Firhill Stables

We have found the easiest way to remind ourselves of the answer to this question,is to share time in the company of a horse.
Our reason for opening Firhill is just this !!
We provide specialised one to one training for both horses and riders be it on a hourly lesson basis or encouragment and support for an established partnership.
We provide person centred tuition of any kind, to any body that has a desire to become more at one with the horses in their lives.
Our aim is to encourage riders and owners to listen deeper into the messages that education in Horsemanship gives us .
We let our horses do the teaching and give our 100% understanding the freedom and ability to develop an awareness of the world through the eyes of a horse
From this awareness becomes a confidence and desire to many doors in the minds of all.
The ability to communicate without needing words is only achieved when we listen to our own instinct.
Our instinct is a gift we will find in a horse .
Our services range from Freelance instruction and onhand 24hr support for horse owners , bespoke Iivery packages, lessons , stable management and horse husbandry training ,school hire ,starting of young stock, problem solving , rehabilitation ,assistance for buyers to find the perfect horse.
Becoming a partner not a passenger is an important part of our goal.
We are Accredited Professional Coach registered .we are DBS and Safeguarding registered plus fully hold First aid , HSE and accreditation to the National Autistic Society.
We are aware of the importance of ongoing support and sound advice. Our stable aims and strives to provide a non judgemental, confidential base for all that enter our gates.
We have a strong affiliation with the British Horse Society and their connections to welfare, access, rights of way, education and riding road safety.
We are happy to work with other organisations to provide riding opportunities thus allowing us to offer the stable as a location for clients with emotional and limited physical disabilities.
We will however be honest and refer clients that require a higher level of support back to the RDA should they require side walkers and a number of people during a session as a small business not funded charity we have to pay staff

Working with You:

  • Career planning
  • Education
  • Raising owner awareness

Our Aim

To make the dream a reality!
To prove that the trust of a Horse can be accessible to all that earn it .No boundaries only those we set for ourselves

Our aim is to enhance lives, self esteem and support individual's whilst they learn about the animals they came here for . We are a place where you can gather your thoughts !
Have some time !!
Chat with friends ,meet new ones !!
We are disorganised ,hair brained and Human !!
We understand confidence issues ,We appreciate how life changes can knock confidence,
How a comment might change your life !!
We only are here because horses heal us too !!!
Horses choose us ! They are non judgemental ,liberating, empowering and unique,
The magical attraction that they have to us is a wonder!
We are passionate about sharing what our horses give to all and aim to share this with others.
We offer the opportunityfor those wishing to get back into riding and Happy Hackers club for those of us that just want a quiet life.
Other Members of our team, all of which are admin on site, offer a range of talents,we offer confidence building, sports physiotherapy referrals and the opportunity to have an assessment onsite. Contact us directly to discuss your needs.

What's it all about...

Our aim is to give time , Listen to each learner, Not be governed by the clock . To be versatile to adapt and to be honest about our limitations.
We have ongoing training sessions and not pretend to know to seek advice from our mentors in autism and challenging behaviour ,to look at our own communication skills .
We are also proud to Show off our Autism Friendly award for our work one to one with the spectrum and results that have gained us our reputation.
We are not affiliated to RDA as we are specialised by our care qualifications .We are honest enough to refer clients to better equipped RDA centres if we feel it is of benefit to the student.
We would like to imagine that this would be the case with all stables.
As we are recognised for our experience with certain complex conditions we intend to focus on doing these well ,that training is only the start of understanding and is not learned in enough detail in a couple of hours.


Is Location important ? Ask yourself ?
How do you relax ?
Where and in what environment do you feel whole
Firhill Stables is situated in the Village of Nanstallon just on the outskirts of Bodmin, The House is set in 5 acres of the most beautiful Cornish countryside. Firhill is a Victorian cottage that we are lucky enough to call home, It has played a significant role in the history of the area .
Supporting Casualties of the first world war when sent home from the front line for respite and then later as a halfway house for patients recovering from Mental Health Issues before moving back into society.
Firhill is its own therapy just the space to breath to sit ,to think .
We are always reminded how everything at Firhill creates its own unique feel .


Firhill consists of a 25 x 60 outdoor sand ménage, with stabling for up to 12 horses.
We have a furry fleet that are used to outreach nursing homes , day centres and hospitals
Cracker our therapy pony also attends birthday celebrations, music festivals and open days


All weather covered Dutch Barn

  • Stable management tuition
  • Practical sessions
  • Therapeutic hands on sessions


The Vision

  • To see all that come through the gates of Firhill achieve their goals !
  • To explore full potential and gain understanding,
  • To feel valued
  • To not be on the meter
  • To be safe but not smothering
  • To give the wings but only guide how to fly



We are always looking for enthusiastic people to get involved at the stable. We also need escorts for ponies when we visit nursing homes, centres and schools and side walkers for our less able bodied clients during lessons. If you are interested in learning more about riding and stable management or just enjoy seeing the pleasures that horses bring to all, please contact us.



