Horse Power Scotland Limited is a social enterprise set up in the form of a Company Limited by Guarantee. This means we have no shareholders and any/all our profits go directly towards funding our future work.
As a social enterprise we are sometimes eligible to apply for funding. So far we have been funded by Fife Council, Big Lottery - Awards For All and The Playfield Institute.
This money enabled us to provide projects dedicated to helping young people facing hardship or difficulties and to foster relationship with service providers such as Fife Womens Aid and various residential care homes across Fife.
We are always open to working in conjunction with other organisations and if you would like more information or to discuss the prospect of working together get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN THE BEGINNING...
Horse Power Scotland operates from Blue Horse Stables in Radernie. Originally built as a smiddy with cottages attached. It has been converted to accomodate horses, sheep and hens in order to provide a facillity open to anyone who wants to reconnect with themselves in a semi rural environment accompanied by the presence of animals.
Kirsty started her training in riding schools learning how to teach others before moving into the private sector to gain more in depth knowledge and practical experience of performance horses.
After suffering mental burnout herself and discovering first hand how horses can offer much more than just a riding experience, Kirsty became very interestred in the mental make up of horses. What do horses have naturaly that we as humans take such comfort in?
Kirsty undertook training in the field of Equine Assisted Learning and made many contacts in order to establish how to deliver a quality service in the Fife area.
One of these contacts was Clare Martin. Clare comes from a background in mental health and education, and has worked as a BACP accredited psychotherapist for 20 years in a wide range of settings including the NHS, Student Counselling, Women’s Aid and Young People's counselling services. She has recently changed career, moving from people to plants, and now works as a kitchen gardener in Perthshire. She continues to support Kirsty and the team and as a horse owner herself remains passionate about their ability to enhance our lives.
Together Kirsty and Clare formed Horse Power Scotland Ltd and are the current directors of the company.
The board oversees the running of Horse Power Scotland and are made up of straight forward people who believe whole heartedly in the benefits of being outdoors and around animals
Chairman - Adam Lawson
Adam is a local farmer who runs a dairy herd of 120 cows. He also is a regular on the showfield, his greatest achievment being winning the Royal Highland Show in 2009 with his homebred dairy Shorthorn.
Adam was the Young Farmers National Chairman 2009/2010, this experience in addition to his organisational skills and his understanding of working rurally and with animals make him the perfect person to guide Horse Power Scotland.
Treasurer - Claire Cameron
Claire comes from St Andrews, is an active mum to Cameron and Rebecca and is our support with all things numerical. She is fuelled by coffee and although horses are not her first love, she thinks they look nice over the fence! Claires daughter also volunteers for us at the weekend and is a great help around the yard.
Secretary - Jillian Harcourt
Jilian lives near Dunfurmline and works for the family run business.s She has been involved with horses most of her life and owns two horses .
We are priveledged to have Miss Lucinda Russell as our Patron.
Lucinda started training race horses in 1995 having previously evented, showjumped, trained point to pointers and been awarded a BSc Hons in Psychology at St Andrews University. Her ambition and drive has led her yard, Arlary, located in Milnathort, Fife, to be the leading national hunt yard in Scotland. She is proud of buying and producing fit athletic racehorses and on a day to day basis she compiles the work list, rides out and does evening feeds.
Lucinda is an inspiration to us here at Horse Power Scotland. Her dedication and determination within the racing industry has seen her rise through the ranks within an extremely competitve and male dominated industry to carve a reputation as an effective and popular trainer.
Her grounded approach towards life fits well with the ethos of Horse Power Scotland and Lucinda believes that time spent with a horse is very valuable indeed.