Director of Studies
Heather is the founder of Neue Schule and the NS Academy Director of Studies. Throughout her time running the Neue Schule Heather has created many innovative bits, including co-designing the award-winning Turtle range. Having developed a love for horses in her early childhood, Heather went on to focus on retraining racehorses, especially those that required remedial work. Heather owned and ran the largest stud in the north, housing 20 broodmares and 7 stallions. She also accepted visiting broodmares, was one of the first studs to use Artificial Insemination (AI) and embryo transfer in the area and worked with The National Foaling Bank, overseeing and facilitating many adoptions. Throughout her time working with young horses, Heather developed a passion for starting and producing Dressage horses and trained with many top Dressage Trainers. Before starting Neue Schule, Heather retailed for Sprenger, Myler, Abbey and many other brands. Heather started the first Bit Bank, allowing riders to trial bits before purchasing. Since starting the company Neue Schule, Heather has lectured globally, and has also Bit Fitted for many Olympic riders in every discipline.
aisha kirby MRES, BSc (Hons)
Aisha grew up with horses and spent many years hacking through the Derbyshire countryside and competing in local shows. She started her Equine education at Broomfield Hall College, before spending a year working hands-on with horses. Aisha’s love for both horses and science saw her progress onto a BSc (Hons) in Equine Psychology and Sport Science at Nottingham Trent University, where she graduated with a 1st class degree and an award for the highest grade of her cohort. Aisha then went on to complete a Master of Research in Equine Health and Welfare and hopes to progress on to a PhD in the future. Aisha joined Neue Schule in October 2018 as a Product Specialist, where she has particularly enjoyed public speaking and educating horse owners about bits and bitting. In her spare time, she acts as an Equine Welfare Advisor and Friend at the End for the British Horse Society.
Eleanor Neil, MSc, BSc (Hons)
Eleanor joined Neue Schule in January 2020 after completing her MSc in Equine Science at Aberystwyth University. Eleanor has had horses all her life, and particularly enjoys Dressage, competing up to Elementary with aims to progress further. She currently owns two horses, a Standardbred called Ace and an Irish Sports Horse called Gadget. Eleanor originally studied a BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Bioscience at SRUC, with particular interest in livestock nutrition. Prior to working at Neue Schule, Eleanor worked as a groom and rider at a FEI Dressage yard, gaining experience with competition horses, youngsters and stallions. As well as working as a groom Eleanor also volunteered for her local Pony Club, stewarding and fence judging.