"This is Hawk (Mountain Hawk)
I’ve been following TBAITA for a few years now and after my horse retiring last year I felt lost without a horse in my life…
Covid prices for horses had completely priced me out of the market and it wasn’t fair that I could offer a lovely home without spending a fortune…. These Thoroughbreds just want someone to love and take care of them as they no longer want or can race anymore. I missed out on a few that got snapped up very quickly before I found this beauty with them…
I bought unseen as he was advertised in the morning and was on his way over to me the same day… I didn’t want to lose him so said I was having him as soon as I saw his photo. Really happy with him and he’s so kind.
I’d definitely recommend taking a chance with these guys… Thank you TBAITA"
"This is IceAge (Ice)
I bought him at the end of December 2021. The whole process of buying him through TBAITA couldn’t have been easier!
They were fantastic and even made sure to double check with me that I had seen in his details that he was a gumpy sod in his stable. He’s been perfect since arriving home, easily one of the best horses I’ve ever bought.
Thanks Again TBAITA 10/10 "
"This is Khairy, I rehomed him in November 2021. I have loved every day with him,he is the most gentle and loving boy. We have been getting to know each other out hacking and he started in the school on Monday proving to be a star!
Thank you TBAITA for doing what you are doing for these wonderful horses."
"This is my gorgeous 4 year old Blue.
I was looking for a horse and a friend of mine recommended TBAITA to me and I'm so thankful she did!
I would never have considered buying a horse without seeing it in the flesh but Monique Lyle and Suzy Barkley are so honest and easy to deal with that i felt confident to do so. I saw loads of photos, and video clips, and spoke with Suzy at length about him. I also did an online viewing which was really easy and worked brilliantly.
Blue is exactly as Monique and Suzy described and I am delighted with him. Like most ex-racehorses, he has perfect manners. He is easy to do in every way and a joy to own and ride.
I would recommend TBAITA to anyone that is looking for a thoroughbred. The entire process was incredibly easy including the transport from Ireland which they also helped me to arrange."
"I want to start by saying, that finding Una and rehoming him from TBAITA was the best decision I have ever made.
I contacted TBAITA on the 1st of September, both Monique Lyle and Suzy Barkley from the get go were so accommodating and patient (especially with the millions of questions I asked)
I’ve never bought unseen before, and it was the most easiest process of my life! Generally speaking i would never buy unseen, but this has given me such a new perspective!
With TBAITA, you have the horse's full history with a genuine and professional team who's best interests are in the horses, ensuring that their forever home is at the forefront.
From first point of contact, to organising a virtual viewing and arranging transportation it was the most stress free process. I cannot express how accommodating the team are!
Una made the journey from Ireland to Scotland at the start of October, and from the moment he stepped off the lorry, he hasn't put a hoof wrong. It’s like he’s been here forever!
TBAITA, a massive THANK YOU, especially Suzy and Monique for your work and giving race horses a second chance at life out of racing and allowing someone like me to have the honour of having such a beautiful horse like Una."
"Team TBAITA do an absolutely fabulous job!
This is my wonderful lad George, I have had him 6 months now and he has been an absolute joy to retrain. He has excelled in everything I have asked him to learn.
The rehoming process was so easy from begging to end. Monique Lyle has been contactable the whole way through answering endless questions and put me in touch with Suzy Barkley who sent videos, pictures and had a chat with me over the phone to make sure George would suit the type of life I could offer.
Suzy also helped me find a transport company and made sure she kept in contact daily until George arrived.
It has been an absolute pleasure, Monique and Suzy have stayed in regular contact since."
"This is Noble Dragon, we rehomed Dragon in October 2021 via TBAITA and he’s is the best 4yr old TB ever!
I had been following TBAITA for a while and enquired about a few possible horses, having rode a TB in my teens I just knew I wanted one again! In September, Dragon just caught my eye, I original was not looking for a young horse, but for me it was the right decision.
I had lots of questions all answered by Monique Lyle and Suzy Barkley, Dragon was exactly what his description said. Between Suzy and Anna we had a online viewing, and before I knew it Dragon was vetted and then on his way home to me in England Kent.
Transport was easy to sort out, Suzy kept me posted on his journey leaving Ireland, and the transport company kept me posted on his journey right up to 30 minutes before he arrived at his new yard in Kent.
TBAITA are fantastic, honest, kind and caring about these wonderful horses and their new owners. I keep in contact with the agency, even now I can ask any questions and they are so helpful providing advice and guidance back.
If I had the money and space I’d definitely rehome another TB from this agency, my experience has been only fantastic and positive."
"So where do I begin… after searching for what seemed like forever I fell apon this wonderful agency!
I had been discouraged of buying unseen as it hadn’t gone well with me before but I put my full faith into TBAITA and wow I could not be more happier with the outcome, meet tallulah (was Maggie ) an absolute all rounder of a mare!
I have now had her for four months and what a great time it has been already! We now have a few lessons a week and she is showing some real potential! I can’t thank TBAITA enough !! They are always willing to support you and are happy to ask any questions or worry’s you may have, thank you again to TBAITA I now have the horse of my dreams ! X"
"This is Snowy, now Lumi in her forever home. I was so nervous about rehoming a 3 year old thoroughbred unseen but it’s one of the best decisions I have made!!!
