Alec's first introduction to the horse world was as a small child, living on a family farm in Essex where heavy horses were in everyday use. There was also a Shetland pony called Nobby who did not have any tack, so some was improvised with bits of string etc!
When the family returned to Yorkshire, Alec spent a period working in industry. He became interested in shooting and training gun dogs. He competed in Field trials and this is how he met Elaine who also bred and trained Labradors. Elaine was also involved with horses and a member of the Derwent and Staintondale Hunts.
After they were married, Alec decided the only thing to do was to learn to ride himself. He proceeded to train for the BHS exams and eventually became a British Horse Society Instructor. He worked tirelessly for the British Horse Society, becoming a Chief Examiner and sitting on many committees finishing on the Executive Committee of the Joint National Horse Council. He was presented with the British Horse Society Award of Merit for his services to the society.
Alec enjoyed hunting and this led to him competing in hunter trials and team chases. He competed in horse trials and show jumping. He showed horses in hand and under the saddle. Latterly, he moved into dressage where he competed with success on various horses, some of which he imported from Germany. Although he has finished competing, he still continues to be committed to training both horses and riders. He has enjoyed helping Charlotte in her career and now gets great pleasure from seeing his granddaughter Ellen following in the family footsteps.