“Anyone of any age or ability can enjoy, and learn a lot from, horses” is the belief of both Annie Shaw and Barry Shaw. You don’t have to ride or drive horses to enjoy them, care of horses can give you enjoyment and knowledge. Breeding horses either for your own use, or to sell on, which can involve showing them is another way to enjoy horses.
Until more recently Annie and Barry ran a riding school at Elm Park Equestrian Centre which the Shaw family started in 1993, and had a great deal of success with helping people of all ages and abilities, including special needs riders, those with a lack of confidence and exam candidates as well as those wanting to ride to have fun. The Riding School saw quite a number of regular holiday riders returning year after year.
Barry Shaw BHS AI, Int T, Int.SM
Barry trained at Snowball Farm, Bucks, after feeling dissatisfied with other jobs and decided to learn to ride. He completed his training, obtained his BHS A.I. and was successfully competing in Showjumping at Foxhunter level on our 15.2 light weight cob Sam or “Shaws First Attempt”. He has continued his training, some of which was at Talland, and achieved his BHS Intermediate Teaching and Intermediate Stable Managers Certificates.
More recently he has taken to Dressage and is currently competing one horse at Medium level, two at Elementary level and one at Novice level. He has recently started Freestyle Dressage to Music and is thoroughly enjoying it.
Barry is trained by Pammy Hutton and Adam Kemp.
Barry is happy to teach both horses and riders at any level and will come to you if you would prefer.
Annie Shaw, BHS Int S.M., Reiki II
Annie who had been a secretary for most of her
working life, started riding in her mid-forties, and soon became addicted. Her riding was interrupted for a while for treatment for breast cancer, but as soon as she was able she was back to her
riding lessons. She bought her first horse, an Irish TB called Flash. As well as rattling her confidence he also taught
her a great deal. Both
Barry and Annie rode Flash but unfortunately, after an accident in the field Flash had to be put down. Then Oliver Twist came into Annie’s life. Oliver had a wonderful outlook on life. He was a black heavyweight cob and was a gentleman. He was a big baby in lots of ways but when Barry and Annie decided that they would like to help others with riding Oliver was the founder member of the riding school.
Annie has specialized in the stable management side of horse care and has been breeding horses, the first three of which Barry is now competing. Annie has at present 3 brood mares and their offspring are sometimes for sale. See the For Sale page.
As a Directors Secretary Annie had access to courses in personal development etc and, together with her own personal experiences, has enabled her to help people with their confidence problems.
Annie has become a Reiki II and believes this and other techniques can help horses. She spends a great deal of time talking with her horses and is taking courses in other related topics.
Annie’s husband who took early retirement from Banking in London and wanted to get back to the West Country where his mother came from and where he spent some of his childhood. He has learned about horses and helps with the everyday routines for them, as well as the DIY maintenance work. He also drives the mini bus for the Launceston Day Centre, as well as being a carer.