The process was made so easy and I had every inch of help along the way. We ruled out which horses wouldn't be right for me and if the lorry was big enough for me to have them all!! Im honestly overjoyed with my little princess. She’s super loving and kind, when she’s not showing me her attitude.
I would honestly love to get another one from TBAITA so bare me in mind for the future!"
"This is blue in his forever home. I would like to thank all at TBAITA for all there help, as they made the process so easy and helped in every way they could.
Blue is exactly how they described him and exactly what I was looking for, only had blue a week and he’s settling in nicely to his new home.
Thank you so much for allowing blue to be apart of my family, looking forward to the future with him."
"I would just like to say a MASSIVE thank you! I rehomed Max from TBAITA in November, after the loss of my horse.
I was scared and ultimately emotional, the British and Irish Thoroughbred Agency helped me choose the perfect horse, arranged transport and a vetting. Sooooo, here is Max!
A breath of fresh air, and exactly as described. In the short time I have had him (November 2021) he hasn’t put a foot wrong."
"All I can say is thank you so so much for letting me have this fabulous boy Trigga. He just keeps getting better and better and so looking forward to a winter of homework together to improve us both and get ready. He won his combined training and then jumped a lovely clear round in the 70cm for a 4th place! He even gave pony rides to my 4 year old little girl round the carpark as well, he is an absolute superstar. We love him so much and my little girl has already decided hes her horse haha!
Trigga is an absolute superstar and he's been out and about a lot recently, went for a clinic at Ros Canters on Sunday and he was just amazing.
He really is the sweetest little horse to have around and my daughter even brings him in from the field. I'm so excited for this year with him and our next aim is to get going in XC."
"We have had Houdini for coming up to 3 months now, and what a pleasure it’s been!
He is everything we were told and more, in the last 2 months he has progressed amazingly and so much quicker than we expected! He is now booked in for his first show jumping event in April.
The process was so easy and they really helped me make sure Houdini was right for me. Everyone was very friendly and the online viewing was brilliant! Any enquiries or questions we had were answered immediately and to great detail.
I was very cautious of buying unseen but it has been the best and most easy choice I’ve had to make, couldn’t recommend TBAITA enough!!"
"The lovely ladies at TBAITA asked if I could write a testimonial to help others who are thinking about rehoming an ex racehorse…
They say a picture paints a thousand words and hopefully our photograph and video sums up how happy this horse makes me.
Ballymadun has proved to be just as his advert described – ‘a very sweet and easy horse that is active and straightforward with so much potential to offer any rider that is looking for a get on and go type horse’.
From an initial enquiry Monique and Suzy made the process extremely easy and I did not feel pressured at any point to ‘pick’ a horse from the selection available. After some light hearted discussion on what I was looking for they suggested a few matches for me to go ahead and look on the website. They could have easily suggested some of the horses at the upper end of the rehoming fee bracket and I admired they made it all about the match than just the money.
Bally and I are already looking forward to the adventures ahead so you are thinking about rehoming a racehorse then TBAITA is the best place to start, no smoke and mirrors just upfront and honest advice for those who are serious about taking one home.
I would highly recommend the agency and many thanks to Monique Lyle and Suzy Barkley."
"I had been following TBAITA for a long time and was very impressed with the work they did.
When I got in touch, Monique, Suzy and Jo were incredibly helpful. They were responsive to messages, took an interest in what kind of horse I was looking for, what my experiences were and gave honest feedback on the horses I had shortlisted.
I wanted a young horse and was very taken with River. Suzy organised a video call for me to see him and ask questions, beginning from entering his stable to him being tacked up and ridden by Anna in the school, to a short hack outside. He was perfect!
The vet check and transport could not have been more of a breeze. Less than 2 weeks later, he arrived at my yard!
Suzy told me he had a gentle personality and was eager to learn. What an understatement. He is an absolute sweetheart! At only 3 years old, River is very calm and has a brilliant mindset. I've schooled him indoors and outdoors, hacked in fields of sheep, introduced jumps, rode bareback and even my 6yo has clambered on ... and he has taken everything in his stride (pun intended!). He is also the BIGGEST cuddlebug and often acts more like a puppy than a horse!
Having River join our family has been amazing, we couldn't be happier with him and the entire process with TBITA. He is well bred, well mannered and just a really wonderful horse!"
"Meet the gorgeous Roo he is an absolute star. He is so gentle with my boys, the dogs and with my retired Mare, the two of them even share feed bowls and are like two peas in a pod. He really has become part of our family.
Suzy and Monique were easy to talk to and were brilliant throughout the entire process, they really listened and I felt supported the entire time, from sending me pictures and updates and guiding me through a virtual viewing and advising on transport. Once they introduced me to Roo I knew he was the one.
He is just as they described brave and curious but with a lovely quiet nature. He always comes running over to see me every time I come to the field, he is willing to learn and loves to explore whether that’s walking out in the common or introducing him to new things.
We have mainly been doing ground work to take time to learn about each other and every day we learn to trust each other more. I will be forever grateful to you both for helping us find each other."
“I'm going to start by saying, that finding Joe and rehoming him from TBAITA is the best decision I have ever made.
I have followed the agency for a while before finding Joe and I knew as soon as I saw him that he was the one. Suzy and Monique are incredible ladies who know their horses and together with their people skills and expertise in the field of thoroughbreds they do an incredible job of matching horse with owner.
