ELC Animal Therapy
Contact: Emma Clayden
Telephone: 07710 698290
Emma has had a passion for animals all her life and was inspired at a young age when her father Steve had racehorses, and she grew up watching their success.
As soon as she was old enough, she began following her cousins who were based at a local riding school and helped them wherever possible. This led to Emma eventually persuading her father to take her to Attridge's Equestrian Centre to learn to ride.
Here, Emma learnt the ropes and would be found mucking out or grooming a horse in every ounce of her spare time.
This led to a quick progression and within 2 years, she was riding as an affiliated Junior rider. She rode numerous ponies - from young to quirky - for the yard owner to sell on.
Emma got her first pony at 14 years old and landed a pony called Legan.
Legan had been mistreated somewhat and Emma created a bond with this pony. It shone through to a lot of people that she had the patience the animals needed. She went on to take this pony to Pony of the Year show on numerous occasions and got placed in the top ten at every event - despite peoples doubts and expectations.
Emma supported the carriage driving world, producing a young Hackney horse for competition classes, grooming for individuals and team drivers at world championships, and helping drivers new to the sport learn the ropes.
Currently, Emma has a British Warmblood DJ, of whom she is hoping to compete in the UK and Europe and fulfil her competition dreams at an amateur level.
This came after losing her best show jumping horse, Ollie, which inspired Emma to become a physiotherapist.
Emma’s long-term goals are to help as many people and their horses as possible, promote physiotherapy and maintenance treatments of horses in parts of Europe that are not currently understood, and ensure as many people as possible can benefit from what she can offer.