- Martin Whitley
I started using horses for falconry in 2001, by mistake, really. I had just set up my outfit, Dartmoor Hawking, doing falconry commercially, as a change of life after the death of my first wife, and had got back to my parents' farm where I kept my horse at the time. I was riding a Thoroughbred mare named Toffee (Takethetopoff), and a girl who worked for me at the time was having problems with a young peregrine falcon. Without really thinking, I said "Pass it up here," and there I was: on a horse with a falcon, and a little thing went ping in my head.