Don't let buying unseen put you off. I mean, generally speaking you would never buy unseen. The best buying situation is one where you know the history of the horse and at best, the person you are buying from.
With the agency, you have the horse's history and genuine and professional ladies who's best interests are in the horses so getting their forever home right is a must. If you still feel nervous about buying unseen don't forget how the ladies might feel sending their lovely horse to a new owner they have not seen.
It works both ways so the process is thorough and you will feel well look after and it's very personal making the experience exciting and incredible finding your perfect partner more than a worry. Moving forward to my Joe, aka Mountain Philip, he is everything Suzy said he was and everything I thought he would be and more. I absolutely adore him.
He made an epic journey from Ireland to Devon and from the moment he stepped off the lorry, he hasn't put a hoof wrong. I have had Joe for 3 months and the only thing that has been a challenge is managing the rest of my life because I spend all my time with him and absolutely loving it. I have taken him back to basics in the school to build his muscles up slowly, doing work which requires him to bend and use his body. It's all going really well.
He is a kind gentle giant and everybody loves him. He enjoys a cuddle and is a perfect gentleman to handle. He is wonderful to ride and I am really looking forward to our future together. My 12 year old daughter rides him in the school and they are building a lovely bond.
I can honestly say, he has brought so much into my life and it wouldn't have happened without TBAITA, so a massive THANK YOU to Suzy and Monique for your work and giving race horses a second chance at life out of racing and ordinary people like me to own such a beautiful, clever, full of character friend for life.”
“Harry is an absolute dream!
The whole process was brilliant and I'd honestly recommend rehoming a TB from The British And Irish Thoroughbred Agency to anybody. Mardle (now renamed Harry) is such a character and the sweetest boy!
I genuinely can't imagine my life without him now!”
“Well what can I say, buying Tivi (Multiviz) was the easiest unseen transaction we’ve ever done. From our initial enquiry we received a catalogue of available horses which we spent a couple of hours looking through.
We narrowed our search by listing the horses that suited our needs (full reports on each horse in the catalog) we chose Tivi. After some brief conversations with the trainer/owner we knew she was the one. She was in Ireland so we chose to buy unseen as we were assured if we didn’t get on we could find her a new home via the agency.
We organised transport and We haven’t looked back. She arrived and we got started straight away and she is a dream. We have now had her for a few weeks and we have already started some small jumps and she has been on hound exercise. We are taking her schooling slow but have got lots of things planned for her over the winter.
Can’t recommend the agency highly enough and I’m certain Tivi won’t be out last TB.”
“I highly recommend the British And Irish Thoroughbred Agency!
From the moment of seeing Ben up for rehoming, I knew he was the horse for us. The whole process was easy, from having a conversation first to discuss both mine and my new horses needs and to making sure we where a match.
I then had a video call with Suzy to see Ben and further talks. We decided to get Ben vetted and the whole process went smoothly. We where over joyed when be past his vetting and getting him over from Ireland was easy and stress free.
Ben is exactly as described, the agency care about their horse for there whole life and I know that if my circumstances changed out of my control then I have the full back up and help. They are always happy to hear how Ben is getting on in his new home.
I am so looking forward to mine and Ben's future together and can't thank the whole team enough for letting Ben join my family and being part of my life.”
“I found Eve through the British And Irish Thoroughbred Agency where I actually had my eye on another horse but viewed both instead and ended up coming home with Eve a few days later which was most definitely the best choice.
I can’t say enough how easy Monique and Suzy made the process for me, they were completely up front and honest from start to finish and so accommodating to what I was looking for, they were an absolute pleasure to deal with.
I would highly recommend them for anyone looking to by an ex racehorse, they are some of the nicest people you will come across in the horse industry and if I ever decide to buy another TB in the future they will be my first call.
Thank you guys again for bringing the best 4 legged friend into my life that I could have ever wished for, she’s came on leaps and bounds since she came home with me and is the sweetest horse I could have ever asked for❤️”
“Everyone at TBAITA were so helpful throughout the entire process, from responding quickly when I was first interested to the aftercare I received after purchasing Muki.
Nothing is too much trouble for Monique and Co. They really care about the horses and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another through them!”
“Robbie is doing very well here at his new home. He has a few new friends and the Robbie fan club,everyone loves him!
He has had no trouble with his injured leg after working in walk and trot on the lunge and ridden work. He’s such a good boy and a bit cheeky which makes me laugh a lot.
I feel very lucky to have Robbie and feel he is perfect for me. I have been telling others about your organisation to try and spread the word. Thoroughbred horses get such a bad press and that is just such a shame, they are fabulous horses all round.
Robbie hasn’t put a foot wrong here!
Take care and carry on with the fabulous work you do for this wonderful misunderstood breed. Thank you for having a Robbie there for me after the loss of my mare of nearly 20 years. X”
" After losing suddenly my warmblood I considered rehoming a thoroughbred. I contacted the agency and they made it very easy to access their catalogue. I was not ready to buy unseen so waited a bit before a local listing appeared. They were very reactive to give me a viewing. It gave me confidence the trainer was using the agency and the agency checked I was a good fit for the type of horse the beautiful Toby was!
I went to a very good respectable raceyard and immediately fell in love with the beautiful Toby!
