This is me

I have ridden from a young age since starting lessons at Bank Farm Riding School at the age of 4 and I was fortunate to get my own pony, Kelsey, at the age of 7 from a local farming family. She was a bit wild and loved to take off with me if we were cantering with others so I headed for the dressage arena!! I knew pretty much straight away that it was the discipline for me. Kate Earthy, a local dressage trainer, taught me the fundamentals of dressage training and suggested the British Young Riders Dressage Scheme (BYRDS) and I am very thankful to Kate for starting my journey in dressage.

With Kelsey, I competed at multiple Inter-regional competitions for the BYRDS North West region at fledgling level.

After Kelsey, my parents bought me a little chestnut gelding called Duntarvie Catalan ("Cat"). He was a very cheeky 14hh pony who was extremely loveable and talented. With him, I won the BYRDS Home International Fledgling Championship and the U25 Pony Derby Championship. I also was placed at Open Dressage National Championships for East Cheshire Pony Club and was the PC Open Dressage to Music National Champion at the age of 10. I am grateful to the East Cheshire Pony Club and to Janet Horswill and Moira Lafferty within the BYRDS system for that vast training and competing opportunities that they gave me and for the continued support of my BYRDS Representative and Pony Club friends that I made over the years.

Whilst riding Cat, I was offered the ride on Northlands Royal Performance, Lottie owned by Darcas Lever. We travelled several times a week to ride her and I spent many happy days of my holidays from school with Darcas who is a local dressage rider and trainer in her own right. She gave me her time and the opportunity to ride other horses she was training at her stables and I am very thankful to her as Lottie was a super pony to learn the ropes on. I competed both Lottie and Cat in my first FEI competition at age 11.

After Cat came my dressage stallion, Danger 36 ("Homer"). Jorn Kubelke, my occasional trainer at the time found him in Germany. He was an amazing schoolmaster, aged 15 and lead me to great success going through National training to the Great Britain U16 Pony Squad and onto international competitions around Europe when I was 12 years old. With him I was National Reserve FEI champion, won 3 premier league pony classes and was selected for Great Britain for 3 internationals improving each time, coming 7th internationally at Roosendaal CDI in 2011. I also came 4th in the medium open regional championships. I was fortunate to be based with Peter Storr at the time and learned so much from him about riding stallions.

Whilst riding Homer I also rode Tymo, owned by the Thyer family. This proved to influence my journey greatly as I met Lucy Cartwright who became my trainer for many years and still is a close friend.

By this time (age 13), I was scouted to work part-time for Select Model Management in London, which I loved. I travelled to Europe to work and then on to the USA. I have worked for Bruce Weber for Abercrombie and Fitch, Pull and Bear and for fashion editorial magazines, such as Company magazine.

Then came Kaja di Valentina ("Kaja") who was an amazing horse whom we purchased in 2011 when she was 7 years old and I was 15. I had an unbelievable first year with her becoming Regional and National Champion at Advanced Medium and taking her on her first international for Great Britain U18 at Biarritz CDI coming 2nd in the Junior test!! This was one of the best years of my career so far and it was completed by an invitation to ride as a demonstrator at the BD National Convention in front of thousands hosted by my idol, Carl Hester MBE whom I have had monthly lessons with ever since!!

A further opportunity came with Classics Charmeur who was a five year old stallion that I was training and competing when he came to the UK for owner, Emma Middlehurst, before sale. It was great way to start to work professionally for an owner and this lead to a further addition to my career.

Peanut (le Chiffre) was given to me to train to FEI standard for future pony squad riders. He was also a rising 6 year old and my thanks go to owners Samantha and Bev Brown for giving me the amazing opportunity to train such a talented pony.I was delighted that I achieved international selection on Peanut at Hickstead CDI - rewarded with 67% and 3rd place in the pony individual at his first international competition at the very young age of 6!! This result ended my international career in ponies and I can never thank the Browns enough for supporting and believing in me and Peanut is now an experienced international GB pony!

I continued my 2013 season with Kaja with podium places in every test at Saumur CDI and also winning the Nations Cup as the first ever junior GBR team to do this and I feel privileged to be a part of this history! In that same year, I was selected for the European Championships as a member of 4 to be a part of the U18 Great Britain team with Kaja for the first time with our combined age being only 24!! (Kaja 9 and myself 15) What an amazing year!!

At this time, I was part of the British Equestrian Federation Excel Talent Pathway for the full 4 year cycle and supported by Sports Aid, as well as being a member of the Great Britain (GBR) Junior Prime Squad with Kaja.

In 2015, I had more podium places at Saumur CDI and a personal best in the Kur to music! I then went on to represent GBR in The European Championships again in 2015.

During this time in my career, I was based at DL Dressage with Lucy Cartwright and Daniel Bremner whom I will be forever grateful to for all the opportunities and support they gave me over many years.

After a busy summer, I moved back to near home with the horses, Santi and Kaja whilst I was completing my A levels and we decided that Santi would prefer a show jumping life to dressage and sent him home for further work with that discipline.

Shortly after, I was contacted and asked to take on a 4 year old stallion "Humus" for his owner Marleen Smith and he remained with me for 2 years until I left for University and together we became regional champions in 2016.

Late in 2016, we decided to look for a new horse as Kaja needed a quieter life after many years of campaigning for Great Britain and we thought we would commence breeding from her!

So along came 7 year old Ted (Gredstedgards Stuntman) purchased from Jayne Lancashire who is a Danish KWPN out of Stedinger! Prior to me getting Ted, he had no competition record at all and so far, we have competed at multiple Premier leagues at PSG level and we have done our first international competition together for Great Britain at Hickstead CDI, placing in the top 10 every day!!

With help of my monthly training with Carl Hester, I have now trained Ted to Grand Prix level and after competed at a couple of Inter IIs we are perfecting the Grand Prix test at home before our debut soon! My aims are to compete at U25 Grand Prix for Great Britain next season so watch this space!!

There are so many people who have helped and influenced me so far - too many to name but please know I am grateful and appreciate you all.

My aim is to always ride as sensitively but competitively as I can and I hope to one day achieve a medal for my country at some point.

I am supported in this aim by my sponsors, Cavalleria Toscana, Childeric saddles, KASK helmets, The Pure Feed Company, Synovium and DriRug


The journey continues .....