Ross Nye was a well-known rider who, in 1965, established a riding school providing people of all ages and abilities with the opportunity to ride in Hyde Park. The riding school is situated in Bathurst Mews, Paddington and Nye founded it alongside Richard Briggs.
Nye was among the first people in the region to maintain the tradition of riding and London horsemanship, dating back to Henry VII’s time. The Rotten Row was one of the rides that Nye’s riders and horses enjoyed. It was popular and fashionable between the 18th and 19th centuries and was commonly associated with London’s upper class.
But, most of Nye’s clients were from an egalitarian background.
Ross Nye history
Nye established London’s first Pony Club, which did a lot of work for individuals with disabilities by allowing them to learn how to ride horses. Luckily, in the 90s, two more outdoor arenas were built to add more dimensions for training horses and riders.
Ross Nye grew up in Queensland, and he completed his university studies at Brisbane. After his graduation, Nye worked as a jackaroo before running a cattle station with Bill, his older brother.
Nye and Bill managed this vast area for ten years, and they used horses to get around quickly and easily. This eventually gave Nye the equestrian skills he needed throughout his life and career.
Ross Nye early life
Nye was born in a medical family in 1927 in Brisbane. He has three other siblings, and John Atherton, his late grandfather, was a miner and pioneering explorer that was significantly wealthy. Atherton had a scar that he acquired from an ambush back in the day.
Atherton was known for his Atherton EE2 horses that were famous throughout Australia, and upon his death, he was named after the Atherton Tableland Queensland.
Ross Nye was married to Ruth Farren-Price, a pianist that he met while working in North Queensland. Nye and Ruth traveled the world because of Ruth’s musical career. This took them to Britain and the United States. While in Britain, Ruth was a professor teaching at the Royal College of Music.
Ross Nye’s stable life
Nye always believed that his outback life gave him a positive attitude toward finding solutions to problems. During his prime years, he always encouraged riders and other people at the stables to cooperate and communicate well with each other.
This included the Royal Mews coachmen, the Household Cavalry, the Mounted Police, the clubs and riding stables, and the private horse owners. At the time, Nye was actively involved in the promotion and extension of riding tracks and stables in Hyde Park, including their maintenance and improvement.
In 1969, the London stables gained society approval for being well run thanks to Nye’s management skills and knowledge in riding. Nye’s legacy lives on as his expertise has been used for years to establish other riding centers in the world.
Nye created the Hyde Park Horsemen’s Sunday in 1968. It was a celebration that took place outside a local church, and it run annually until 2017.
Since Nye was always open to everyone learning how to ride horses, he made sure that his horses and ponies were available to the RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association). This was in 1972, and up to date, the stable still provides horses for the disabled in London.
In 1983, Nye established a riding club for his adult consumers. It was known as the Hyde Park Riding Club, and it gave riding enthusiasts the chance to compete with other riding clubs in the region. In 1989, Nye was asked to open a Pony Club branch at his stables, which he accepted with great honor.
Over the years, Nye has won several awards and received recognition for his contribution and services to riding. For instance, in 1995, he received the British Horse Society Award of Merit.
Ross Nye has two daughters, namely Kirsty and Lisa Anthony, and the former joined him in his business.