I went out and immediately contacted Monique who explained what the process was to purchase. 3 days and a passed vetting later, Toby arrived to my yard!
He was obviously very stressed when he arrived but settled so well within 30min.
Within days he felt like he has been in our yard forever. Within a week he was happy staying 24hrs outside.
I have had him 2 weeks and he now seems so happy to see me coming to his field. I decided to give him a good break as he is only 3 for all his joints to rest but we will start very soon the groundwork before starting the riding work in a couple of months. I trust I could ride him now if I wanted but just chose to build our relationship first.
I am very grateful to the TB agency to have given me the opportunity to rehome Toby who is so good nature and so pleasant to handle."
“I've had Mal (now Malcolm) for a month now and honestly I'm in love! He's just the snuggliest, loveliest boy ever! He's so gentle with my children too. The vet, farrier and physio all love him. And he's just stunning to look at as well.
I've gone right back to groundwork with him and am working on straightness training and bomb-proofing. He's loving it though and is really keen, willing and brave. I'm going to carry this on over winter, then restart his ridden work in the spring.
As for rehoming him, I've honestly never ever considered buying a horse unseen before, but TBAITA were so helpful and reassuring throughout the whole process, that I never worried. Malcolm was new on their yard, so wasn't yet in the catalogue, but when I told Suzy what I was looking for she said they had a new boy who sounded like he'd fit the bill.
She videoed him being ridden for me, then a couple of days later we video called and I watched him be groomed, tacked up, schooled, ridden on the gallops and down the lane (past a field of cows and a donkey) and he was such a good boy.
They then arranged his vetting and transport for me. I just sent money and it was all sorted! The least stressful purchase ever! I really can't wait to see what the future brings with him.”
“I sadly lost my horse of 11 years and although I had my other horse we both felt lost. I searched for a horse but nothing felt right and when I saw Kealo on TBAITA and I contacted Monique to see if he was still available and he was!
I was honest with what I was looking for and Monique felt Kealo would be ideal. I had a online viewing with Suzy and loved how calm the rider Anna, the yard and of course Kealo was gorgeous, I had to have him.
The process was made so easily and the transporter was great! Kealo is so kind and loving and at the moment just being a horse. I would rehome again through Monique and Suzy and they are angels helping these gorgeous horses.”
“I came across The British And Irish Thoroughbred Agency at the beginning of this year as my horse is suffering from navicular syndrome. I contacted them around July and two weeks later I had Shadow at my yard.
The service is outstanding and I explained the type of horse I wanted and they recommended Shadow immediately, I fell in love with him without having met him in person, he was just the horse I was looking for.
We facetimed so that I could meet shadow and watch how he moved under the saddle, they answered all of my many questions without a problem and it never felt like I was asking too much of them. I know that purchasing a horse without meeting them in person is very difficult however you can trust the TB agency as they are honest and realistic about the horses they are trying to rehome.
Shadow has been with me for 4 weeks and he is the most amazing horse, exactly how they described with a very chill and brave personality with great potential. Next week we are doing our first jumping clinic so I am looking forward to having amazing times with him.
The one thing I was upset about was they would not let me purchase Monty the dog who looks after the horses at the TB agency in Ireland!
Outstanding service and the best decision I have ever made.”
“Have you ever thought that owning an OTTB wasn't for you??... Think again!
I obtained this beautiful boy from Monique at the British and Irish Thoroughbred Agency and he has proved to be one of the best horses I have ever had the pleasure to own. He surprises me every day.
He is sensible and has a fantastic work ethic. Monique is fantastic and will guide you through the process with all the help and support you need. Team TBAITA are amazing and re-homing and re-training is such a rewarding experience.
A decision you won't regret.”
“Rocky (Eddie) has been with me for nearly 3 months now, and from the moment he stepped off the lorry from Ireland (in the middle of the night 😳) he has been an absolute angel🐴💜 .
He’s taken everything in his stride- schooling, hacking, living out (even in this crazy weather), and even won his first dressage competition only 5 weeks into retraining with me!
Looking back, buying a horse unseen from hundreds of miles away was a pretty daunting experience but Monique was extremely helpful with communication between the owner and I, arranging the vetting, and suggesting transport companies, and made the experience far less stressful than it could have been.
I would absolutely recommend The British Thoroughbred Agency if you are looking for your new equine buddy (and already have!)
Thank you so much for helping me to find Rocky!💜”
"As soon as I saw Annie on the ITA and BTA website I knew she was the horse for me. I cannot express enough how helpful Suzy and Monique have been in helping me to find the perfect horse.
Every question I asked was answered promptly and honestly. The team at their rehoming yard in Ireland with Suzy Barkley were really happy to send loads of pictures and videos at my request. The whole process from start to finish was smooth and easy.
Organising transport was simple and Annie arrived early in the morning in beautiful condition. She has settled really quickly and isn’t phased by my cheeky gelding. She’s had a couple of days to relax and acclimatise to her new life and has truly found her forever home.
I would like to thank Suzy and Monique for keeping in touch through this period and for always helping and guiding me especially when buying an unseen horse. I’m really looking forward to mine and Annie’s future as we start her retraining and discover her potential.
I would 100% recommend using Suzy and Monique to rehome a retired racehorse."
