About Us

“A most unusual career and business choice” is what my twin brother Tony and I are always used to hearing since setting up Stevenson Brothers Rocking Horses thirty years ago.

Twins in business together is rare but making rocking horses, even rarer. The expression “nothing as rare as rocking horse” is one you may have heard.

Our inspiration came from our uncle James Bosworthick, and our father, who were Naval Shipwrights in the Chatham Dockyard. Tony and I were born in Malta and moved to Kenya in the 1950’s. Our Uncle James made toys and rocking horses all his life and we always thought one day we would be given one to share.

When we moved back to England in the late 1960’s, the wooden rocking horse we had hoped for never appeared. After a Grammar school education we went on our separate paths for a while. Tony into modelling, then tree milling and finally working in a draught office for a large American Oil Company in Hammersmith.

I took myself off to Art College and did a degree in graphic design, spending most of my time in the 3D construction department, designing and making educational aids for children with disabilities.

It was 1982 at a party on a friend’s Thames Barge at Hammersmith when we had a conversation about going into business together. We went to see Uncle James, who was still a one man band in Suffolk and was about to retire. He said that we definitely couldn’t stick at making horses and besides no-one wanted them any more as the first Gameboy computer games were appearing.

We decided to go ahead with a business in rocking horse making and so returned to see our Uncle a couple of months later. He asked for a £1000 to train one of us as an apprentice…a very wise move on his part.

We had to borrow the money and then convince our sister to lend us a shed on her farm and two bedrooms as well. Fortunately, she did and we moved into Finn Farm in Kingsnorth, Kent. The rest, as they say, is history.

Bespoke Rocking Horses
Today we are being commissioned to make an increasing number of bespoke rocking horses that look like a client's real horse. We offer a unique bespoke rocking horse service where a favourite horse is
Rocking Horse Brochure
View the latest Stevenson Brothers Rocking Horse brochure online or contact us to request a printed copy.
Before Stevenson Brothers...
"A most unusual career and business choice" is what my twin brother Tony and I are always used to hearing since setting up Stevenson Brothers Rocking Horses in 1982. Twins in business together is rar
The First Workshop
Finn Farm in Kingsnorth, Kent used to be owned by Freddie Laker. He had made a success of his business and we were determined we were going to do the same! Our first workshop was a tiny tin roofed ex-
The Early Years
We sold 15 horses in our first year. Within a year we had outgrown the farm and bought our first workshop in Bethersden, employing two friends as carvers. Initially we only made Dapple Grey rocking ho
Our Team
Most of our dedicated team have been with us for over twenty years. Our first secretary, Sue Russell, was made a partner early on and her commitment to the business is huge. She has been on board for
Charity Work
Over the years we have been involved with a number of charities, most recently CHIVA Africa. We worked with celebrities, artists and designers to create a collection of completely unique and innovativ
Testimonials
We are always delighted to hear from our rocking horse owners and have created an Owners Club to showcase some of their photographs and stories. We have also compiled a selection of comments from our
Videos
View a selection of videos from Stevenson Brothers Rocking Horses - including our appearances on The Discovery Channel and Four Rooms, our Christmas advert, product detail videos and event footage.
Work With Us
We have a fantastic team here at Stevenson Brothers and are now looking for an outgoing, confident salesperson to join us.
Home Visit
If you would like to order a bespoke rocking horse but can't come to our workshop, we can come to you.