Business Profile: HF Equine

Name: Henry Flood
Company:  HF Equine
Address: 36 Killyliss Road, Fintona, Co Tyrone
Phone: 07593365246

Can you describe your business?

HF Equine will provide the market with a professional equine breaking/schooling service, full or part livery facilities, Sales livery as well as experienced horse clipping services and an all weather floodlit Arena available for hire. HF Equine also offer experienced coaching and advice to clients with their own horses

Why did you start your own business?

From a young age I have always wanted to start my own business within the equine industry, however it was not until I completed my A levels I found myself unsure of what to do next. It was with help from my family that the idea to turn my passion for horses into a business came about.

What are the best things about running your own business?

Running my own yard is proving to be extremely hard work, For me the best thing about running this business has got to be when the long hours and hard work pays off and everything comes together, Most horses come to my yard as a blank canvas, it is so rewarding to see each horse head off to their new home to further their career and make a new owner extremely happy. It is also so rewarding seeing horses I have worked with and produced out competing successfully. Horses are very unpredictable but once they start to go well the reward speaks for itself and therefore the job satisfaction is extremely high for myself.

What are the main challenges facing the business?

Being located in Northern Ireland suggests that one of the biggest challenges has got to be the weather we are faced with, another challenge would be our rural location, although located in the countryside this this gives HF Equine many advantages. It is peaceful and offers excellent country roads for livery clients to enjoy hacking on. Ecclesville forest is only a short hack or drive away and provides excellent off road trails to enjoy for both horse and rider

What advice would you give to someone starting a business?

As long as the person understands the hard work, determination and drive required to start a business I would say go for it, if it does not work out at least you have tried and at the end of the day it could mean you spend the rest of your life doing something you love and have a passion for. I would definitely recommend speaking to a business advisor, this has benefitted my business significantly

Can you describe your experience of running a business in three words or less?

Extremely rewarding