Michael Whippey’s love of horses began when he started riding at the age of five. It has taken him from his home in Aberdare via a world famous English riding school to an equestrian centre in Buckinghamshire where he has recently been promoted to chief instructor.
He obtained a BTEC National Diploma in horse management with triple distinctions, a British Horse Society assistant instructor certificate and the BHS intermediate instructor certificate. He had to wait until he was 22 last year to take the BHS Senior Equitation exam, which he passed first time. He will become one of the youngest qualified instructors in the country if he passes the final BHS Coaching exams this month.
“My advice to anyone who is leaving school and choosing a career is to do something that they love doing. I never feel like I’m going to work. It’s more of a lifestyle and passion.”