I am Tim Ancrum and one of those people who are puzzled when somebody asks them where they are from. I have lived in so many different places I do not belong anywhere but many places have had a great influence on my life and have brought me to the place where I am today.
I have always worked with animals in a variety of capacities, managing wildlife and livestock because I believe in the fundamental importance of the relationship to animals of human beings. I have come to working with horses relatively late in life, having been preoccupied with many other outdoor activities such as sailing, windsurfing, skiing, hunting and fishing for many years as well as a long career working as Estate Manager for the Clan Donald Lands Trust on the remote Isle of Skye.
Since 2002 I have been preoccupied with the heavy horses and particularly the Clydesdale, which has become a passion for me as its rewards are unending. There is so much to learn with horses, one lifetime would not be enough.
I love my job; when I get up I think horses, I look after them, I ride them. Coupled with this I am an adventurer and in our business, we are putting the two things together. This makes me very happy!!
I am Aileen Ware I came to work with Tim and the Clydesdales in 2012 after a 3 day ride. There is something about these horses that makes you want to be with them, and so I am with them lots and lots. It is hard work at times and long hours, but anyone who loves horses knows that is how life is, and the rewards are endless.
I gained my ride leader qualification at the Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland which gives me the confidence to take people out riding. I love to see people’s faces when they ride the horses and nearly always are amazed at what they can do. I am immensely proud of them all. All the horses belong to Tim and I but Allan (Big Al) is really, really my horse.
I – that is Becky Kennen – have been into horses and riding since I could stand up. Our mother kept horses and I caught the bug. We have a very long history of horses in our family, both in England and Australia.
There was only one career for me and when I left school at seventeen, I went straight to work in a lively equestrian establishment. It was hard work for not much pay but horses are a passion, especially fast horses.
In the mid 1980s’ I moved down to Devon and started a business as a freelance trainer and rider, competing in eventing. I met my husband, Phil, whilst in Devon and we moved on down to Cornwall where I settled down to training point to pointers and raising children.
I’ve had a lot of success with the horses!! These days I do a good deal of teaching; working with children and adults who want to improve their riding skills and their horses. I have also been chief instructor for N.Cornwall pony club on and off for about fifteen years.
I really enjoy passing on the things I have learnt. It’s satisfying to see people improving and enjoying themselves as they go.
The Bradford Family
A very special thank you to the Bradford family for welcoming Adventure Clydesdale at Brimpts farm and a wonderful new start.
I am Erica Hurst (Aileen’s daughter) You will often see me at events supporting and promoting Adventure Clydesdale.
You might also see me at the yard for the occasional ride. I am a qualified veterinary nurse so I am sometimes called upon for advice.
I am incredibly proud of Tim and Aileen’s venture and thrilled to be a part of it.