I've been around horses all of my life, as a child my grandad had a livery yard where I spent a huge chunk of my time. My Grandad bought me my first pony, a little welsh section A called Bertie who I shared with my cousin. I did lots of shows on the lead rein on this cheeky little chap but when I was old enough to go it alone he was far too sharp and I spent a lot of time on the floor! My next pony was called Pinocchio, he was a good honest sort and was worth his weight in gold. I spent many happy years on him and actually cried when I was told I had to move onto horses! Pinocchio stayed with my grandad and Bertie until he died in his late thirties.
My first horse was bought for me by my Dad when I was 11, he was a very naughty 4 year old welsh section D called Rodney. We began doing showing with much sucess, until Rodney got other ideas and we ended up being repetitivley thrown out of the ring for bad behaviour! We then turned to dressage with the help of our trainer Kim Sleath. Over the years with much perseverance Rodney turned from a stroppy youngster into a wonderful horse.
At the age of 14 I started to ride my grandads show hunters between them being broken in and sold on. At 16 I was allowed to keep the ride on one of his 3year old homebreds, Davina. She was a challenging ride and would buck and bronk if she thought it would get her across the fields any quicker!
When I was 17 my grandad retired and sold the yard so I moved Rodney and Davina to my Dads farm where I was living in Costock. In November 2008 another homebred Diamond came to live with us, he was absolutely huge even at 7 months old! He grew into a lovely 18hh horse with bags of talent but sadly had a very rare lung condition. Against the odds I broke him in as a 4 year old and turned him away. Unfortunately he died whilst out in the field playing with his buddies.
I purchased an irish mare, Doris in 2013 as a horse to do a bit of everything with and to have a bit of fun, this little mare has blown me away with her amazing brain and is now competing successfully at PSG, a long way from the intro horse I bought! In 2014 after the very sad loss of Rodney I bought Arnie, a 4 year old Hanoverian gelding to produce and move up through the levels. Arnie is currently competing at Elementary level with much success. He also enjoys his jumping!
I gained my BHSAI in 2011.
2004- Prelim champion at bunny hill
2006-1st place at Moorgreen show, Mountain and Moorland
2007-Qualified trailblazers elementary dressage
2008-Qualified elementary trailblazers dressage & placed, showing m & m and in hand hunter classes
2009-Qualified BD area festivals at elementary level
2010-Qualified BD area festivals at elementary level
2011-Qualified BD regionals at elementary and placed
2011-Qualified BD area festivals at medium level
2012-Qualified BD area festivals at meduim and advanced meduim. Placed at advanced medium.
2013- Reserve prelim champion at the Your Horse unaffiliated championships at Arena UK On Doris
2013-Qualified and placed at BD winter regionals at Novice on Doris.
2014-Qualified and competed at the BD summer regionals at novice and elementary on Doris
2015-Qualified arena eventing championship at Vale View
2015-Qualified area festivals at novice (Arnie) and medium (Doris) Doris placed.
2015-Qualified winter regionals at novice open (Arnie) and medium open (Doris)
2016-Qualified area festivals at Novice (Arnie) and advanced medium (Doris
2016-Qualified winter regionals at Novice (Arnie) and placed at medium (Doris)
2017-Qualified and placed area festivals at Elementary (Arnie) and advanced medium (Doris)
2017-Competed and placed at Vale View High Profile show in advanced medium and advanced on Doris
2017-Qualified winter regionals at elementary (Arnie) placed advanced medium (Doris)
2018-Qualified and placed area festivals at Elementary on Arnie, qualifying for the finals
2018-Direct qualification to the area festival finals on Doris at PSG