Prestigious recognition for animal physiotherapist from Ballyclare

Dr Nicholas OShiel, Chairman of Enterprise Northern Ireland; Ruth Todd, BDO; Katie Jane Wray, Horse and Hound Physiotherapy; Simon Hamilton, Minister for the Economy. INNT 50-803CON
Dr Nicholas OShiel, Chairman of Enterprise Northern Ireland; Ruth Todd, BDO; Katie Jane Wray, Horse and Hound Physiotherapy; Simon Hamilton, Minister for the Economy. INNT 50-803CON

A Ballyclare businesswoman has won a prestigious award for her determination to help animals as well as bringing educational opportunities to others in her sector.

Katie Jane Wray of Horse and Hound Physiotherapy, Ballyclare was awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Enterprise Northern Ireland Awards. Katie works mainly with horses as well as treating a range of other farm and domestic animals. Uniquely, she also organises high level training for animal physiotherapists and their trainers, bringing in top therapists from the UK to offer the best possible continuous professional development.

In just one year, she has set up a thriving business and works across Ireland and is in such demand she accompanies some of her clients to prestigious shows in Europe. She said: “I always loved animals and grew up riding horses and competing in national competitions. When I was competing I saw the level of sports therapy given to horses. I spent five years studying and then went freelance, but I really wanted to start my own business.”