Ailsa McIntosh - Founder 

Ailsa began her equestrian career at Busby Equitation Centre and quickly worked her way up the ranks to Head Girl after completing her BHSAI exams.  Ailsa furthered her experience in Italy working for International Show Jumper Vittorio Orlandi for 12 months.  

After returning to Scotland Ailsa managed many riding facilities before moving to Drumshalloch in 1989.  Drumshalloch began as a livery yard before introducing riding lessons in 1994.  Ailsa also bred Norwegian Fjord Horses from a herd of 4 mares and the amazing stalllion Magnus - the last remaining Fjord descending from the original herd, Kari, is still on the yard today. 

Ailsa also has a wealth of experience carriage driving and breaking horses and ponies to drive and will happily tell you all about her horse of a lifetime, Douglas, who took her on competitions all over Scotland. 

Today, Ailsa utilises her many years of working with horses to help advise and assist the team at Drumshalloch and enjoys the odd hack on Icelandic Roddy. 

 


Charlotte Garvie - Director 

Charlotte has been around horses since the day she was born (thanks to her mum - Ailsa).  Growing up at Drumshalloch, ponies were always in good supply and this sparked a passion for all things equestrian. 

Leaving the ponies behind, Charlotte embarked on a degree in Business Studies and Accountancy at Edinburgh University.  After this she stumbled into a career in events which lead her to organising large scale events all over the world (and Aberdeen!).

Most recently, Charlotte set up a successful Christmas decorating company servicing hotels, airports, restaurants and some residential properties. 

Charlotte's main role at Drumshalloch is driving the business forward, identifying new opportunities, creating special events and forming strategic partnerships to ensure the business thrives and drives forward.  


Jackie Taig - Chief 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's role at Drumshalloch is to oversee the coaching of our riders and management of our horses - keeping riding fun whilst ensuring steady progression is achieved.

Rebecca McConville - Head Trainer

Rebecca always wanted to work with horses and they have been her passion since before she even met one in the flesh. 

Rebecca has a wide and varied experience in the equestrian world, starting from a very young age helping out at yards and progressing to an Intructor. 

After completing an HNC in Horse Management at college she worked at various yards in England before returning to the North-East to further her education.  Rebecca completed her instructor training and has enjoyed teaching and helping all standards of rider develop their skills and knowledge. 

At Drumshalloch, Rebecca is tasked with training young and new horses ready for lessons or sale and teaching our riders both in the saddle and on stable management. 

Becky Windle - Head Groom 

After finishing school, Becky started an apprenticeship at Horseback UK where she worked her way through the SVQ levels  - completing levels 1 and 2 of Horse Care and Riding.  

It was at Horseback that Becky met Jackie and was later introduced to the team at Drumshalloch, starting at the yard in 2018 as Yard Assistant. 

Becky bought her dream horse King in early 2019, her aim is to attend local shows and competitions before hopefully eventing in 2020. 

At Drumshalloch, Becky is responsible for ensuring the horses are all well turned out and looked after - which she does with the biggest smile on her face! 

Caroline Reid - Mini Trail Rides Leader 

Caroline got into horses at the age of 9 taking lessons at her local riding school.  She went on to loan a very naughty ex racing pony and attended lots of pony club events, hunter paces and gymkhanas.  In keeping with her love of naughty ponies, Caroline's second pony was an ex riding school pony who liked to through chickens over her head when she was bored! 

Horses were left behind during her years at college and university but not for long - Caroline had her very own Arab before taking part in a local riding club, exercising a range of different horses. 

Caroline's daughter decided she wanted to get into riding which brought the pair to Drumshalloch, 9 months later they were the proud owners of Welsh Section C, Heidi, who they both adore. 

Having taken over the Mini Trail Rides since May, Caroline loves to see how much pleasure the wee ones get out of riding the ponies and watching their confidence grow both on the ground and in the saddle.