Our Staff


Danielle Mckinnon

Founding Director, Head Instructor, Yard Manager

Danielle is an accredited professional coach with the BHS and has years of experience working, riding and training young, private clients’ and competition horses, Danielle specialises in behavioral cases, rehabilitation and tricky rides. She has ridden for over 20 years on a variety of horses in a range of different disciplines.



Elliot Murphy

Yard Maintenance and Handyman

Elliot is responsible for the smooth running of the yard, equipment and facilities as well as being a great asset to the team in general. Elliot is always happy to help whether it’s the 2 legged or 4 legged kind. Elliot is a fully qualified First Aider and is working towards his entry level into the armed forces.


Louisa Lucas

Rider and Part Time Instructor, Qualified First Aider

Louisa is also a qualified lifeguard and has many years’ experience working freelance as a rider as well as dealing with lots of children and young adults. Louisa hold her BHS Ride safe Qualification .


Laura Thomson

Yard worker / Administrator

Laura used to volunteer for the RDA in Hong Kong, she is amazing with the children and ensuring the smooth running off the yard. Laura is at her best with a clipboard and is integral in making adventures and days out happen for our youngsters.


Steph Gilmartin

Administrator/Communications assistant/Health and safety co-ordinator

Steph started out of as just one of the parent volunteers on the yard and has since taken up a new role with us. You’ll see her on the yard, organising training, co-ordinating events, making sure we’re all safe. What doesn’t she do? Well she says she doesn’t like horses but we’re slowly changing that.

Alex Penley-Martin

Trainee instructor/Rider – qualified first aider

Alex hails all the way from Lunga in Argyle and Bute and is aiming to complete her SVQ with us. She has a Level 5 in Equine behavioural studied and a BTech Level 2 as an Equine Nursing technician.


Fiona Jarvie

Yard worker/ ABRS assessor

Fiona was a BHSAI and NPS Stud groom and was a group instructor with RDA for many years. She enjoyed helping riders of all abilities to have fun on their ponies and improve their knowledge on all aspects of riding and horse care. She is an assessor with the association of British Riding Schools so can help riders work through ABRS rosette awards. Her favourite horse at Eat Sleep ride is Shemay, an ex-racehorse who raced (unsuccessfully) 22 times.