Since the age of two
I’ve had a keen interest in horses and riding. My mum and dad both had horses and I loved being around them and helping to care for them, I had weekly riding lessons on a 15.2 coloured horse called squirrel at the local riding school. When I was 6 I started loaning my very own pony. A lovely old chap called Mouse. We did everything together, regularly competing on all the pony club teams although admittedly not always very successfully! He was a fantastic teacher as he regularly chose the complete opposite to what I wanted. Planting in gymkhana games, bolting in dressage tests, you name it he did it!
Highs and lows
Since then I have had my fair share of highs and lows with horses. After leaving school I worked in an event yard until I started out on my own, it was there I got my love for showjumping, where I have had many successes at national amateur championships, Hickstead, county shows from novices up to 1.30m. During this time, my best horse went lame, which took me in a new direction whilst he was recovering… dressage.
Once I started I was hooked, eventually converting all the jumpers over. They all made the switch effortlessly with wins up to medium level and regularly qualifying for Petplan area Championships and the Nationals. I was very lucky and acquired the ride on 2 different clients horses, one who took me to another level, with him I had my first taste of top hat and tails and competed up to PSG/ advanced and won the national veterans championships at both advanced medium and PSG.
The other was a little 3 year old who I had in for breaking, whilst here the owner asked if I would keep the ride and compete him for her, with him I went on to win the 4 year old BE classes! Recently I’ve taken time out of competition to concentrate on my family, and after the birth of our little boy I now have a very promising horse I’m working at home, he’s showing a lot of talent in dressage and jumping so I can’t wait to get him out soon! Doing what I’m still undecided… Watch this space!