“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.
Stevenson Brothers understand that your horse is a valuable and well-loved member of the family. We also recognise that from time to time, your horse might need a little TLC, which is why we set up the Rocking Horse Hospital for expert rocking horse restoration or repair.
We specialise in restoring and repairing rocking horses, both new and old. Whether it be to get them in a condition to ride again, replacing the mane and tail or exposing and retouching the original paintwork. Each horse has its own unique character and our dedicated team works hard to ensure yours retains its individuality as well as its antique value.
As part of our service, we will collect your rocking horse, identify the maker, prepare an estimate and send you a valuation, all free of charge. These beautiful creatures need to be taken care of, and at the Rocking Horse Hospital, we are more than happy to help. Contact us today for further assistance.
Stevenson Brothers Brochure.
We are looking forward to receiving our new brochure which is currently
being printed on a Heidelberg Litho Press in Hawkhurst, 60 pages of
fantastic horses and other ani...
We are very excited to announce the launch of our latest short film about the making of Valegro The Rocking Horse for Charlotte Dujardin.
At Stevenson Brothers Rocking Horses, we have been hand-crafting rocking horses for over 30 years. The current range includes both new and limited edition pieces as well as miniatures, antique and restored horses. Each rocking horse is created to order and can be built to your exact wishes, perhaps in tribute to your own family horse. Choose the wood, finish, leather, tack, blanket, hair and more to create your dream rocking horse.
Our most popular rocking horses include classics such as the Dapple Grey (a favourite of Queen Victoria) and the Antiqued Oak. Limited edition pieces such as the rocking zebra (image above courtesy of Nicki Macfarlane) and Tinkerbell rocking horse as presented to Her Majesty The Queen are also popular and have become coveted collectible items. These are now all available to buy online in our rocking horse shop.
Create your Dream Rocking Horse
We can create a bespoke rocking horse for you which will become a unique treasure for your family for generations to come. Alternatively, you can use our interactive tool to design your own and order online.
Choose the size, finish, leather, blanket colour, trim colour, embroidery and even more to completely customise the look of your rocking horse. You can even send us your own materials to incorporate into the piece. 'Design your own' prices start from just £1,950 +vat. Contact us to design your own rocking horse.
If you have a rocking horse in need of some TLC, take a look at our rocking horse hospital which offers expert rocking horse restoration and repair to all models, new and old. As well as our rocking horse collections, you will also find a number of other handmade wooden products such as planters and see-saws, available for sale on this website. As a traditional rocking horse maker, we take great pride in our work and guarantee that every piece is handmade by an expert craftsperson. Find out more about Stevenson Brothers in our ‘About Us’ section, visit our social media pages (see links below) or browse our collection of rocking horses in the online shop.