Stephen has been a farrier for over 30 years. He started his career in the British Army in 1984 with the Blues and Royals (Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment). During his service he has served in many countries both as a farrier and as a soldier, including; Germany, Cyprus, Canada, Africa, Italy, France and Switzerland, spending over 4 years overseas. During his service he has helped escort the Queen on numerous occasions including on Her Majesties Golden Jubilee, Prince Andrew’s Wedding, and the Queen Mother’s Funeral.
He has competed as a farrier for over 20 years both Nationally and Internationally including the World championships. As a Liveryman and Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers he takes an active role as an Examiner and Judge. He is also part of the Farriers Registration Counsels (FRC), ‘Visitation Panel’ which is responsible for inspecting the farriery colleges in the UK.
While serving in London he produced a paper on ‘Osteoarthritis on the Tarsal joint’ at the Royal Veterinary College. He has also helped produce a book on corrective shoeing by Simon Curtis, by writing a chapter on Donkeys, which has been sold Worldwide.
While serving as a Warrant Officer and being Head of Faculty of the Army School of Farriery (ASF), Defence Animal Centre (DAC), he gained many qualifications including the ‘Certificate of Education’ at Nottingham University. He was then awarded the ‘Meritorious Service Medal’ (MSM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2007, for his services to the British Army and Farriery.
After retiring from the Army, he now lives in Scotland with his wife Anna and two children Cara and James, where he runs a busy farrier and training business.