"Hi Monique, just a quick thank you for helping us find Doris , she is fantastic !!!
The service you provided from start to finish has been amazing and i will certainly not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone who is looking for an ex- racer !!!
Zara and Doris have bonded amazingly, so a great big thank you from Zara and I for everything and we shall keep you up to date on their journey together."
"Would just like to say a massive thank you to Monique at Team BTA who has recently helped me find the perfect horse 😊
We saw Wilco and immediately fell in love with him 😍 The process was very easy and we where informed right through from seeing him to picking him up! 😋
Words can’t describe how well we have already bonded with Wilco , he’s so kind natured and we can’t wait to see how far he comes along with us.
I would like to highly recommend Monique , I guarantee she will help you find the perfect horse for you! If you are looking for great customer satisfaction and knowledge then Monique is the person to go to ! X"
“I received very professional and friendly assistance when looking for young Thoroughbreds off the track.
I would in particular like to thank Monique Lyle who helped me through the entire process of selecting the perfect Thoroughbreds for myself and gave me tips on how to take care of my horse straight from the track.
I purchase Kings Melody and Gravity Plane, If you are looking for someone to trust to find exactly the horse that suits your requirements and budget, I would highly recommend her!
"Thank you so much to Monique at Team BTA!
Throughout the process of finding my next four legged best friend she has been nothing but helpful and supportive. I went to try an amazing horse this week and even ended up sharing an arena with Badminton Legend Michael Owen!!
What an opportunity!! Would highly recommend her services to anyone that is looking for a horse"
“To the team and especially Monique Lyle who sourced my horses, thank you for demonstrating a sincere interest in my requirements and needs.
You excelled at providing me with feedback throughout the process of sourcing my PERFECT horses, as well as following up on how they're doing.
Always displaying a high level of enthusiasm, humour, and spontaneity- it was wonderful working with you, will most certainly be a returning loyal customer!
(Rubies For Royalty , Broad Haven and The Alamo) "
"I would really recommend Team BTA. Monique is fantastic and helped me purchase Kahdian.
Everyone involved, pleasant and helpful and very knowledgeable.
I will certainly be back in touch with Monique when looking for a mate for Kahdian Thanks "
“Dear Monique Lyle
Thank you for sending Lord Leigh to us. He is super and its been a pleasure doing business with you.
Look forward to doing more in the future with Team BTA.”
"Thank you so so much to Monique at Team BTA!
Super helpful with the purchase of Alex the Lion, answered all me questions, kept me in the loop every step of the way.
A super easy process. I would recommend to anyone looking for a TB. Thanks "
"Monique has found us the perfect horse. He's exactly what we had hoped he would be!
Monique has patiently answered question after question, helped me get his vetting organised and his transport to his new forever home.
She even put me in touch with his trainer so I could find out more about him. I would recommend her and should we be looking at increasing our numbers again, I wouldn't hesitate to ask Monique first. Many thanks - we love him! "
"I’ve been searching for a while for a horse, They have many good horses with great bloodlines.
I sent my specifications and within 24 hours got a response. They would send me an update every time a new horse arrived and did everything possible to satisfy me. I’ve honestly never gotten such good and friendly services!"
"I couldn’t have found a better horse, he is amazing! Monique really helped me find the right horse.
Me and Leo have only known each other for a few hours and he is already following me around the field, i love him thank you so much.
So glad you got hold of me!!!! Thank you! Leo is genuinely the best horse i have ever met and i am so happy for him to be mine !!!!!!! Nyah Uden“
"Monique, thank you for making Nyah’s dream come true. I am delighted with the care you have given with finding the right horse for her, as I am sure Leo will be, from what we have witnessed so far. Nyah is one happy girl and I am glad that she now has a real focus for her attention. I am sure they will make a great team. Judy Uden"
"I have the most beautiful horse and can only thank Monique for putting me in touch with the owner.
Monique was very patient and answered every ‘silly’ question I had until I found the right horse! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her and in fact I have already put another friend in contact with her to help her in her search for her new best friend!"
"The dealings that I have had, have been of great excellence!
Professional, astute, friendly and very accommodating to my every need regarding the selling of my horses.
I recommend to anyone within the equestrian industry looking to buy or sell a horse."
" If you are looking to purchase a Thoroughbred then this is the best place!
Monique was so helpful and answered all of my questions (a lot of them)!
Thanks again for helping me find Bandit, he’s already settled in ❤️ "
“I purchased Coolmill in September and the whole experience was amazing!
Monique was happy to answer any questions I had and was helpful in pointing me in the right direction to finding a transporter. Throughout the process I was kept updated even down to seeing a video of him being loaded onto the lorry!
When he arrived he was exactly as described! 4 months on and I couldn’t be happier with him, he’s perfect in everyway!
Thank you so much for helping me find my perfect horse! I will definitely be recommeding Team BTA to anyone looking for a horse! ☺️”
“I purchased Jimmy in November at it truly could not have been a better experience, I had been looking for a while after retiring my horse and faced so many difficulties with private sellers. The entire process with the BTA was amazing, answered all my questions with honest answers, and helped with everything I would need to sort.
Jimmy himself is fantastic and I am so happy to own him, he is so kind natured and my whole (not horsey) family love him, he is completely part of the family and I couldn’t imagine not having him. I am beyond excited for our future together as he really is a special horse.