Make learning fun, make it relevant, make it achievable .
Listen to your pupils, be approachable, be a good listener.
Our goal is not to show you how we do it, but teach you to do it yourself.
To reassure that you are capable of achieving your individual learning outcome not by humiliation but re-enforcement .
You have the talent to do it yourself.
A good teacher does not show how its done but shows how you do it !!!


Sarita Perkins MBE 

Firhill are privileged to have Sarita on our team of mentors .
After spending a number of years building riding for the Disabled in Cornwall,
Sarita was awarded an MBE for her work with the Riding for the Disabled and her services to the people of Cornwall.
Sarita has empowered and enriched the lives of many and is still very involved in the Pony club, whilst producing and training young stock some of which are ridden by Lucy Wiegersmere

A WOMAN from Mylor who dedicated 40 years to a riding school for the disabled "danced around the kitchen" when she heard she had been appointed an MBE.
Sarita Perkins, 67, has been honoured for her services to Chiverton Riding for the Disabled and the community of Cornwall.
"I was a bit worried that I didn't deserve it but now I'm proud and think it's a lovely thing for the societies I help with," she said, adding: "Everything I've done I've enjoyed, but I've had the most amazing back-up team."
To celebrate, she invited many of them to a New Year's Day gathering to thank them for their support.
She began her association with the disabled charity as a helper but soon began to teach and then took over as chairman when previous incumbent Jennifer Williams died.
Three years ago she added carriage driving to the school activities. "I was conscious there were people who couldn't ride, or were too big or nervous to get on a horse," she said. "This is going from strength to strength. I can't describe it when someone who's never spoken says a word. It also helps the helpers; we get a lot out of it."
In 2009, after four decades, she stepped down. "It's something you can't just dip into," she said. "Some of the children are autistic and they need routine and structure."
However, she has not been idle. In Mylor, she set up a luncheon club three years ago in the Tremayne Hall which her husband Chris, a former High Sheriff of Cornwall, helped regenerate.
Mrs Perkins is also a vice-chairman of the village school's trustees, working particularly with pupils with special needs.


Josephine Batty-Smith BHSI

Jo is a talented and experienced trainer specialising in helping students to prepare for BHS exams and coaching assessments. She will also help horse and rider combinations with their training and dressage riding.
She has dedicated her entire career to equine education and has influenced and supported many of our Counties qualified instructors.
Jo teaches our Instructors at Firhill stables and is also avaliable for advanced lessons holding several clinics a month in Flatwork and Jumping
List 5 Dressage Judge.
Riding Club Qualified Panel Member.

A note From Jo
"I was born in Falmouth. Educated in various establishments in England and France and always wanted to work with Horses. When I left school I initially trained for my BHS Qualifications in Somerset. After gaining experience in teaching children was able to run a riding centre in Austria .I was there for five years and was lucky enough to receive training from Bereiters at The Spanish Riding School. Gain my Austrian Bronze Amateur Qualification and ride horses trained to Grand Prix.
I was also sponsored to compete in Horse Trials and Dressage.
On returning to the UK,I concentrated on helping people train for their BHS Qualifications at a top training establishment in Somerset before finally being able to return to Cornwall and work at Duchy College which was just starting to take residential equestrian students.
During this time I was also Chief Examiner for the BHS edited their definitive guide to horse and stable management and was National moderator a role I still have .
I retired after fourteen happy years at Duchy and now spend my time doing some low vel dressage judging and helping the occasional private client.
I have known Wendy for many years and admire her ambition and drive in finally getting this long held ambition off the ground.
She has considerable experience of helping disabled riders and we cannot have too many centres in Cornwall concentrating on one to one tuition tailored specifically to the individual
I wish her all the luck in the world."
Jo Batty Smith BHSI

Scott Tomkinson on site Physiotherapist

Scott qualified with an MSc in Physiotherapy from Glasgow Caledonian and is a state registered, chartered physiotherapist. During his training he specialized in musculoskeletal rehab and his work placements were mainly in an outpatient and musculoskeletal setting. He also learned about many other aspects of physiotherapy such as:- respiratory, neuro, and community. The city of Glasgow provided Scott with the ultimate learning experience where he shadowed and learned his profession from some of the top physiotherapists in the country.

From an early age, Scott has had a keen interest in the human body and how it functions. He excelled through school in anatomy and physiology. Being a County record holder which stood for 14 years, and competing at National schools level, Scott regularly picked up injuries from swimming and had to undergo surgery in 2000. As a result, Physiotherapy formed an integral part of Scott’s life which developed more interest in the profession.

In 2010 Scott had the opportunity to work within professional cycling at Team Garmin. Here he gained invaluable experience working with top level athletes. Since then he has never looked back, and has a real passion for cycling. Now a fully qualified Cycle-Fit analyst, Scott is one of a handful of people who offer a top line bike fitting service with a Physiotherapy eye. He is able to offer a unique service here at Firhill , Correcting riders in and out of the saddle during one to one sessions.
Scott has also decided to train in equine physiotherapy and Hippo therapy giving us another opportunity to work with less able bodied clients once qualified in this field .It is also a service that at present is limited in this county .http://kernowphysio.co.uk