Lead facilitator

Bridget has headed up the Helping Hooves project since its inception in 2017. Having lived experience of mental health conditions and struggled with clinical methods of coping, when she was lucky enough to bring a broken mind, and a broken pony together and found recovery was the result, it sparked a desire to allow others to recover through using connections to nature and the benefits of equine led learning and therapy.


Facilitator, Mindfulness & Well Being Lead

Darren is the least likely owner of a 'Barbie ' Pony in the WORLD! but, he is in fact the owner of our Princess Palomino Teddy. He is an Veteran Solider , a Mental Health first aider and an NHS front line worker in his 'spare time". He shares a family of four children and 'more cats than you can believe' with Bridget to whom he's been married for many years. He heads up our meditation sessions, and is currently developing a Bush Craft program supported by park rangers for our Carrot Club.


Youth Facilitator

Lexy is our Youth Facilitator and is in charge of our under 18s groups, she also heads up our youth garden project with Grow Wild and Kew Gardens. When not working with the ponies she is studying for a Degree in American Studies and Law at Derby University.


Trainee Yard Manager

Shara has joined our company as a Kick Start trainee ( obviously she isnt actually a goat - photo pending). She manages the day to day care of all our animals. She also trains with the horses and is training as a facilitator. She has a certificate in Mental Health Awareness and is studying Connection Training and for a Diploma in Equine care and psychology.

Barbara Harrison

Director / Secretary

Bridget Adams-Shaw

Managing Director

Darren Adams-Shaw

Safeguarding Director

Daniel Austin

Finance Director

Sharon Andrews

People Welfare and Policy Director

Lucie Palfree

Co Animal Welfare Director

Molly Jones

Co Animal Welfare director