About Highlands Unbridled
We are a small friendly yard with happy, well loved horses and ponies and we would like to keep it that way!
We have no desire to be the biggest and would never have the audacity to claim to be the best, but we live and ride in a beautiful part of the world and we think we have something very special to offer. We are happy and love what we are doing, our horses are happy and we have happy customers that keep coming back telling us how much they have enjoyed riding with us, so we must be doing something right!
We enjoy our job - giving people memories to keep forever!
Highlands Unbridled has been Jan’s dream for 10 years. She rode as a child at a local riding school, although never owned her own pony, then like so many of us, gave up during her teens, although she never lost her love for horses, or desire to one day own one! Seeing an opportunity to infect her children with the riding bug, she loaned a small black Shetland pony called Tuppence for them to ride – and it worked! Her daughter Charys became a very keen rider and of course, that meant that Mum had to get a horse to ride out with her – finally at the age of 33, she got her own horse!
Having had a love of the countryside and nature since childhood, and a desire to get out and experience it up close, led to Jan deciding that Trail Riding is what she wanted to do, and she embarked on a long process of research and training, culminating in the formation of Highlands Unbridled with her partner, Graham.
Jan is a qualified BET Ride Leader, and First Aider, and has a NC and HNC in Equine Studies.
She has a good knowledge of local natural history, culture and the area in general and a keen interest in local folklore, legends and history, and incorporates this into the rides.
Graham worked in social care for many years, specialising
in supporting people with a learning disability.
He has been riding now for just four years. Before, his interests were mostly water-based, as he used to be a qualified British Canoe Union instructor. However, that has all changed and now he rides out on the longer rides, and provides back up on others. Like Jan, he really enjoys the outdoors. He enjoys hill walking and wild camping, canoeing and Scottish dancing as well as traditional Scottish music. His fiddle playing is awful but it is good fun!
Born in Scotland, he grew up in the West country, so don’t let his accent fool you – he is very proudly Scottish! His family roots are in Sutherland, and he has a keen interest in Scottish history, especially in the ’45 rebellion and subsequently the Highland Clearances. He is also fluent in French.
Katie has been with us for the past year. Having grown up just across the bridge in Dornoch, she knows the area well. She has had horses for most of her life and has studied with the North Highland College, gaining NC, HNC and HND in equine studies, as well as working her way through her BHS stages as well as gaining her TRSS Senior ride leader certificate. Katie has two horses of her own, Sandy, a Highland cross and a thoroughbred mare and is a talented artist.
A local lass - Yvonne is born and bred in Tain so knows the area like the back of her hand. Yvonne has also studied with the North Highland College, doing both NC and HNC in equine studies and also her TRSS Ride leader certificate. She has competed locally with her lovely mare Highland cross mare Sunny for many years. She also has a mini-shetland called Diesel and a TB x called Cooper. Yvonne is also a very talented artist, having discovered her skills whilst living on the west coast for a while. She has now returned to her roots in Tain and we are very glad to have her...
Lorraine helps out in the office, manning the phones and taking bookings, as well as working on the yard and leading out some of the rides. She is studying her NC in equestrian studies at the moment. Lorraine also helps with the Saturday Saddle Club and is an invaluable member of the team.
Our lovely Aussie :) Siobhan is a ray of sunshine, always smiling and helpful and a joy to have around. She is working with us until her work visa runs out and we will miss her when she has to leave..... but in the meantime, she is a great ride leader, again TRSS Ride Leader qualified.
Rosie is our pest control officer! Always available for cuddles, she's a very friendly cat - she's just mewing in the picture not roaring!