I am 25 years old and live in Osmotherley, North Yorkshire. I keep my horses at a local livery yard and exercise them before and after work, around my full time job as a secondary school and A-Level English teacher. As an amateur and without financial backing from family, I often struggle to find the funding to allow me to compete at HOYS level within my equine discipline: showing. I do not have my own transport nor do I have my own land and therefore competing against professional producers at this standard is tough!! I would love to be considered for some extra support for 2013 and in return I would be happy to help promote Equilibrium products to the showing and racing industries, as Equilibrium is a brand I truly believe in and have used for many years. I represent county level, national showing and ride retrained racehorses to show hacks; however, I also ride out on racing yard, have owned point2pointers, I hunt in Ireland with The Meath’ I am a ride panel judge on BSPS, TSR, S4AS and Royal London panels and I compete on the local show jumping and cross country circuits- therefore, I could promote this brand to all aspects of equine spheres.
My background with horses and my results showing:
I began riding when I was about 6 years old at a local riding school and when I was 8, my mum, grandparents and my mum’s uncle clubbed together to buy me my first pony- Spice. After a year of hacking and competing at local showjumping, I then got my second pony at 9 years old (a 14hh, just backed, yellow dun Highland mare) who I sadly lost 2 years ago after 14 happy years together; she was my best friend. Her forte was ridden showing classes and this is how I was introduced to showing; however, she successfully competed at and won local showjumping and hunter trials too. She won the local county shows three years running and qualified for: PUK Kingsford Ridden; BSPS Novice and Open WHP and Ridden Summer Championships; NCPA championships, NPS Silver medal and won many awards for the Highland Pony Performance awards.
Unfortunately, I was unable to compete Goldcrest of Dykes (Dixie) at these championships due to funding and after she retired from showing, I decided to increase my knowledge of producing show horses and chased my dream of competing at the world’s biggest horse show – The Horse of The Year Show; I began working for Peter Emmerson, aged 14. I schooled up to ten horses a day and travelled the country grooming at shows, working in show horses and ponies and getting the chance to ride in the show ring at HOYS qualifiers. I just missed my HOYS ticket on a number of occasions on large intermediate show riding type Tarka 3rd.
After gaining this experience, I took some time out to save money to buy another show horse of my own, while at university. After years of saving, I managed to buy a project horse Traemarr Seattle and received sponsorship from Prestige Browbands and www.horsebitbank.com. I trained hard with dressage riders Kirstie Parrish and Sophie Barkee and began to compete again locally as this was all I could afford. After the horse gained top 3 placings at Royal London Horse Show and qualified for Equifest, I decided to sell him to make a profit, which would then fund my HOYS dream. In the mean time, I worked for Emma Blundell and schooled and hunted her show and PSG dressage horses, which was a valuable experience and allowed me to further my training and knowledge.
In 2011, I gained the ride on Deards Blue Print, as well as Time Out, a former HOYS winner as a large hack, whom I competed in large intermediate show riding type classes for two seasons. We gained some top 3 HOYS placings but kept missing our ticket. This made me more determined for 2012! Highlights of 2011 include: Champion PBA The Scottish Horse Show, 1st Hack Ultimate Showcase of Champions, 1st and reserve champion intermediate The British Elite Horse Show, Reserve Supreme Danibeck show, 1st Equifest, 1st BSPS 3A points awards winter and summer etc.
At the start of 2012, I began riding for local show producer Paul Langrick. I enjoyed riding his novice and open horses in the ring and in particular I enjoyed winning at BSPS 1a in the mixed height hack class and taking overall horse champion, which gave me a positive start to 2012 season. I also won and took reserve champion BSPS 3A ISRT with one of his horses: Ancoaran Roisin. I am looking forward to riding for Paul again this season.
I also rode in my first flat race for trainer Phil Kirby and finished 2nd at Southwell on Triple Eight, raising £725 for charity last year. I began riding out for Hogarth’s Racing and enjoyed schooling racehorses over hurdles and fences at home. I then purchased a point2pointer ‘Jack Boland’ who won his first point2point the first time he raced in May 2011. I then began riding for Phil Kirby Racing and recently started riding out flat horses at Edwin Tuer’s racing yard. I am hoping to take out an amateur flat licence and ride in some ladies races in 2013/2014 season. I ride out on weekends when I am not showing and also in my school holidays. When riding out for Phil Kirby, I came across my horse of a lifetime: Stevey’s Lad…
After qualifying Deards Blue Print for RIHS, Hickstead at White Rose County Show 2012 and shortly following this up with achieving my dream goal – to qualify HOYS, which I did with Time Out at Stithians Show, Cornwall, I then brought Stevey’s Lad to my livery yard and retrained him for the showring. He won every time out locally and so I decided to take him to Ponies UK National Summer Championships, where he won again in the ROR class. My final aim was to try and qualify a horse of my own for HOYS and to gain 2 tickets in one season when Stevey’s Lad qualified HOYS at Burghley Horse Trials in the main arena, was the biggest achievement to date. After that he also took racehorse champion at The British Elite Horse Show and finally topped his season with a 7th at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show on 6th October 2012, just 5 months out of racing!! His story was published in the HOYS Catalogue, which was a special memory to treasure. We are hoping to top this 7th result in 2013 with Equilibrium’s support. As an ex racehorse, I truly think he will benefit greatly from these products and he certainly enjoyed his massage mitt, which he won as my September prize! I love retraining racehorses and find it very rewarding.
I also enjoyed riding a range of other horses almost every weekend last year including: Monika of Whitefield (who I will compete this year in HOYS classes and Travelling Little Sister who was produced by Katie Jerram and who I won and took reserve champion on at Equifest on in the intermediate show hunter.