I would thoroughly recommend the BTA for anyone looking for a horse, the most helpful service from start to finish and it’s lovely to know that there is still support available for any issues I may ever have. Thank you so much❤️”
“When looking for a horse I am always worried about buying unseen and I have never done it due to this worry, however, when my horse was unable to jump anymore I thought about getting an ex-racehorse. I was looking for months until I came across an ad about a 17hh chestnut named Teddy. I messaged ITA and BTA and got a message straight back with a link to other horses.
Suzy and Monique where so patient with me throughout the process and sent me through all the videos and pictures I asked for. Once I had decided to go for it the process was stress free and easy.
Getting him over to England was the hard part as it was Covid and Brexit but Monique and Suzy were completely understanding and was happy to keep him until I could organise transport.
They put me in touch with different transport companies and remained in contact with me throughout. Photos of my gorgeous boy were sent when he started his journey and a note sent with his passport.
I honestly never thought I would buy unseen but I definitely will be from these guys. Teddy has settled in well and is an incredible horse and I cant wait to see were we go.
Thank you to Monique and Suzy for all the help and support. I will definitely be a returning customer and recommending these guys xx”
“I knew from the moment I saw Dushys photo that he needed to come home to us! Despite buying unseen from Ireland the whole experience was made simple and stress free, even while I was trying to organise transport into mid wales (which is apparently impossible!!)
I was reassured there was no rush and he was safe and happy until we had everything organised. Dushy has been a complete legend from the moment he stepped off the lorry, hacking across open fields, past hundreds of pheasants and sheep! (we live on a shoot in Wales), popping logs and crossing water, all on his own ears pricked never questioning anything I ask of him, he has even got my inexperienced partner back in the saddle.
I highly recommend the British Thoroughbred Agency, the whole experience was brilliant and I couldnt have asked for more from Dushy .. he is exactly what it said on the tin! Thank you”
“I would recommend the Ireland and British thoroughbred agencies to anyone looking for a new horse to love. I can’t believe I’ve had Rocky 3 months now, he’s such a dream he’s such an easy 3 year old I’m always getting compliments on how good he is for his age!
The whole process of buying him and transporting him over from Ireland was so easy and would definitely do it again☺️”
“I had been looking for a new horse for a couple of months and was wanting an ex racer, soon as I saw Chad on ITA and BTA for rehoming I loved him.
ITA and the BTA where very honest with Chad, and answered all they questions I asked!
The whole experience was great!
I have had Chad since 18th December 2020 and he’s settled in great! We are taking things steady but he’s done everything I’ve asked of him! I can’t wait for our future together!”
“Getting sassy became a bit of a rush having her purchased and shipped over from Ireland within 24 hours. Ever since I got her she’s been an angel and hasn’t put a foot wrong.
Not what I was expecting because of her being 3 years old but she’s been a dream to continue teaching✨
Can’t wait to see what she becomes in the future”
“Well what can I say, I have been incredibly lucky to find such a kind, honest and beautiful horse through the ITA and the BTA with the help of the wonderful Suzy and Monique.
Suzy and Monique where absolutely fantastic, sending us every picture and video you could possibly need and giving us all of the answers to our questions.
I was extremely nervous about buying a horse from overseas and without viewing! but I cannot believe how easy and stress-free the whole process went. We knew every quirk that Nessy had before purchasing and it was an extremely honest sale.
Nessy arrived and we all fell in love with him instantly! Such a well mannered boy, a dream to handle, hacks out on his own and is super with traffic. Nothing phases him. A true gem and super safe!
I would highly recommend purchasing with the ITA and the BTA. I found a dream of a horse and it was the best decision I made! I look forward to our journey with this big beauty!
When my daughter Melissa finally came to her senses and decided she wanted to join her mum back on horse adventures never would I have thought we'd have found her soul mate on Facebook. The ITA and BTA put up a wonderful video of a horse in Ireland and without a shadow of a doubt I thought....that's the one. After a night of a few gins and a bit of encouragement Melissa agreed and made the purchase.
After a long journey Nessie arrived a little bemused and tired but still had to walk 1/2 a mile to his new, more rustic home. First impressions were wow! Well you're taller than expected but that was a good thing. Since that day he's never put a hoof wrong. At 17.1 he matched my girl just fine. The scars for which he had passed over by many simply faded into non existence by his pure soul, kind heart and acceptances of his new world. In simple words ...he's better in person and a complete angel.
The service and communication from Suzy and Monique and her team have been second to non in my extensive experience of buying horses. They are approachable, professional and always on hand to discuss issues and...share a giggle 🤣.
I wouldn't hesitate for a minute to purchase unseen from her team again. Maintains responsibility for horses who, for no fault on her behalf, have been sold who needs to be resold. Sometimes buyers need to really address what these type of horses need.
As for Nessie aka Nev, he is perfect. Melissa had her first lesson on him a few weeks ago and my very reputable trainer just.... gushed and couldn't believe my eye for a great horse still existed and what a buy we had acquired. Both he and my daughter will have such fun in the summer.”
“I feel so lucky to have found my beautiful Rocky! After a week of studying his photos and videos, something told me he was the one and I just knew he would have to be coming to live with me.
I was never worried about buying him unseen as a very trusted friend had recommended the Ireland and British Thoroughbred Agencies to me after buying her lovely boy from them a few weeks before.
