The Centre of Horseback Combat is the brainchild of Karl Greenwood and Zana Cousins-Greenwood.
After a lot of hard work to find the right locations, the correct insurance and the riding school license the centre was finally open!
Zana's performance background started on stage when she was 3 years old.
Aged 9 she won a place at the prestigious Arts Educational School, Tring Park where she furthered her career in acting, singing, dance and music. At this time she also discovered horses but was put off riding by her parents as it interfered with her ballet and muscle development. Not discouraged Zana continued to have a love of horses and finally bought her own pony to compete in local x-country events on and pony club. After riding for her teenage years she still had the performance bug and dreamed of combining the two.
She trained to be a Trapeze artist, Fire eat, Stilt walk and perform aerial acts with her husband Karl and through having these skills found work at Lulworth castle for a jousting team.
So it started.............
Zana is an accomplished Jousting knight having performed in hundreds of Jousting shows and still performing with their own team Stampede Stunt Company.
She is a very experienced Trick rider which includes vaulting tricks, sitting backwards on her horse's neck and picking up hats, all of course performed at full gallop and can perform saddle falls and bull dogs.
She also is an experienced Roman rider (standing on the backs of 2 horses at canter), including four-in-hand.
Zana also rode with The Rockin' horse stunt team which have performed all over the U.K and abroad.
Zana also has worked in Dubai with Hoofbeatz entertainment as stunt team leader, teacher and show rider, providing Trick riding, Fire eating and Horse archery acts. Zana works with Niagara, an Andalucian gelding. He is 8 years old, he can lay down, sit up, rear at liberty and whilst ridden, joust, trick ride and loves jumping through fire.Together they make a strong pair and have a unique bond.
She is an experienced Horse Archer and teacher and has a passion for Horse Archery and the commitment to see this exciting sport brought back to life in the U.K and is on the committee for the British Horseback Archery Association( BHAA).
Other skills include:
Trampolining, trained ballet dancer, Dive master in scuba, kick-boxing, rock-climbing, fencing and broadsword fighting, British Action Academy Screen Combat courses - Phases I,II, III and has gained the Equity horse stunt test qualification.
She is also a qualified lifeguard, gym instructor and has a current first aid at work certificate.
The Centre of Horseback Combat : Learn Horse Archery, Learn Jousting, Learn Stunt Riding