We have over
40 horses each with their own character and carefully selected to work in the school.
Click the thumbnails below to meet our horses or use the arrows to the side of the picture. Place your mouse on the image to learn more about the individual characters.
17.3hh Bay Mare Anglo Dutch Warmblood "I'm Nechta, a bay mare, I'm am the biggest horse at Kingsmead. I LOVE my lessons with Chris although he does make me work hard! I also lead many of the hacks, which must make me very important. I also love jumping although I don't work in the riding school!" Please come and say hello!
17hh Flea-bitten Grey Gelding "I am owned by Patricia who works in the office and I am on working livery at Kingsmead. I am really good and help new riders get started. I am patient and really responsive."
16.2 Grey Mare 2003 Irish Draught It took me a while to adjust to life at Kingsmead, as I used to be a show jumper! However I have found that I like teaching people to ride and jump. I am quite impatient in my stable (you will often hear me kicking my door when I want my food).
16.2hh bay gelding Oldenburg "I am owned by Diamond although work here. I used to be a dressage horse in Germany, then did a bit of eventing although I much prefer being a KIngsmead horse! I can teach you a lot about riding."
Miles (The Milestone Man)
16hh Dun Gelding Irish Draught "I am told I am very handsome! I am not a novice ride as I can worry a bit however once you know me you will realise I am really kind and want to do my best. I can get a bit stiff in cold weather so have a full wardrobe of rugs for winter!"
16hh Bay Mare Irish Sports Horse Co Owned "I think I am the most important horse on the yard (but not everyone agrees) however I am definitely the prettiest. I am very talented when I want to be and will jump for fun. I can be a little grumpy in my stable, you can ask a member of staff how it is best to approach me!"
Turbo (Lightning Jack) 2008
15.2hh Blagdon Bay Gelding Irish Cob "I have been told they need ten of me here! I am a very good boy and love helping people learn to ride. I am friendly and loveable and always try my hardest in the school. I am learning to jump and think I am getting quite good. I was Kingsmead Horse of the Year in 2017."
Barney (Tiloak Barney)
Grey Gelding 2011 "People say I am very kind and gentle in my stable although I can be a bit more challenging when ridden, just ask about me and corners in the school! When I was born I was a chestnut colour and even more unusual I have a twin brother (it is a shame he is not here at Kingsmead!)"
15.2hh Black Mare - Irish Cob "As my names suggest I am a gentle quiet horse although I do have an opinion about how I should be ridden! Riders have to work out how to get the best from me ( I dont really like being told what to do. I am ridden in a bitless bridle and I am Fiona's favourite hack lead."
Robbie (Clogheen Roberto)
Piebald Gelding 2007 "I am one of the bigger and most reliable horses at Kingsmead! I love to teach people to canter and I think it is a compliment when people say I am like an armchair. I was Kingsmead Horse of the Year in 2018!"
15.1hh piebald gelding "I like being in the riding school where I teach riders of all standards. I am excellent with nervous or disabled riders on the lane although like riders with soft hands in the school. On the yard I like to keep myself to myself, I like to stand in my stable and watch what is happening on the yard!".
15hh piebald cob " I am a a big solid cob and ideal for our RDA work as nothing bothers me and I am very steady. " I am co-owned by Diamond
Rohan (Creagh Boscoe)
15 hh Grey Gelding "I have come all the way from Ireland and really quite like life at Kingsmead. I have been told that I am quite talented but then I seem to get my legs in a muddle and get it all wrong. I am very cheeky and have a wicked sense of humour. I enjoy hacking and lessons".
15 hh piebald gelding "I am the bosses horse (and dont I know it!) I love to our weekly lessons and will show of what I have learnt in the group lessons! Out hacking I am voice controlled which is OK for me and my mum but other people don't always know the right noises! I will do a few lessons, especially if anyone wants to learn walk to canter".
Skye (Lilly Ann III)
15hh Blue & White Mare 2009 Connemara x cob "I think I am rather special as I am Chloe's pony. I try really hard to do the things she asks me to do and she loves me for being a good girl. My best friend is Warrior, we call to each other when the other one is working which is cute."
Puzzle (Kingsmead Puzzle Solved)2012
15hh Piebald Gelding - Irish Cob "I came from Ireland and somewhere along the line I became very suspicious of people. The family have given me time to feel safe and I have rewarded their patience by turning into a lovely riding school cob. I am so keen to learn and always try my best."
You can call me 'P'. I am on loan to Kingsmead. I wasn't ready to retire so my owner offered me to Kingsmead where I could keep busy and be with lots of friends. I enjoy lessons and like to say hello to other horses and people!"
Badger (Ashhill Duncan) 2007
14hh Dun and White gelding Connemara cross "I am a very clever pony and will only work hard if you ask me to! I can jump quite high and enjoy hacking although I sometimes pretend I am scared (I am only messing around!) If you take my cross country I will show you how brave I am, I love jumping big hedges".
