Rachel Brockington: Lead guide
A former detective with Devon and Cornwall Police, Rachel is an experienced rider, horse owner and a much-loved guide for Liberty Trails during the season. Besides her brilliant knowledge of the moor and its history and folklore, she is a brilliant rider, bubbly, capable and just great FUN to spend a day with.
Lucy Higginson: Communications, media and marketing
Lucy is a former editor of Horse & Hound who has worked, part-time with Liberty Trails for almost five years, having fallen head over heels for Liberty Trails, its rides, and Dartmoor itself during a first visit. Such was the success of her first Liberty Trails trip that she immediately booked to ride with us again, and has brought her family on holiday to Dartmoor at least eight times since! Lucy helps with communications, media queries, marketing, social media and guest enquiries.
Julie Vivien: horse host and guide
Julie has spent most of her working life with horses, from thoroughbreds to team chasing, Connemara breeding to showing. She has even competed a Highland pony stallion for her Majesty The Queen! Julie is also the owner of one of the lovely horses we’re privileged to be able to offer to guests, Graffiti, with whom she hunts for much of the winter on Dartmoor.
Elaine Prior: Liberty Trails Founder
Having worked and ridden in different places overseas, Elaine one day realised that absolutely nowhere beats the place she’d grown up in as a riding destination— Dartmoor! And so a business idea was born. Elaine makes our business stand out because of the supreme care she ensures we take to get to know you before you arrive, the sort of horses you enjoy, and what sort of memories you’ll treasure forever after a Liberty Trails holiday. She also has an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of tors, canter tracks, bogs to avoid, the best places to stay, visit, picnic spots and more.
Bob Prior: Operations, guest transfers, host and ground support
Bob is a full-time member of the Liberty Trails team, and Dartmoor based year-round. He magically appears with tea, water, a trailer or whatever else you need, and, with Elaine, knows about everyone on Dartmoor and thus is brilliant at helping iron out any of the little bumps that come with working with animals and British weather. The chances are you’ll learn to love a Bob sighting because it means water, a mid-ride snack… or perhaps even a barbecued Bob breakfast; one of Devon’s best-kept secrets!