Our Horses

ILPH Islay (Ali), a 17.3hh, dark brown TB x Cob gelding, born in 1995. He is a retired Strathclyde police horse. He has been on loan from World Horse Welfare to Liz Mackay since 2002 and is the 3rd WHW horse she has retrained for vaulting. He has been vaulting internationally since 2006 and has competed all over Europe and was selected to represent Team GBR for four consecutive years in Championships.

In 2014 he represented Canada at the World Equestrian Games in France. In 2017, he represented Great Britain at the Junior World Championships and the Senior European Championships which took place in Austria.

He has also appeared on stage in front of Simon Cowell and the other judges at Britains Got Talent.

He is now enjoying well-earned retirement.


Dazzling Edition (Darcy) is a 16.1hh, TB X ID  dark bay gelding, who was born in 1999. His sire is Catherston Dazzler. He arrived in 2010 and took to vaulting very quickly, loving the children and all the attention. He has worked with all level vaulters both individuals and squad.

Darcy is also very good at teaching people to ride being both trustworthy and obedient.


Toby is a 14.2hh, dark brown Welsh Cob x gelding, born in 2004. He arrived in August 2015. Toby is a perfect child's pony and has taken to vaulting very quickly, although he sometimes thinks he knows more than the coaches. He is always very keen to please and is schooled by Bryony Pettinger who competes him very successfully in showing, dressage and small jumping classes.


Ulisco de Montsec (Talisker) is a 16.2hh, bright bay Selle Français gelding, born in 2008. He was a chance find and came to Hillside in September 2017. He had very little muscle structure so was worked slowly and carefully under saddle and on the lunge to strengthen him. He was taken to watch Darcy in vaulting sessions and we found when he was finally introduced to vaulters he seemed to know exactly how to behave. He has become a truly amazing vaulting horse and is loved by parents and children because he has such a kind temperament. In 2019, he competed with our vaulters in France and Belgium (gaining two podium places).


Omeath Clover (Laith) is a 17.1hh chestnut ISHxID gelding, born in 2005. He learnt fast and adapted very well to his new life in equestrian vaulting. He enjoys being schooled on the flat and hacking out. He is very affectionate and friendly.

LCC Proano (Bramble)  is a 17hh ISH dark bay gelding, born in 2009. He is related to Laith through the sire Clover Hill. He is owned by coach Lesley Ross and is making excellent progress as a vaulting horse.

Anonymouse (Mouse) is a 17.3hh bay gelding Irish Sports, born in 2009. His grand-sire is King of Diamonds. He spent the 6 years prior to coming to Hillside in the scottish borders sharing a field with sheep and a shetland. We have brought him on slowly under saddle and introduced him to vaulting. We are very pleased with his progress and think he has a promising future.