Rob first discovered his passion for dressage at the age of 17 when he began having lessons from the well-respected pony trainer Sonia Webster. He would work his weekends in return for lessons until he finally began working for her full time. This lead to 3 enjoyable years, in which Sonia gave Rob a good, solid foundation in all of the basics. You soon learn to sit still when being lunged with no stirrups holding a glass full of water!
Sonia then kindly helped Rob with gaining his new job as rider for Olympian and European Bronze medallist, Nicola McGivern. Here he would exercise Nicola’s top horses including the famous Active Walero. The opportunities that Nicola gave were immense and allowed Rob to compete successfully up to Prix St George. He also competed, with success, in the Young Horse classes notably with the grey gelding Active S Express. This partnership came in the top ten at the Badminton Young Dressage Championships and qualified for the Shearwater International Young Horse Championships where he went on to come 3rd.
In 2010 he was selected for the lottery funded BEF Regional Foundation Squad.
A chance meeting of friends at the end of 2010 saw Rob move to the stables of International Grand Prix rider, Anna Ross Davies. Here he would receive world class daily training whilst exercising her top horses as well as those in for training. He was fortunate enough to travel with Anna during her World Cup campaign. This saw him groom in Odense, London Olympia, Mechelen and Mannheim. Rob was lucky enough to spend time at the yard of German Goldmedalist Hubertus Schmidt – the God of training Grand Prix horses!
During his time with Anna, he was given a string of top quality young horses to bring on and compete on behalf of her owners. These included the Southern Cross Stud horses with which he achieved regular success.
The generosity and support of both Anna and her owners was invaluable to him and he appreciates the opportunities that were provided by them.
During the summer of 2013 Rob moved to his new base at Hammer & Harp Farm. With the fantastic facilities that are on offer he can provide top class livery and training for all horses and riders.
Rob’s Notable Achievements
- Qualified for the 2014 Summer regional championships at Elementary and Medium with Rhodesia.
- Elementary Open National Champion at Winter Championships with Rhodesia
- 2013 Novice & Elementary Central Regional Champions with Rhodesia
- 4th in the Novice Freestyle to music at the NAF Winter Dressage Championships with Rhodesia
What Rob Has To Say about Equilibrium Products
“In my job it is important that the horses always feel at the top of their game. This is why I use Equilibrium Therapy Massage Pad! My competition horses use it on a daily basis before and after exercise, ensuring that their bodies get the best care and attention.
The stretch & flex wraps provide good protection to the horses legs, are easy to clean and most importantly…are great value for money.
For me Equilibrium products are by far the best on the market.”
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