A little about my experience, competition record and the great teachers who have guided and influenced me.

I started my career at Wellington Riding in Hampshire in 1982. I spent three years training with Jeremy Michaels FBHS and Robert Pickles FBHS amongst others. During this time I gained my BHSAI and BHSII. I was lucky enough to be given horses to bring on and compete and my love of eventing began here. I left in 1985 to start my freelance career.

After a couple of years gaining experience in riding schools I spent six months in Australia preparing youngsters for racing. On my return I rented a yard and started a livery and training business, employing three full time and two part time staff to look after twenty five horses and their owners.

I started eventing in 1989 with Rhosfarch Brith, a Welsh section D who also got me to the national dressage championships at elementary level. His Nibbs II, General Blaze and Galway Blazer followed and also provided success in what was then Open Novice level eventing. Donald Kear BHSI List 1 dressage judge and Debbie Melville BHSI BE Acc coach were my mentors.

 

 

I gained my Stable Managers certificate in 1990 and became chief Instructor of Southdown East Pony Club. From 1991 to 1995 I worked part time as a lecturer at Plumpton college training students for BHS exams and also had many students come to my yard for work experience and exam preparation.

At this stage I was introduced to the Alexander Technique and spent many hours under the watchful eye of Delia Rosenboom. This had a profound effect on my riding and teaching style and led me to explore other disciplines and philosophies that could apply to the development of horse and rider. The yard was sold in 1995 and since then I have been working independently.

 

His Nibbs eventing career was prematurely ended by foot problems so we turned to showjumping and dressage, competing successfully at Foxhunter BSJA and Advanced Medium dressage guided by Julian Campbell BHSI. In 2008 I was given the ride on European Baccara, a horse that taught me so much about the psychological and physical demands of competing at advanced level for both horse and rider. Together we progressed to Prix St. Georges.This was achieved with the help of Robbie Carpenter international dressage coach, who continues to inspire me.

  In 2008 I was awarded the British Horse Society Instructor  certificate, Senior Coach and Equitation and became an Assessor for Stage One and Two BHS exams in 2010.