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.
I am Jackie Bennetts and I was hooked on riding Clydesdales on Dartmoor from my first day-ride on Ecco back in 2016. I have been working with Adventure Clydesdale since July 2018.
I learnt to ride as a child in Cornwall, but the riding bug really took hold on our annual family holidays to a small hill farm in Wales where I would spend as many days as possible at the local trekking centre. It was there, in the heart of the Cambrian mountains while spotting Red Kites and avoiding the very low flying jet aircraft, that I fell in love with trail riding.
On leaving school I took a break from riding and ‘ran away to sea’, to work as a sailing instructor- the navigational skills are really useful when I’m leading rides on Dartmoor in the fog! Years later, a stint at Uni was followed by ten years working for a youth charity in Plymouth before moving to Hampshire to work for the Royal Yachting Association.
Throughout my life Dartmoor has been a special place for me, spending many days walking the dogs, paragliding and riding here, and I was always keen to come back to the West Country.
Having returned to riding in 2010, the opportunity to combine my passion for Dartmoor with my love of the Clydesdales in my work here with Tim and Aileen was not to be missed. I am hugely fortunate to work with these amazing horses on Dartmoor and I enjoy being able to share this with our customers.
I’m Anna and I am delighted to be part of the team at Adventure Clydesdale. I started riding here in 2014, and since 2017 I’ve been a more regular fixture helping out in my spare time behind the scenes, front of house, and now taking out rides at weekends. Working with Tim and Aileen has taught me so much about looking after the BFG’s, they have so much knowledge between them and are very happy to share it which means I’m learning all the time from them. Their love and care for their horse’s shines through everything they do, the boys come first every time! I can honestly say that I love each and every one of the BFG’s, they’ve all got their ways and quirks, and are truly a pleasure to be around. These boys are the meaning of wellbeing for me, and any time spent with them is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a feeling of joy in your heart.
I’m Jacque, I first met Tim & Aileen & their wonderful horses back in 2016 when I decided to treat myself to a ride for my birthday! To be honest I thought I would enjoy the ride, tick the box & look back on it with fond memories. But I couldn’t have been more wrong, I fell in love with horses on sight and Tim & Aileen made me feel very welcome.
I started riding as often as I could and was able to help with the horses after the ride which was the icing on the cake for me. I love every moment I spend at the yard and feel very privileged to be able to help care for these magnificent horses.
They truly are BIG FRIENDLY GIANTS!
I have been passionate about horses all of my life and began riding from the age of 8. I finally owned my own horse (after selling my car to buy her) at the age of 30. Unfortunately poor breeding had passed on a condition called osteochondrosis as a yearling. This is a condition where the joints don’t form properly and crumble so she needed surgery and lots of TLC. This unfortunate event led me on a fantastic journey of discovery into natural horsemanship and Pat Parelli.
At the age of 38 I relocated to Australia taking my family and my horse with me. I worked at a Trail Riding Centre and discovered a whole different way of riding and encountered some amazing horses along the way.
Adventure Clydesdale was recommended to me by a local farrier who spoke very highly of Tim and the horses. I visited and found everyone so friendly and welcoming and instantly fell in love with the gorgeous BFGs that I couldn’t keep away. They are all absolutely fantastic horses with great personalities and so friendly. Tim and Aileen look after each horse with such passion. I absolutely love spending time with the whole team – horses – people – dogs, what a great family.