Whether you want to learn to ride in Cyprus, enjoy a beautiful family hack to the Sea Caves, loan a pony or own your own top level Sports horse – we at George’s Ranch are here to help you achieve your equestrian goals! Our gates are open and we look forward to welcoming you to our equestrian centre.
Proprietor and FEI Level II Coach
In 1996, George Ioannou combined a love of horses with natural business acumen and George’s Ranch was born.
An immediate hit with tourists, the Ranch quickly gained a reputation for laidback hacks along one of the most stunning coastlines in Cyprus. However, it was when Caroline Scambler joined the team two years later that George’s Ranch grew from a modest eight-horse hacking business into a centre of equine excellence that has since become the envy of the island.
Today, George’s Ranch is home to 40 horses and ponies, with internationally-qualified instructors offering lessons to riders at every level in all disciplines. Having established a reputation for breeding winners on the local and international competition circuit, the Ranch’s livery service also enjoys an enviable reputation with riders from all over Cyprus choosing to stable and school their horses at the yard. The staff also help with ‘problem’ horses, providing in-house training and support to ensure that all owners are able to have the best possible experience with their equine companions.
However, first and foremost, George’s Ranch remains a firm and trusted favourite on the tourist trail providing quality rides on quality horses in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Horses are not a job at George’s Ranch – they are a passion.
Caroline has a life-long love of horses and over the past decade she has combined natural riding ability with determination and dedication to become one of Cyprus’ most highly respected instructors and competitors, having competed both locally and internationally.
Initially instructed in the fine art of horsemanship by a local farrier (true story) Caroline went on to train at the yards of international dressage and eventing judge Mary Robins as well as the legendary Dutch rider and trainer Henk Nooren, under the tutelage of international showjumper Antonis Petris.
After achieving success on the international jumping circuit – with a particular highlight being the Mediterranean Tour of Spain in 2011 – Caroline returned to Cyprus to pursue her first love, dressage. She is now training two young stars of the future under the watchful eye of Carl Hester protégé Amy Woodhead and 4* International Dressage Judge, Peter Hansaghy.
Karen has enjoyed a hugely successful equestrian career over the years and her astonishing CV comes with a royal seal of approval, having worked for Prince Bandar bin Sultan in Saudi Arabia – a dream come true for an Arabian horse obsessive.
After gaining her first qualification back in 1976 – a UK Horse Masters certificate (BHSAI) – Karen has continued to add to her credentials, most notably achieving British Horse Society and FEI instructor qualifications and a Jockey Club license that allowed her to race her beloved Arabs in the UK, adding three flat race wins to her impressive portfolio.
Most recently, Karen has worked as an equine expert for the United Nations in Saudi. She also worked as the stable manager, head trainer and breeding advisor at the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Agriculture National Stud (Arabian Horse Stud) where she was responsible for the annual breeding plan, training and management of more than 240 Arabian horses
Michelle first started as a volunteer back in 2009, despite having a healthy respect bordering on fear of horses. Needless to say, she quickly overcame this handicap to become not only an integral part of the George’s Ranch team, but also Caroline’s trusted right hand.
Today, Michelle is responsible for the smooth running of the Ranch; ensuring the day-to-day needs of both Ranch and client horses are met from the feed to the stabling to the shoeing rota. She is the first port of call for all clients and visitors and she has become a firm favourite with nervous riders not only because of her calm and reassuring manner, but also thanks to her expert knowledge of the horses in her care.
Although Michelle prefers to keep her feet on the ground rather than in stirrups, over the years she has become an expert on the lunge and as a result she plays a pivotal role in the training of the Ranch’s competition and rehab horses.