|24 Feb 2020|
|AOS Alumnae News|
We were thrilled to reconnect with AOS alumna Theresa Morris (née McCurrich) recently, following the supply of colours to the School Equestrian team from her company Treehouse Sporting Colours.
We asked Theresa about life after School:
"When I left the AO (1985-1992) I really had no idea what I wanted to do. After a gap year of travelling and doing my British Horse Society Instructor’s exam, I studied Geography at Exeter University 1993-96.
After leaving Exeter, I had a year riding point to pointers and then I got job as marketing assistant for a local kitchen company. This didn’t last too long before going to work as a secretary for a racehorse trainer.
After a stint in the Racing world, I went travelling again, to Russia and Mongolia where 6 long days on the Trans Siberian Railway planted the seed in my head to start a company selling cross country colours based on racing designs such as stars etc.
My first big show was at Badminton Horse Trials in 1999 where I started with just a 2 metre stand. I used to combine doing shows in the summer with the tradestand and training racehorses in the winter months. Foot and Mouth epidemic in 2001 was a major turning point for me as it was pre-internet / websites and, as there were no shows for us to attend, there was no way I could carry on with sales.
I decided to do my PGCE to teach secondary Geography. I actually taught Geography for a very short time at RGS before returning full time to Treehouse Sporting Colours. Luckily, the company has gone strength to strength now with the rise of internet sales, and my husband Charlie runs the tradestands on the show circuit. We specialise in equestrian safety wear, riding equipment, cross country colours and horse racing silks."