Visconte Simon Cocozza was born in Italy and educated in England. The family passion for horses inspired him to study for the BHSAI, followed by the Instructor training of the Advanced National Certificate in Equine Business Management at Warwickshire College of Equine Studies. This led to many years as a professional trainer contracted to some of England’s large equestrian centres. After returning to mainland Europe, Simon studied with some wonderful mentors and became driven to overcome the limits set by the horse industry on horses, and to discover the unifying principles behind Greek, Roman, and the Renaissance school of equestrian art to find ways of helping each and every horse be as healthy, happy and useful as can be. From his stable in Normandy, France, Simon became the first non-French national to obtain the Brevet Professionnel and become a trainer and examiner for the La Fédération Française d’Equitation (FFE). He now coaches biomechanically sound training techniques internationally.
Will Garfit was born in 1944 in Cambridgeshire where he still lives. He developed an award winning (Laurent Perrier, 1988 – now the Purdey Award) site of old gravel workings for wildlife and game which became the subject of a book Will’s Shoot in 1993, later as Will’s Shoot Revisited in 2005. He is well known to readers of the Shooting Gazette for whom he has written a monthly column on pigeon shooting since 1994. As a sporting artist he has been an exhibitor at the Tryon Gallery since 1981 and an illustrator of over thirty shooting and country sports books. He has appeared in the Top Ten Shots in various magazines and has sat on the Countryside Alliance Conservation and BASC Game Shooting committees.
Vanessa Bee is the founder of the International Horse Agility Club (thehorseagilityclub.com). With a training facility in England and her own method known as Positive Horsemanship, she specialises in building relationships between the horse and the handler from the ground up. Vanessa has been around horses most of her life, working in racing stables, then driving competitively in her early twenties when she was given an “unrideable” racehorse as a wedding present. She soon discovered that there are many ways of teaching horsemanship. Vanessa developed a series of courses that teach people of all abilities to achieve a positive relationship with their horse. By creating the ‘Club’, she provided a social and competitive outlet for those relationships to grow. Her previous titles include 3-Minute Horsemanship (JA Allen).
Tony Hall (1944-2015) wrote Falconry Basics in 2003 as guide for anyone, including those with no experience at all of the countryside and field sports, to the noble art of falconry . After encountering his first hawks as a teenager, Tony came back to the sport later in life, fulfilling his ambition to become a falconer and pursue his passion for flying hawks. He was editor of the British Hawking Association’s journals, and became a champion for creating access to the sport of falconry for anyone. He wanted others to experience the unique partnership of falconer and hawk and the connection with nature which that can bring.
Freelance journalist and author Tom Quinn has written for a number of national magazines and newspapers including the Times, Telegraph and Daily Mail. He was formerly Assistant Editor of Trout & Salmon magazine and editor of The Countryman.
Steven Gangloff, MD, received his medical degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine, and has research experience in genetics, molecular cell biology, and vascular disease from SUNY Fredonia, Harvard Medical School, and University of Pittsburgh. Steven is the Founder/CEO of Dehydrate2Store, served as the expert technical editor of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Dehydrating Foods, and does research and development for Dehydrate2Store.
Sharon Wilsie is a professional animal trainer and rehabilitation expert who regularly works with horses for private clients and at equine rescues. She develops and teaches equine –assisted learning programs at the high school and college level. Wilsie is also a Reiki Master/Teacher. Her book Horse Speak: An Equine–-Human Translation Guide was a breakout bestseller, and she now travels throughout the United States teaching her methods and helping others communicate with horses in their language. She runs Wilsie Way Horsemanship from her base in Westminster, Vermont (wilsiewayhorsemanship.com).
Stuart Wheeler was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford and completed National Service in the Welsh Guards. After practising for three years as a barrister, he spent ten years in merchant banking before founding the spread-betting company IG Index in 1974. A tireless campaigner against torture, he is a supporter of, amongst others, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty and Reprieve. In 2001, Stuart gave £5 million to the Conservative party, the largest donation in British political history. He was subsequently UKIP’s treasurer, and was also on the board of Vote Leave. He has three daughters, and divides his time between London and Chilham, Kent.
Susan E. Conley has a Master of Philosophy in Irish Theatre Studies from the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, an Honours Degree in Psychology, and a diploma in Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning. Conley is the author of three books Drama Queen, The Fidelity Project, and That Magic Mischief.
Simon Baynes grew up in Montgomeryshire where his father ran Lake Vyrnwy Hotel. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and read history at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he won the Dunster History Essay Prize. After a career at stockbrokers Cazenove & Co. and as Managing Director of the merged JP Morgan Cazenove investment bank, Simon moved back to Wales where he now focuses on writing and the local community.
He ran a second-hand bookshop for five years, is founder of the Montgomeryshire Literary Festival and co-author of Lake Vyrnwy: The Story of a Sporting Hotel. Simon has stood for parliament and been Mayor of his local town. His wife, Maggie, is an architect and he is Chairman of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, and together they share a strong interest in heritage and old buildings.
Sigrid Schöpe has been riding for over 40 years, focusing intensely on natural horsemanship, groundwork, and trick training. She has a background in both classical dressage and Western riding, but enjoys work on the ground and at liberty the most. She is based in Germany and teaches clinics internationally. Schöpe is the author of ‘Training and Riding with Cones and Poles’.
Stacie Boswell, DVM, DACVS, is an equine veterinarian who completed five years of specialty training beyond veterinary school, earning Diplomat status with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). Through this training, she has worked with horses in veterinary medicine in Virginia, North Carolina, New York, Tennessee, New Mexico, and Montana, completed a three-year surgical residency, and spent additional training time with pathology, radiology, anaesthesia, and internal medicine specialists. She has raised and trained her own horses for over two decades, and is a lifetime member of the AQHA and APHA, as well as participating in Backcountry Horsemen of America (BCHA), volunteering to keep trails open to riders and maintained in her region.