I have ridden horses and ponies since the age of 5 and owned ponies from the age of 7. My first pony was a serial bronco who taught me a great deal: how to fall off properly, then how to ride compassionately to really get the best out of him. My subsequent rides (mainly youngsters) have been difficult in their own ways, too, but all have taught me that horses require kindness, patience, and consistency to bring out their potential.
I have competed at one-day events, hunter trials, and pure dressage. Competing took a backseat as I spent the last three years back at university gaining my degree and fitted in riding and teaching around a very busy study schedule. I tried my hand at arena and grass polo at Guards too due to a very special relationship between the university polo club and the Guards Polo Academy. It was great fun and reminded me of my younger days in PC mounted games teams which were thoroughly enjoyable.
I have a livery yard in Chilton Foliat and I spend my days teaching, schooling and helping others with their horses alongside running my yard. I have a young pony in to school and compete who is coming along well and will soon be out at eventing and dressage competitions. I also own a 4yr old KWPN mare called Hanna who who is aimed at dressage over the winter and eventing next season with the hope of getting to the Summer Dressage Championships and maybe the Burghley Young Event Horse final depending on how well our eventing season goes!
I am a qualified, BHS and PC registered, insured instructor. I’m also a trainee course designer for British Showjumping, and I regularly jump judge for British Eventing. I train regularly at Talland with the Huttons to keep my eye in on advanced horses. I groom and back-step for a competitive carriage driver, working with her two 11.2hh Welsh Section As, who are riding ponies as well as amazing driving ponies. Our outdoor eventing season this year has been very succesful, following a couple of excellent seasons on the indoor circuit. We work both ponies in harness and I work them on the lunge and ride them to improve their outline consistency, way of going, and lateral flexion.
I teach a variety of people on their own horses and ponies, work with clients with unbroken youngsters, and run monthly technical jumping clinics. I also teach at Pony Club rallies and camps and pride myself on being fun and informative when I teach!
I aim to explain the how and why of everything I teach so that clients are able to better understand and implement my advice.