Experience & Qualifications

I have been involved with animals all my life. From a family of farmers on my Mother’s side, I was always outside and in the thick of it with some animal or other. After leaving school I lived in at The Wyke Equestrian Centre in Shifnal, where I gained the ABRS Grooms Diploma and NVQ level 3. I then went to London to work for a national showjumping/dealing yard. After five years of professional work with horses, I decided to get a ‘proper job’ where I could earn good money and then have my own horses to compete at dressage, which I had developed a passion for whilst bringing on youngsters on the flat. I then decided to take my BHSAI teaching exam as I had already started coaching people I had met through competing.

After teaching in a conventional way for many years, I then began to explore the realms of the Mary Wanless style of ‘ride with your mind’ which focuses on positively reinforcing good behaviours. I have since developed my horse and dog training in a similar way, incorporating clicker training which again focuses on positive reinforcement. I have been fortunate enough to train directly with one of the most influential clicker trainers, Alexandra Kurland, from the US.

I am a devout believer in positive reinforcement in my training practices and will not administer punishment of any sort to any animal. Every contact with my animals is a training session but its so much fun they don’t realise!

More recently I gave up my ‘proper job’ and left the UK for Thailand where I worked at an animal welfare centre. Lanta Animal Welfare is a charity and all my work was on a voluntary basis. I primarily cared for dogs and cats, but we did have the odd monkey and snake to deal with at times! Please see my news page for tales of my work volunteer work in Thailand.

Tilly’s Pet Services is fully insured for your pets’ loss, care and control (including walking dogs off lead with owner’s consent) and loss of keys. I also hold a current CRB disclosure which is renewed on a yearly basis.

My main qualifications include:

BHSAI
ABRS Grooms Diploma
Horse Industry NVQ Level 3
Equine Specific First Aid
Child Protection Certificate