Monique and Suzy are such lovely people and so very helpful in making the process easy. Nothing is too much trouble.
I didn’t have a clue about arranging the transport over from Ireland, but Suzy and Monique made sure it went as smoothly as it could be.
From start to finish the whole experience was stress-free and straightforward.
Rocky is a dream! I feel so privileged to have had the chance of owing such a lovely horse. He is such a beautiful soul and exactly what they described him to be like. ‘All he wants is fuss and love’ and he gets it in bucketloads every single day, by the whole family.
He has settled right in to his new home and is an absolute pleasure to own. He is polite, responsive and respectful...obviously due to the high standard of education been given by Team ITA and Team BTA prior to rehoming.
I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me and my new lifelong best friend.
Thank you so very much Monique and Suzy.... you have played a huge part in helping a lady going through a pretty rough time in her life, have something to smile for again!”
“Chicken (as she’s now known thanks to kids at the yard 🙈) has settled in wonderfully. She’s a super sweet girl with a brain for learning and nothing phases her!
She’s enjoyed time out in the field, a few rides in the school and lots of hacking with her new friends. The whole rehoming process couldn’t have been any easier, due to lockdown, visiting her to trial wasn’t possible and buying unseen made me nervous but the phone calls, pictures, videos and vetting all organised and sent in such a quick time really put me at ease. She is exactly what you said she is and I’m hoping we’ll have some fun together in the future. If I’m ever looking for another one you’ll be the first person I’ll call, can’t thank you enough ☺️”
“Hi, I bought Dior through yourselves late last year, after having some downtime turned away he is now on the way to being retrained. Thank you for making the buying process so simple and straightforward, always answering any queries I had and letting me know that support was there if needed. Thank you.“
“I can’t thank the BTA for everything they’ve done. Matched us up with the right horse.
Heather is super gorgeous and they helped me so much with the transport.
When she arrived she was super calm and laid back. She loves attention and I love the affectionate side of her.
Monique has been absolutely amazing and any questions I had she answered them. The updates were given and I was so happy.
I think we’ve found our dream horse. I can’t wait to get to know her more and give her the love and perfect home she needs. She is amazing.
Thank you so much.
I really do recommend the BTA to anyone wanting to buy an ex racer as the support is amazing.
Heather is at her forever home 😌❤️
“Goldie is going from strength to strength and loving his new life 🥰.
I bought Goldie after being forced to retire my old ex-racer. I had never bought unseen/untried before but due to COVID there was little alternative. I was slightly apprehensive but Monique and the team at BTA were so helpful and made the whole experience most comforting, always responding promptly to my many questions.
They could not have been more supportive and nothing was too much. Goldie has been a star from the moment he stepped off the lorry and has settled beautifully - I couldn’t be happier with him 🤩
I’d absolutely recommend Team BTA to anyone looking for a new horse - their support both during and after the sale is tremendous!”
“I bought “JUST ME” from the BTA in November, I had seen him and on their website and straight away had to enquire about him. Everything was explained in detail and after a few messages I had such a good feeling about the agency and the horse I committed to buy.
I had been out of riding for a few years and was assured he would be great for bringing my confidence back which turned out to be completely true. He is the most amazing boy, he is so clever. We have been training in flat work and he gets everything after one attempt....as most thoroughbreds do.
I would highly recommend the BTA when looking for your new best friend as I have 100% found mine and he’s going nowhere now.”
“I’m so grateful to Monique and the team for bringing Paddy into my life I didn’t realise I needed him just as much as he needed me. I spent weeks looking at various horses pestering Monique with loads of questions and I must say how she didn’t get fed up with me I will never know😂 everytime came back to me with everything I needed to know and nothing was to much trouble.
Everything was sorted for me from payment to him being delivered took all the stress away from me. I’ve never bought unseen and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I am so in love with Paddy and we now have an amazing bond, life with him just gets better and better and proving to be such a super star.
Thank you Monique and the team for all your help and I would highly recommend you to anyone and I know when I decide to get paddy a friend I’ll be coming back to you.”
”We would just like to say a huge thank you to the team at the British And Irish Thoroughbred Agency for helping us in our hunt for our new horse. 😁
Always patient and willing to answer any questions (and I asked lots as we looked for a while).
However when we saw Jimmy we fell hard for him and moved as quickly as we could to get more information, see more of him and ultimately buy him.
The whole process was simple and these guys are a pleasure to deal with.
Honestly, if you’re looking for a new horse I’d 1000% recommend the TBAITA ! They will do all they can to find the right horse for you and honestly they smashed it out of the park for ours!!
Jimmy has already changed our lives and is adored by the whole family!!
Thank you to the whole TBAITA team!
Fully insured and registered
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Currently enrolled with the BHS and doing all BHSQ Qualifications up to BHSI to be an established coach across all three Olympic disciplines.
Based in Fairford, Gloucestershire
“My son is a junior pentathlete who competes at the highest level so it is important to have someone train him with the knowledge and experience required to make him an Olympic athlete. Monique is that person she has an acute attention to detail and can make the small changes that make all the difference. Monique also has a bubbly personality that my son loves and always went at the level that made my son confident in his progression. He loves his lessons with Monique and always has fun.”
