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Thumbnail Kingussie – Saturday 17th June 2017 Pony Trekking was started by the Ormiston Family, with their renowned stud of Highland Ponies, at the Balavil Arms Hotel in Newtonmore, with the assistance of the Scottish...

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Pat Morris


patPat was lucky enough to grow up with her own pony, Coral, just over her garden fence. She loved just hanging about with her and riding in the local woods and on the beach. Nothing much has changed and she now keeps her young Highland Pony, Tess, at NRC, who she has brought on from a tubby youngster to a sleek, beautiful and loving pony with the best manners in the yard!

Pat spends many hours at NRC, often with a broom in hand. Her husband is in danger of forgetting what she looks like, but is enjoying the freedom to spend so much time on the golf course!

After spending 30 years working as an Occupational Therapist she retired to run a B&B in near by Kingussie. She is now employed part time as a Family Key Worker. As well as her pony, Pat enjoys skiing, all water sports, cycling and walking with her dog. She has two grown up children, one of which now works at NRC.

Pat loves to find new rides and explore the local country side on horse back. Pat just passed her BHS Equine Tourism Assistant Ride Leader Qualification at the start of September.

Shirlie Geddes


Shirlie can usually be found helping out at Saddle Club and Pony Club most weekends, where her chosen specialist subject is “Patiently adjusting stirrup leathers and tightening girths”.

After growing up alongside the Ormiston family and their horses in nearby Laggan, Shirlie spent several years working in advertising and the newspaper industry in Glasgow and Edinburgh. In 2001, she returned to the area with her family to establish a guesthouse and now runs a restaurant in Newtonmore.

Her younger son, Sorley, was one of our first and youngest members of Saddle Club at five and he continues to ride with us every weekend. Shirlie is more than pleased with his progress, not just as an increasingly confident rider but also in the hours of hard work all the kids put into learning about horse and stable management too. She does admit that she is a little jealous that Sorley gets to spend more time on horseback than she does nowadays.

Carrie McNiven


Ride Leader & Head Groom

Carrie joined us from North Highland College with her horse Tzar (Croila Whisper CB x Highland/Tersky)who she has owned since he was a youngster. She enjoys doing Level 1 Parelli with him and hopes to start Intro British Eventing this year. She has gained both her NC Equestrian Studies and Business Skills and HNC Equine Care. She has also gained her BHS Stage 1, Riding and Road Safety, Riding and Road Safety Trainer and Coaching Scotland Safeguarding and Protecting Children.

She now works on the yard Full Time both taking out hacks and giving lessons. She is quite happy to teach all levels of rider from the most novice beginner to the more advanced rider.

Carrie will be taking her Stage 2 and PTT soon as well as working towards finishing her HND in Equine Care. She has just passed her BHS Equestrian Tourism Assistant Ride Leader Qualification in early September and laready has her HNC in Equine Care.

Suzanne Campbell


Suzie is one of our regular volunteers and also helps with schooling horses at the centre and Pony Club and Saddle Club too. Originaly from Aviemore she used to help Anna at Aviemore Stables and many of you will remember her coloured horse Tarquinn which she used to take out and compete on at local shows and the Badenoch Riding Club. We would love to see Suzie out again competing on one of the centre's horses or ponies.

When not at NRC, Suzie works at the planning office in Kingussie and enjoys fun times with her Newtonmore girly friends. Her latest hobby is her new husband Norman Campbell from Newtonmore. Norman's dad George was a keen Ormiston Cowboy in days gone by. Norman is also keen on the ponies and worked as a stalker and ghillie working Highland Ponies. Hopefully we will get Norman showing a working pony again, he has already done this at the Black Isle Show.

Suzie Wong


Hayley Nairn


Ride Leader

Hayley joined us in 2010 as a volunteer and during 2011 became a member of staff. Hayley has passed her Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland Ride Leaders Exam and has also done her BHS Riidng and Road Safety Test, First Aid and Child Protection.

Hayley works NRC Part Time taking out treks and hacks and helps with RDA and Saddle Club. Hayley's favourite pony is Penguin.

Working holidays

You have the opportunity to come and stay with us, help out with the animals and the riding centre as well as ride and make some new friends!


Ladies club

Image of a ponyIf you would like to ride affordably and help out around the centre, Ladies club may be just for you.


Trail riding

Hill trekkingRough Highland country trail rides available.

Come and join us in these spectacular surroundings.


Pony club

pony clubAre your kids wanting to learn more about horses and ride on a regular basis, Pony Club may be for them.

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