Adam and Nicole were both born in 1969. Adam was born in Hong Kong, where his father was serving as a diplomat. When he was not in boarding schools in the UK, he spent his childhood living in Turkey, the USA, Nigeria and Gabon. Nicole was born in Quebec, Canada, but later moved to Milton Keynes. Educated in a radical state school, she was admitted to Cambridge in 1988. There she met Adam, and her first horse, Sensi.