I’ve been riding for over 35 years; you could say I was born in the saddle. I started show jumping as a junior in 1995, when I was 16, I got approached by the British junior team manager to see if I would be interested in joining the GB youth team. Unfortunately, I was very saddened to turn the most amazing offer down as I was turning 17 and going into seniors.
Over the 25 years of competing at BS I have competed at local and National level and have successfully produced many young or problem horses to Newcomers level, also having many wins and placings in big national classes. I have trained with some of the country’s top riders and advanced trainers along the way, I am a personal friend of Geoff Billington and have had the pleasure of training with Guy Williams, Stephen Hadley, Ian Stark and Joe Whittaker.
I now compete my main home-produced mare at Foxhunter and 1.25m level. I was placed 4th at the Royal International out of 160 riders in the Newcomers and was also placed in the top 16 in several other 1.10m classes at the Hickstead Derby Meeting and Royal International with over 150 entrants in most classes. This included having a super double clear and fast time in the jump-off section at the Hickstead Championships in the 1.20m open classic coming 8th, this was one of my goals for 2018.
My most pleasing achievement was qualifying for the International arena at Hickstead, we sadly had a pole down but I aim to qualify again and hopefully leave the jumps up! I also have a lovely new mare who I plan to get out in 2021 and have two youngsters that I bred from my old BS mare and they will be ready to compete in 2022 and 2024. I have an exciting team of 4 horses to compete over the coming years.
I coach many nervous novices to advanced level and have helped the more advanced riders develop further in show jumping. I was a team coach for the London Youth Olympics back in 2000 training a very novice team of 4 riders who had never competed before to Bronze position out of 35 other teams over up-to-height BS tracks.