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 (something she still does at the age of 10 occasionally!)
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 and then 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.
I gained my BHSAI in 2011 whilst working full time as a buyer, and currently teach part time at markfield equestrian centre and the rest of my time is spent doing freelance teaching- see teaching page for more details
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
2015-Qualified area festivals at NOvice (Arnie) and medium (Doris)
2004, prelim champion, bunny hill
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