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The yard is managed by Nicky van Dijk an experienced, qualified British Horse Society Stable Manager who organises several intensive training courses and also teaches the local pony club. The caring staff are very knowledgeable and constantly trained and updated.



Nicky van Dijk has been with horses all her life and previously ran her own livery yard and riding school in Hertfordshire. Nicky decided to move to Wales in 1986, she also took with her some of the elderly horses to retire in these beautiful surroundings. The Happy Horse Retirement Home was officially opened in 1989 and was the first private retirement home of its kind in the country. Most of our horses come from far and wide by word of mouth because of the reputation and trust we have built up over the years with our owners.