage 2 teach by the age of 18.
Currently Katie is studying for her BSc (Hons) in Equine Management. Also Katie has qualified for first aid qualification through the BHS and child safeguarding through pony club.