I decided that horses were going to play a great role in my life during my JRN years. I spent my GAP year as a working pupil for John-Paul Sheffield, gaining invaluable experience of the eventing world. It was then that I decided if I was going to enjoy University, horses were going to have to feature greatly. As I was dedicated to competing, and producing young horses, my only choice of Universities was Hartpury College- as they were involved in the Young Riders Squad. They had fantastic facilities for producing my horses… not to mention the course! I spent the three years at Hartpury training my team of horses with various different trainers including: Carl Hester, Nick Burton, Jamie Foyers, Nigel Taylor, and Patsy Bartram.
Fortunately, as my main horse was injured during my first year, I happened upon a horse to follow and to be her (rather more successful) successor! Following a good year competing at CCI** level and advanced, Talk Time lead me to my first representation for my country, in Portugal at the European Championships in 2004. I also got into International University Riding competitions, where I took Gold in Dressage at the Nationals, Silver Internationally in Norway.
Having graduated I moved back to Leicestershire, where I am competing and producing horses full time (and breeding for the future). I have just relocated my yard, to Old Dalby, with facilities that are out of this world for producing my lovely young horses. I am very excited about having these resources at my fingertips, and am already looking forward to next event season! The yard is in the heart of Quorn’s best hunting country, so my second passion will be at my fingertips too!
Hopefully the ‘string’ next season will include a 3* horse, 2 advanced horses, 3 Intermediate horses and a few Novices! Gosh, they’ve all come on a long way!!!
I am pleased to say, I have also acquired a few sponsors along the way: My main, long standing sponsor is Andy Wheals… The Saddle Man now Spalding International saddles… has provided me with their close contact jumping and dressage saddles. Collegiate Bridles support me- under the same umbrella as WeatherBeeta, so my horses always look smart in great quality tack. Storm Thermal Imaging, in the midst of rebranding as EquImaging, helps to keep my team on the sraight and narrow- I can monitor what is going on before it becomes a problem! Westville Therapy Units are the newest supporters, and their Pulse Electromagneting Units and Laser are helping me treat the minor niggles we pick up out and about: me and the horses!!
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