Banchory Rotary hears about work of charity

Banchory Rotarians enjoyed a trio of speakers at their recent weekly meeting.

Former Royal Marine pilot Jock Hutchison who, with his wife Emma, set up the charity Horseback UK in 2009, led the talk and was supported by two of the charity’s team, Andrew Heighton-Jackson and Jay Hare.

The main aim of the charity is to help with the recovery pathway of young injured servicemen and women as well as veterans.

Working with trained American Quarter Horses, clients combine western horsemanship, development of rural skills and adventure training.

For those with physical injuries working with horses provides mobility and the ability to achieve tasks restoring their confidence and dignity, while for those struggling with mental health issues as a result of service, the horses are used in a therapeutic role.

Following on from Jock’s presentation, Andrew and Jay who are a part of the permanent training team, outlined their personal stories and the parts which they play in working with the steady flow of clients who undertake the Horseback UK Courses.

At the end of the joint presentation Jock took numerous questions from Rotarians and Rotarian Sandy MacDonald rounded off the meeting with the vote of thanks.

Horseback UK has an interesting website at from which interested readers can find out more.