PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER HORSEBACK UK
Born in Dunfermline Scotland in 1962 Jock’s schooling at Dollar Academy was unremarkable except for his love of horses and a year’s exchange to North Carolina at the age of sixteen, through the Rotary club of Dunfermline. This experience introduced Jock to western riding and working horses which profoundly affected the way he has worked with horses ever since.
After school and a traveling break Jock joined the Royal Marines as a Commando and a Commissioned Officer. Within the service he deployed all over the world until being selected to be a helicopter pilot which he then did for The Army, Royal Navy and Royal Marines.
After his military career Jock qualified as a commercial pilot and then went on to set up his own business in developing security strategies for blue chip clients which he ran for the next ten years.
CEO and Co-Founder, HorseBack UK
Emma Hutchison has owned and worked with horses from a young age and has competed in dressage, show jumping and eventing. After leaving school, she worked in an eventing and hunt yard whilst studying to become an assistant riding instructor. Following college, extensive travel and working in London Emma joined Sussex Police as a constable where she served for 6 years.
Fifteen years ago Emma discovered western riding and the ethos behind this style of horsemanship. She also developed an interest in how horses can help people learn and subsequently improve aspects about themselves. This led to co-founding the Charity HorseBack UK with her husband Jock and the subsequent work with many different client groups.
Emma has more recently formed, alongside many of the UK Equestrian organisations, the Equine Assisted Activities Forum which aims to introduce standards and governance to this industry.
As well as delivering the horsemanship side of the courses Emma is very much involved in all aspects of running the charity including designing the new SQA qualification. She is a British Equestrian Federation Level 2 UKCC Coach in Western Riding.
Jay studied engineering before entering the British Forces joining the Royal Marines Commandos. He served for over 14 years in the Royal Marines and was medically discharged in late 2014 due to life changing injuries.
Jay has deployed on many operations globally and led men in some of the world’s most stressful and hazardous environments, including a tour of Northern Ireland and three tours of Afghanistan. During these tours he was injured twice, once by a suicide bomber and secondly by standing on an IED. Jay lost his left leg below knee, digits to his right hand, suffered extensive shrapnel wounds, lost his left eye and suffered significant facial disfigurement in which it took 11 operations to rebuild his facial features.
Deploying all over the world from desert, jungle, and mountainous areas to arctic regions on numerous occasions, Jay brings a wealth of knowledge of leadership, teaching, coaching and mentoring to any event. He has delivered motivational and inspirational talks to various leading oil and gas companies, charities, VIP’s, events, television, radio, business organisations and universities, as well as instructing and aiding in workshops for many of them all over the country.
Jay holds various certificates and awards in teaching, personal development, sports and recreation, assessing, coaching and mentoring and is also the first and most injured serviceman to conduct off shore oil and gas safety training as well as spending time on a platform in the North Sea.
Jay has worked for the service charity HorseBack UK for since the beginning, having been seconded initially by the Royal Marines Commandos during his own recovery; he is now the Course Director within the organisation and a Royal Marines Support Network Officer for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
Joanne has owned and been passionate about horses her entire life. She was brought up in Cornwall and was lucky enough to spend every evening after school riding her horse on the beautiful Cornish beaches. On leaving school she embarked on a round the world trip experiencing life in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Joanne managed the first Navy, Army, Air Force Financial Services Centre in Cornwall for 7 years where she met her husband Damian whilst he was serving in the Royal Navy at RNAS Culdrose. She then went on to become a Pharmaceutical Representative and a Dental Practice Manager before relocating to Scotland with her family in 2010.
She worked for Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership for 5 years before joining the HorseBack UK team where she has re-organised and given some well needed structure to the administrative systems within the Charity.
Duggie has always had a passion for horses along with his family and attributes his love of them with it “being in his blood”. He was raised around horses competing in show jumping and representing Great Britain in the Prince Phillip Cup team for the Pony Club. He then went to teach riding for three years to young novices and aspiring jockey’s before switching to the racing industry himself where he spent over 20yrs working his way up to ‘Head Lad’
He became involved with Horseback UK through the charity Racing Welfare wherein 2017 he first came as a course attendee and subsequently came back as a mentor. Realising that his passion was indeed horses but also working with people young and old alike he applied for the position of Yard Manager and joined the team at HorseBack UK full-time in 2018.
Stuart is an Educational Psychologist who has worked in the North East of Scotland since 1993.
He has studied at the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Strathclyde and worked as a Primary School Teacher in Glasgow before entering the world of Educational Psychology.
Stuart has worked as an Educational Psychologist in several Scottish Local Authorities. From 1993 until 2018 he was Senior Educational Psychologist in South Aberdeenshire. Living locally he was aware of the work of HorseBack UK and in 2019 we were able to welcome him onto the team to offer support to all our course attendees, staff and volunteers.
Stuart is Chartered by the British Psychological society and Regulated by the Health Professional Council.
Sally Anne Hunter
Tania was brought up in the Lambourn Valley. Her father, Gay Kindersley, was an amateur rider and then a trainer of National Hunt horses. She went on to read history at Oxford, and then became a full-time writer.
Tania has written six novels and then subsequently published a non-fiction namely ‘Backwards In High Heels’ and is currently working on one fiction and one non-fiction. Tania moved from London to Scotland in 1997 and discovered HorseBack UK in 2012. She is an extremely valued member of the team writing on a daily basis the facebook page and HorseBack UK blog which now has many followers.
Fay has had connection to 45 Commando RM for many years and is friends with many from the Unit and Royal Marines Association. Back in 2010 when the first official week long course was run she volunteered to photograph the attendees. At that same time she was studying for a Higher National Diploma in Photography and subsequently came up to the organisation again in a voluntary capacity to capture further seasons for the charity.
2018 saw the introduction of the Photography element to the course and subsequently Fay has been teaching basic skills to the Phase 1 courses as well as capturing their journey on their Phase 3 ‘Ride Out’. Photography is crucial in evidence gathering for the SQA Lvl 4 in Personal Development in Horsemanship not only for the attendees but also for the charity. Owning her own business Fay enjoys her time with the injured service personnel and veterans passing on her skills and introducing her passion, hobby and livelihood to those that have not had the opportunity thus far.