Oki Doki (Old Oak Beauty) 2007
14.2hh Grey Gelding Connemara X "I can be rather moody, I do apologise, I just get carried away and think I need to boss everyone around. I have quite a complicated story to tell. I find it all rather stressful but Fiona can tell you more."
Billy (Seafrun) 2007
14hh Grey Gelding Connemara "I enjoy my work and am a really good riding school pony. I can do lessons, hack and I love to jump. I am told I need to stand up for myself in the field as I do get bitten by the other horses but that just shows I am a nice person!"
Piebald Gelding 2011 I am a very good boy (or so I am told by the boss); I do what is asked of me without complaining and always work hard. If you get close you will notice I have a bald patch on my quarters this is where I was burnt before I came to Kingsmead. It might get smaller although it is a permanent scar."
14.2 Bay Gelding Irish Cob "I like being at Kingsmead and teaching people how to ride. I also enjoy learning new things and I am told that I am a very kind boy, gentle natured boy who tries his best!"
14 hh bay gelding "I am on loan from Free Rein Rescue, I had a difficult start in life although feel happy here at Kingsmead. I LOVE hacking and am looking forward to doing more. We leave in a small herd, we were all a bit shy or unsettled in other herds but have formed great friendships."
14.2hh Bay Mare New Forest X "I am a very pretty pony with a lovely long mane and tail; I do worry a little so am only used for experienced riders. I really enjoy hacking and have no trouble keeping up with all the big horses!" Privately Owned
14 hh Grey Gelding "Look at me, you must admit I look cute! Before I came to Kingsmead I was very frightened of people and it took me 5 hours to be caught; then it was three weeks before I would let Fiona touch my head. She was very patient with me and taught me I could trust people. Now I just want to play and have cuddles. I have been given time and I am just about ready to work in the school".
Bay Gelding 2008 "I love living out in the fields with my best friend Badger. We play fight a lot of the time and I really enjoy it! I am getting better when I am ridden and will really look after you out hacking. My favourite thing is cross country when I can be bold and clever!"
Eddie (Ballyhyland Eddie) 2008
14 hh Brown Irish Cob "I am a real softy at heart but prefer to be on my own; when I first came to Kingsmead I was a little unsure about what I had to do however now I like riding school life. People love me because I always give my best and I am known as steady Eddie!"
13.3hh Black gelding Fell Pony "Despite my name I really am not terrible; I am a lovable pony who will try very hard for his rider although sometimes I do get left behind the ride. I am always mentioned when people do their Native Breeds Pony Club badge as I a a pure bred fell pony. I love being in the fields with my small herd."
14hh Piebald Gelding "Along with Millie and Nechta I have been at KEC the longest. You cannot take my for granted as I can be very cheeky although I know when to be good (especially if Chris is around - I was Chris's first pony so we do have a pact!)"
13.2hh grey mare "I am on loan from Free Rein. Being in a riding school is very different from my family home
Titchy Too 1997
13.1hh Chestnut Mare "You can call me Titchy. I am used a lot on lead reins and for our disabled riders, I go quite quickly but work hard to keep my riders balanced and I am very forgiving if they make a mistake. I have been told I get a bit excited in group lessons and will whizz around too quickly- I think this is fun but the leaders dont!"
Apples (aka Brambles) 1999
12.3 Strawberry Roan Mare - Native Pony "I moved from another riding school which was a bit scary as I had been there a long time. I really like and know my job and enjoy teaching young people to ride. I like apples!"
12.3hh Piebald Mare "I am best friends with Haribo and we look alike too! I do a lot of the children's lessons and also enjoy hacking. I love riding school life!"
12.2hh Bay Mare New Forest X "I do like to think I'm a little princess! I have a bit of an attitude but everyone thinks I'm cute so I like to think I get away with it. When I am good I am very good, but I will remind people you can never take a girl for granted!"
12.2hh piebald gelding "I am the yard sweetie; children always smile when they are told they are riding me. I can do pretty much everything and give all our riders a lot of confidence. Fiona says she would like to clone me - I think that is a compliment!"
Roscoe (Rianwyn Piper) 2012
11.3 hh Bay Roan Gelding "I am a bit cheeky and you will have to work out how I like to be asked to walk and trot! I am very safe for our RDA riders and love fuss and attention. I change colour from summer to winter".
13 hh Black Mare Fell X Pony "I like doing the lessons and love the land and doing hacks. I am very strong so can carry small adults and children. I used to be driven in a cart and might get to do that again one day".
11hh Black Dartmoor Pony "I am on loan from Free Rein Rescue; I was a little cheeky when I first arrived however I have learnt to enjoy taking lead reins. Little children love me!"
8hh Miniature x Shetland "I love being one of the smallest ponies on the yard, I am a little cheeky although very friendly. If I can I will get out at night so I can go and talk to the other horses. Nechta looks down on me but I think she is a little scared!"
Ollie (Parksschool Scrapesboy) 2006
13.3hh Chestnut Gelding New Forest Pony RETIRED - although still owned by the Kingsmead Family