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.


Dazzling Edition (Darcy) is a 16.1hh, TB X ID  dark bay gelding, who was born in 1999. He arrived in 2010 and took to vaulting very quickly, loving the children and all the attention. He works 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.


Omeath Clover (Laith) is a 17.1hh chestnut ISHxID gelding, born in 2005. He is learning fast and adapting very well to his new life in equestrian vaulting. He is enjoying being schooled on the flat and hacking out, aswell as training with Kirstin and Atholl. He has achieved his score to compete abroad at only his first competition in Scotland.