Jock Hutchison

CEO, Co-Founder HorseBack UK

Jock Hutchison - Horseback UKJock’s passion for horsemanship started from a very early age. He spent a period of his life in the United States working on a family ranch where he was made aware of western horsemanship and its training techniques.

He also spent a decade within the Royal Marines Commandos after completing the gruelling training and passing for duty as an officer. Within the service he deployed all over the world and progressed to a helicopter pilot for the Royal Navy and the British Army.

With a competitive spirit and strong foundations, Jock also spent over a decade in the business world running two companies as a CEO before co-founding and setting up the charity with his wife Emma Hutchison, herself an accomplished horse women.

Emma Hutchison

Head Equine Instructor, Co-Founder HorseBack UK

Emma Hutchison - Horseback UKEmma Hutchison has owned and worked with horses from a young age and has competed in dressage, show jumping and eventing. After leaving school, she worked in an eventing and hunt yard whilst studying to become an assistant riding instructor. Following college, extensive travel and working in London Emma joined Sussex Police as a constable where she served for 6 years. Emma is a British Equestrian Federation Level 2 UKCC Coach in Western Riding.

Emma delivers the horsemanship side of the courses but is very much involved in all aspects of running the charity including liaising with other groups and charities along side fundraising.

Jason Hare

Operations Manager

Jay - Horseback UK‘Jay’ studied engineering before entering the British Forces joining the Royal Marines Commandos. He has served for over 14 years in the Royal Marines and has only recently left employment with them due to life changing injuries. Deploying all over the world from desert, jungle, and mountainous areas to arctic regions on numerous occasions, Jay brings a wealth of knowledge of leadership, teaching, coaching and mentoring to the charity. Jay has deployed on many operations globally and led men in some of the world’s most stressful and hazardous environments, including three tours of Afghanistan.

He has delivered motivational and inspirational talks to various leading oil and gas companies, charities, VIP’s, business organisations and universities, as well as instructing and aiding in workshops for many of them all over the country.

Jay holds level 4 and 5 awards in teaching, coaching and mentoring and is also the first and most injured serviceman to conduct off shore oil and gas training, spending time on a platform in the North Sea.

Whilst being at the charity for five years, having been seconded by the Royal Marines Commandos, he has helped build and deliver courses and become an avid equine enthusiast. Last year he spent ten days as a volunteer for the US Forestry Service gathering cattle in Colorado.

Lynn Artesse

Welfare Liaison

As a young child Lynn spent every waking moment messing about with ponies. On leaving school she headed for London and worked in the advertising and media industry.

However being brought up by the sea it was not long before she was enticed away to live in Cornwall with an offer of work with a sailing magazine, Classic Boats. She spent the next five years as Features Editor, travelling around the coast of Britain, Europe and America sailing boats and writing articles of her experiences.

A huge change of direction came when she married an Equine Vet, moved to Scotland and started a family. Lynn then returned to education taking a post graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Since then she has worked as a Counsellor for various mental health charities in Aberdeen within a medical practice and secondary school.

Now combining her lifelong love of horses and incorporating her knowledge of counselling, Lynn is part of the HorseBack UK team and assigned as the Welfare Liaison Officer.

Paul ‘Baz’ Barrett

Corporate Liaison

Baz was a serving member of the Royal Marines Commandos, holding the rank of Colour Sergeant. Baz had served his country since 1994 and has seen active service across the globe, 10 years of which as an elite Mountain Leader. Whilst leading his troop of men from 45 Commando, he was severely injured by an improvised explosive device (IED), losing his right leg, numerous digits to both hands and the use of his right arm and hand. During his extensive and still ongoing rehabilitation, Baz has been an inspiration to all those that he has had contact with and has never compromised the qualities one would expect of a Royal Marine.

Baz experienced HorseBack UK way back in 2009 when the initiative was very much in its embryonic phase. We are proud that Baz is a Team Leader and the Military Liaison Officer to HBUK.

Jackie Taig

Horse Trainer, BHS Intermediate Riding Instructor

Jackie has been riding and working with horses from a young age and completed her BHS instructor qualifications at the age of 18.

Having spent several years both teaching and competing around England and Scotland she then moved to Portugal. Here, Jackie trained with two top trainers in show jumping and dressage. Following that experience she then became self-employed and moved to America for 11 years where she competed with sponsorship at a higher level in the United States.

Jackie has a vast experience of teaching both people and horses and is now an important part of the HorseBack UK team.

Tania Kindersley

Public Relations Officer

Tania was brought up in the Lambourn Valley. Her father, Gay Kindersley, was an amateur rider and then a trainer of National Hunt horses. She went on to read history at Oxford, and then became a full-time writer.

Tania has written six novels and then subsequently published a non-fiction namely ‘Backwards In High Heels’ and is currently working on one fiction and one non-fiction. Tania moved from London to Scotland in 1997 and discovered HorseBack UK in 2012. She is an extremely valued member of the team writing on a a daily basis the facebook page and HorseBack UK blog which now has many followers.

Ian Wren

HBUK Fundraiser

Ian commenced his employment as Fund Raising Manager in September 2014, however, he has been a volunteer fundraiser for HorseBack UK for over five years. Ian served with the Royal Artillery since the early seventies and completed four years service. Most of his military career was spent in Germany but he completed a tour in Northern Ireland in 1976. Ian was also a member of the Territorial Army for nineteen years, eleven of which was as a Unit Catering Manager for 212 Highland Battery in Arbroath. A keen cyclist he has biked many miles to raise money for HorseBack UK. Ian appeared on ITV’s Holding Out for a Hero and was extremely successful in winning £98,000 for our charity.

Margaret Birnie

Site Manager

Mags as she is known to all, first came to HorseBack UK in 2011 when she brought with her an old school friend who was ex services and turning blind.  Having fallen in love with the place she then started to volunteer and utilise the 30 years of hospitality experience as well as horse experience from when she was a child.  She became our site manager at the start of 2015 and now has a varied job description which includes cooking, cleaning, fixing, painting, mending, delivering, posting, driving, hugging and swearing.

Becky Windle


Becky first came to HorseBack UK in 2014 when she attended as part of the Banchory Academy schools program.  On completion of this program she then chose to do her work experience at the charity and then subsequently volunteered for 6 months on leaving school.  Due to her commitment and enthusiasm  HBUK were keen to offer Becky a further opportunity and so have taken her on as a Modern Apprentice.  She is currently studying her stable management exams as well as improving her riding and horsemanship skills.  She is now an integral part of the HorseBack team and has blossomed from a shy and quiet girl into someone who frequently plays pranks on the other team members.