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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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Hannah Accorsini

Centre Manager

Hannah first came to us when she was a student in 2014 and then went on to do a season at another busy riding and pony trekking using Highland Ponies in 2015, She came back to us in 2016 and did her Senior Ride Leader before taking over as the day to day manager of the riding centre and pony trekking in 2017.

Hannah has three horses of her own and her favourite discipline is show jumping and she competes with her own horses.

Hannah graduated from the North of Scotland College with her HND in HOrse Management and also has her Senior Ride Leader from the TRSS, Riding and Road Safety, Safe Guarding and Protecting etc.

Becca Cameron

Coach and Instructor, Horse Trainer

Becca is freelance and has her own business Ruthven Equestrian but we are lucky that she is able to give us time to help as an instructor and to also train young horses and help with the Highland Pony Stud and youngstock.

Becca graduated from University before getting her UKCC2 and also her TRSS Senior Ride Leader.

Annabelle Eccles

Chief Pony Club Instructor (Volunteer)

Annabelle has been running our Pony Club Centre for 10 years now and brought all of her knowledge and experience of running a Pony Club Centre and Camps for one of her relations down south to help us at Newtonmore and now at Highland Horse Fun Kingussie for the Cairngorms Pony Club Centre.

During her time at the Centre Annabelle has done her Introduction to Pony Club Coaching and achieved accreditation with the Pony Club as an Instructor. In addition to this she recently passed her UK Coaching Certificate Level 1. Last year Annabelle got her Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland Senior Ride Leader Certificate and early this year topped that off with the Centre Operator / Manager award. She also trained with some other centre members earlier this year at Gleneagles and now holds the BHS Riding and Road Safety Trainer's qualification.

Annabelle is a key member of the Pony Club Team at HHF and trys to be down to teach Saddle Club once a month. She is always around helping to organise our monthly Pony Club Rally and was the driving force behind our 3 x 3 Day Pony Club Camps through the year.

Lorraine Duncan


Cairngorms Riding for the Disabled Association Group Coach / Instructor

Lorraine joined us in 2010 as a volunteer primarily helping with Cairngorms RDA. During 2011 Lorraine 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.

Lorraine has been our Group Coach for Cairngorms RDA since 2012 and also has her own Highland Pony called Hector.

Lorraine also worked fulltime for 5 years for Highland Horse Fun as Centre Manager from 2012 to 2017, so really knows all the ponies and has known many of them since they were foals.

Ruaridh Ormiston

Centre Proprietor

I have been involved with horses and pones all of my life and of course especially the family business of Highland Ponies. I helped my father, from as young as I can remember, with running the pony trekking. I finally took over on my own account in 1992 at Croila Stables in the village at Newtonmore and have been running my own operation since then. In February 2008 we moved out to the new yard at Biallid Farm (Newtonmore Riding Centre) where my grandfather and father had run the pony trekking before me from as early as 1952.

It is a great way of life and I thoroughly enjoy it. It is very satisfying to see the local children progresing so well at Pony Club as well as seeing tourists enjoying themselves and returning time and time again. I am very lucky to have such a dedicated and enthusiastic team, and could not run NRC without them all, and of course not forgetting the horses and ponies themselves who we all love.

I qualified as a Centre Supervisor with BET and TRSS in 1995 and just recently did my Centre Operator's Exam with the TRSS too. I have my HSE First Aid and I am also an accredited Pony Club Instructor, I have done loads of courses in my real job that are also releveant to the riding centre: Risk Assessment, COSHH, Quality Management, HR Management, Finance, Marketing, Safety Management Systems, etc

My hobbies include riding, carriage driving, motorcycles, boats, Highland Cattle and socialising. I also work in the international oil industry as an engineer in the drilling and exploration sector which gives me lots of opportunity for travel and seeing what the rest of the world does with horses !

My vision for NRC is that we have the best run facility in the area that people, staff and volunteers can all really enjoy coming to - with a considerable emphasis on having fun !!

I look forward to meeting you when you come to visit us here in the Highlands at Newtonmore.

We have all sorts of horses at Newtonmore for you to ride and I am sure you will not be disappointed Wink

Ruaridh Bull Riding


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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