Meet the team
Tracy Cooper – Hopton Rehab and Homing Trustee
After leaving school, Tracy had a long career as a legal executive lawyer specialising in family and criminal law and general litigation.
Tracy competed in eventing, dressage and show jumping, and have always had a keen interest in horses, and gained British Horse Society qualifications to further her knowledge and enable her to teach.
Having recognised a gap in the provision of training in the local area she set about providing education in horse care, management and riding. Tracy met her colleague, Lin, who had extensive experience in work based training, and in 2011 they formed their own training organisation as a limited company. They have worked with local colleges to train learners and apprentices at levels 1, 2 and 3 and the new tech-bac qualifications.
Over the years they picked up one or two horses which required extensive physical and/or mental rehabilitation to enable them to continue to have a useful working life. This developed and they were approached by many other people who could no longer provide the care and support those horses required.
It was decided in 2016 that due to the volume, they would set up a charity to enable this much needed provision to continue and develop. Hence the charity was incorporated on 18 July 2017.
Lin Marriott-Lodge – Hopton Rehab and Homing Trustee
Lin has had a long career in the equine world. Starting life as an active pony club member before training for and achieving her BHSAI at the age of 19. She then went on to be a groom for a British Junior and Young Rider team member.
Having a family required her to change her career but the link to horses remained by taking over as District Commissioner of the Ludlow Pony Club Branch. For the past 10 yrs Lin has been Co-Director of an training organisation working with students on equestrian apprenticeship courses and work-based training.
During these years Lin has had the opportunity to develop her passion for rehabilitating horses and along with her training colleague Tracy, has had some noticeable success in this area.
As a result of this success Tracy & Lin were asked more regularly to assist owners with their horses for many different reasons. This then formed the basis of the charity which is now going from strength to strength.
Lin & Tracy now oversee the day to day management of the charity and horses within it’s care.
They also organise many events such as carboot sales to raise funds for the charity.
Kim Rawlings - HRH Yard Manager
Kim is also responsible for managing the daily work routines for the volunteers who support the charity