Telling your storiesfrom the stables to the fields

Business Showcase
02 September,2017

Business Showcase: Introducing KA Equestrian

Hi Hay-Netters! Massive thank you to Sam for inviting us to be a part of their business showcase series.

 

My name is Karen McConnell, I’m 36 years old, wife to Chris, mum to 5 year old Cora and 3 year old Callan, and the owner and manager of KA Equestrian, a busy backing, schooling, training and livery yard set in 70 acres of beautiful Perthshire, Scotland.

 

KA Equestrian was launched in earnest in September 2009 offering backing and schooling services from a rented yard on the side of my ‘real’ job co-ordinating projects in the 3rd sector. I had always done freelance riding and grooming work on the side of University and other jobs but after being signed off work for 3 weeks with suspected bird flu (I was fine after 3 days but had to stay off work just incase!), I set up a website and a Facebook page and our business was born.

 

KA Equestrian has grown and evolved over the years and 6 years ago, almost to the day, we bought our own purpose-built facility that we’ve developed since then. Our brick-built stable block houses 21 large stables, we have 45 acres of well-maintained paddocks and fields, an all weather surface floodlit arena, large grass jumping paddock and international-sized dressage arena, mini cross country course and on-site hacking trails.

 

Our initial core business of backing and schooling horses for clients is still a large part of our current business. Educating horses, whether they are young and needing started under saddle, older horses who are missing a part of their education or needing a ‘problem’ ironed out, ex-racehorses needing re-habilitated and re-trained when they leave racing or competition horses working their way up the levels, continues to be what I spend most of my day doing. I love working with all horses, helping them better understand what it is we are asking for them. My approach is simple, consistent and calm, knowing that all horses want to co-operate with us and when problems do occur they are either due to pain, anxiety, confusion or commonly, a mixture of all three. I am passionate about training horses so it’s no surprise that dressage is where my heart lies – I am extremely lucky to have a number of lovely horses to compete, my own horse ‘Native Spa’, Michael and Sandra Smith’s ‘Orsippus’ and Lochlane Stud’s ‘Nibeley Top Diva’.

 

Education is a theme we’ve continued into creating The Academy at KA Equestrian, an arm of the business that offers coaching, clinics from approved outside instructors, lectures and workshops. One of the things I love most about working with horses is that I’m always learning. Every horse, owner and professional I meet brings something I can learn from, no-body knows it all, and our Academy is as much for my benefit as it is for our clients. The more we expose ourselves to as equestrians, the more knowledgable we can become. One of the exciting projects we’re recently launched through The Academy, is BHS Stages Preparation Courses in partnership with the super-knowledgable and talented Rowan Tweddle (BHSII SM). The provision of high quality and practical training for future equestrian professionals is extremely exciting and we’re now in the process of working towards becoming a BHS approved training facility to help us further expand this area of our business.

 

I hope that gives you a little insight into who we are and why we do it. Tomorrow, read about what a ‘typical’ day is like for me here at KA Equestrian…

 

Karen x

 

Please visit: http://www.kaequestrian.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KAEquestrian

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KAEquestrian

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/KAEquest

YoutTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrfHvd4wOG5GgAeVsDz5eUg


0 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

About Haynet

Haynet is a leading equestrian and countryside blogging directory, telling your stories from the stables to the fields. If you love living in the countryside, riding your horse, farming the fields or walking your dogs through the woods – then you will feel right at home here!

Haynet is also the host of the Country Style and Equestrian Blogger of the Year Award celebrating top class bloggers within the industry. We also promote the hashtag #HorseBloggers with a dedicated Twitter channel to share equestrian related content, engaging with the rural blogging community. Together with a #HorseBloggers Meet Up Group on Facebook encouraging this blogging community, our aim is to raise the profile of equestrian blogging. Together with working with equestrian and rural companies, Haynet brings you all the views, news and latest products that you will find of interest.

So grab a cuppa, kick off your wellies and enjoy reading from the countryside!

Search

Free Rein Logo

Facebook

Equestrian Blogger of the Year 2017

Country Style Blogger of the Year 2017

Posts from the Stables and the Fields

#HorseBloggers Photo Challenge

My Goals For The Coming Year by Dressage Dreamers

Box Rest, Baby Horses & Big Dreams by Inside Track Eventing

Listen to our library of podcasts with Sam Hobden & Rhea Freeman

How To Ride A Square Halt by Karen McConnell

5 Year Blogiversary! by Roosa Rantanen