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.
Ruth Holt – Hopton Rehab and Homing Trustee
Ruth has a lifetime of experience in business accounting and administration, from multi-national corporates to small family businesses. She now focuses on small businesses, and in recent years has numbered The People’s Orchestra and Age UK Birmingham among her clients.
A lifelong love of horses and yearning to work with them was fulfilled when she took a break from commerce for ten years to assist with the running of a midlands equestrian centre. However, for the last few years Ruth has been back behind a desk, so saw the invitation to join the board of HRH Trustees as an antidote to the computer screen! At one time the owner of four horses, two cats, a dog and a barn owl, she now has one dog and one cat.
Ruth has vast experience in managing business especially from the accounts side and puts her experience to very good use for the charity.
Bob Woolnough – Hopton Rehab and Homing Trustee
Bob has had a varied career in the equine world. He began his riding experiences when he volunteered for the Mounted Section of the Royal Military Police, having never ridden before. After training and qualifying as a mounted police officer, he then spent 4 years with the mounted branch, often working 7 days a week with anything up to 16 hours a day in the saddle, gaining a wealth of experience and knowledge in the training of horses from the start of their careers into fully fledged police horses that are used every day on our streets.
After leaving the mounted section Bob was more involved in the security and intelligence fields but never lost his passion for horses and has continued to ride and assist others at every chance since.
Bob has also worked as a volunteer for the Riding For The Disabled charity.
In 2018 Bob became a volunteer and was in 2019 asked to become a trustee.
The larger horses at HRH get the majority of Bob’s time and attention, along with those requiring special training needs.
Kim Rawlings - HRH Yard Manager
Kim is also responsible for managing the daily work routines for the volunteers who support the charity