Alan And Billy Sampson
“Monique is a brillant coach.
I have learnt more from her within a few lessons than I had learnt over the past years. She has a very positive and enthusiastic attitude. Her teaching is constructive and she makes everybody feel comfortable and relaxed. We did not only work hard during our lessons, but had many laughs as well!
Monique, you are a real "confidence giver". I am looking forward to seeing you again.”
“Monique is the best coach I’ve had. From the first moment I met Monique she made me feel welcome and relaxed. She allowed my confidence and enjoyment to grow with every lesson which made me want more and more. Because of this feeling my riding was improving and I could feel myself growing as a rider. I would recommend Monique what ever your level of riding is, whatever your goals are, Monique will work with you to achieve them. Thank you Monique. Look forward to seeing you again soon.”
“Hi Monique - without a word of doubt Monique Lyle is the best riding instructor I have ever had and I have had a few. She has the ability to inspire confidence in the rider to enable them to achieve their goals. She gives clear instructions and constructive information and makes the lessons fun. My riding has improved so much under her guidance. Anyone who has Monique as an instructor is very lucky. “
“Monique is a wonderful coach with patience, understanding and enthusiasm with new/young riders. She has given our daughter an abundance of confidence and skill within her riding lessons.. tailoring the tuition to achieve progress in each lesson without pushing too quickly. The smile on our daughters face at each riding lesson tells us everything we need to know about how great a coach Monique is. “
“Monique is the best coach i have ever had i have learnt so much from her. She has improved my confidence and enjoyment in my riding again. I can not recommend her enough . I am looking forward to may more lessons with her.”
“Monique is someone who will work with you in order to complete your riding goals and make you a better rider, one lesson with her improved my riding skills, what I love about Monique’s teaching is she is understanding and works well for you to achieve what you want to achieve in your lesson .
I find her soft and professional approach brings a very welcoming and puts you at ease especially when you are a nervous ride.”
“Monique Lyle is a professional and passionate instructor with a real desire to help you reach your goals. I started having lessons with Monique at the beginning of 2018, within a short time I became confident in a multitude of different aspects. Monique not only taught me valuable lessons whilst I was in the saddle but also in the stable. I will continue to endeavour to have lessons with Monique on my own horses as I believe she is a true horse-woman.”
“Monique is incredibly professional and an extremely knowledgeable and easy going instructor which is why her lessons are so enjoyable. I Started having lessons with Monique at the Beginning of the year (2018) and in a short space of time she had improved my riding dramatically. She brings to everyone to lesson despite whatever the Cornish weather may throw at her such passion and energy. I would highly recommend her.”
“I have only know Monique for a few months but feel like I have known her for a lot longer. Myself, and a couple of friends were taught by her at the riding school we went too. The lessons were always very relaxed and we all got on extremely well. With Monique as our instructor we found that our confidence was heightened. i don’t know how, but she has this natural affinity with the horses and the riders. I even rode (although only in walk), bareback which I had never ever done before. I would absolutely and highly recommend Monique if you require anything to do with equestrian instruction.”
"Monique was my riding instructor for about 3 months. During that time I went on hacks or had lessons in small groups. Monique has a very friendly and calm manner that puts customers at their ease. As a customer this helps you relax and makes learning to ride / improving riding enjoyable."
“Monique Lyle , how can I even begin to describe how amazing you are . You are the best instructor that anyone could ever have . Thanks to you , I can ride with confidence and over fairly big jumps and not be scared to fall off or get it wrong . Again , thanks so much for the last few months and if anyone is reading this and get Monique as an instructor then you are so so so lucky!”
"Monique is someone who will work with you in order to complete your riding goals and make you a better rider- One lesson with her improved my position so much and I am a more balanced rider because of her"
“I thought that your lessons where really fun and you helped me to get jumping the height i wanted and what I found comfortable. I loved going out on the tracks with you because we always had fun and a laugh! You are such a good coach.”
“I met Monique when she joined the stables where I ride and got to know her quickly as she gave me lessons. The lessons were great fun as well as teaching me a different way to ride. Monique is a fun person with a great knowledge and experience of how to ride and of stable management. Her love of horses is very obvious. She has lots of patience with horse and riders.”
“Monique Lyle gave my daughter Shanna Sproule horse riding lessons, Monique is very passionate about what she does and exudes enthusiasm. She taught my daughter how to groom a horse, feed them, full tack and show jumping. Monique has a bubbly personality and her passion rubbed off on all her students and they wouldnt ever miss a riding lesson, regardless of the weather.
We have kept in contact with Monique and would highly recommend her for any position where she is involved with horses.“
“Monique is an amazing teacher.
Some of her qualities that stood out most for us was her positive and energetic attitude - that is so crucial when you have these little children with a passion for horses - her attitude nourished our daughters love and gave her confidence to ride and learn. ...
Learning can only happen when one feels confident and at ease with the people that is around you. Monique is very good with eye contact, truly connecting with the little rider, making sure they understand what to do and what to expect from the horse. She didn't only teach good riding techniques but also great horsemanship, understanding what the horse is experiencing and to be aware of what is happening in the surrounding areas that might influence the horse. As parents we learned valuable information about horse behaviour listening during the lessons. As a family we had many laughs during our daughters lessons. We are thankful for the foundation she has laid for our daughter.”