Five strong women working with horses

From the countryside of Sussex to the island of Sumba we introduce five strong women who work with horses

Here’s to women and all the incredible things they achieve no matter where they are or what they’re doing. Here are five strong, inspiring women working in specialised industries with horses.

Helping you live out your ‘horse riding on the beach’ fantasy in Indonesia

Carole Sharpe article for title sussex

Carol Sharpe from Nihi Sumba has rescued over 20 ex racehorses in her time as the award winning hotels on-site horse whisperer. Tasked initially with finding easy horses for guests for beach treks she found that there were quite a few in need of rescuing from their lives post racing and set about retraining them with patience and love.

Check out Nihi

One of Colorado’s finest cowgirls

Steph K vista verde article for title sussex

Steph K from Vista Verde ranch is head wrangler and as such responsible for over 100 horses daily. The role is a tough one which culminates in the annual Winter cattle round up over 17,000 acres. Guests are welcome to join (depending on riding ability) but be warned – this is not for the faint hearted and is likened to the “biggest game of hide and seek in the world”.

Check out Vista Verde

Keeping us keen in Sussex

Ashley Boyce article for title sussex

Ashley Boyce is a Sussex born showjumper that has been pivotal in many a young rider’s success and confidence.  She is blessed with unending patience and a true desire to help riders excel in the sport of show jumping. She also recognises that, with a passion, the importance horses can bring to children’s lives.  Ashley operates from her base at Three Greys Riding School, Pyecombe.

Find her on Abequestrian – Facebook

Shiromal from Jetwing article for title sussex

Spokeswomen for Sri Lanka sustainability

Shiromal Cooray is the Chairman and Managing Director of family run Jetwing Travels, one of the leading inbound/outbound travel management companies in Sri Lanka. Inspired by her entrepreneur father, Shiromal joined the family business to help the world experience the best of Sri Lanka’s authentic hospitality, while enriching the lives of local communities. The Cooray family have been instrumental in sustainable tourism on the island. Meaning, in most of the 37 hotels and villas they are now plastic free and solar energised.

Check out Jetwing Travels


Amy Stovold dressage article for title sussex

Revisiting an old love in Britain

Last but by no means least Dressage Rider Amy Stovold is a shining light to all parents out there considering returning to a sport they once loved. Post childbirth Amy suffered from postnatal depression and thought all hope was lost of riding competitively again. Almost three years on Amy is once again competing at Grand Prix level. Snd she has high hopes for the future with her stunning horses and incredible backbone of her incredible sponsors.

Check out the Stovold Dressage Team and their sponsors – @equetechclothing @sciencesupplements_uk @batessaddles @balancedhorsefeeds

These women are inspiring

Whether you’re in Sussex or Sri Lanka, there are inspiring women everywhere you go, in every job, every career path. Let’s go ladies!