Gerry Harrington has previously worked as a registered nurse and certified midwife both in hospitals and in the community. However, her love of horses began when she was a small child and put on the back of a seemingly giant grey horse. With non-horsey parents, the top of her wish list for Christmas and birthdays was always ‘A Pony’, but she didn’t achieve that until she bought her own horse in her late twenties. This boosted her enthusiasm to learn as much as she could about horses, how to care for them and ride with good communication.
After having children of her own and gaining British Horse Society qualifications, she worked at The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy in the New Forest to mix her nursing and equine careers. She is a great believer in teaching through enjoyment and realised how horses have helped so many people with their problems in life, as just by being near to a horse helps. She went on to gain a degree in teaching and continued working with people with disabilities for many years.
She now supports people to find careers and occupations for themselves in the horse or animal industries and helps provide the opportunity for them to achieve their potential and more self-fulfilment in their lives.