Birth year: 2013
I was privileged to grow up around horses. My parents had a hunter livery and dealing yard and my mother and I ran a little pony dealing business. I have always loved producing young horses and ponies, and have produced all my horses from unbroken three or four year olds. The journey with the horses brings me as much satisfaction as competing. I evented for 30 years before concentrating on show jumping, and was a successful working pony rider and so my riding education has been broad and correct and the horses get a very thorough education and a variety of work. We are lucky to have beautiful hacking where we live. With a small yard I am lucky enough to be able to spend a lot of time with the horses, working out the best approach for each individual. When training others I like to continue this ethos, working hard to find the best way for each combination to progress. I have been lucky to ride some lovely horses, and was successful in eventing up to CCI3* level and have jumped up to CSI2* 1.45 level since turning to show jumping. While I was eventing I also competed successfully up to Elementary level in dressage.
It's exciting to be at Hickstead for their two week Autumn Tour and we've been lucky enough to be stabling at Breen Equestrian which has made it a much easier experience for both me and the horses. Both horses have had a few quiet weeks since their last show and felt a little bit ring rusty the first day. Askeaton jumped a good round in the 1.20 on Wednesday for the last pole in the jump off, and Khalissy felt a little bit rusty in the Newcomers and had a very big spook at the spectators sitting on the grass. It's easy to forget that she has hardly ever seen a spectator having been entirely produced during the pandemic. On Thursday Askeaton jumped another good round in the 1.20, and Khalissy jumped very well on the grass in ring 2, feeling much more like her normal keen self. On Friday Askeaton got the day off to a good start with a good placing in the 1.20, just missing out on main ring qualification, and Khalissy jumped an excellent round in a red hot Newcomers qualification. After a quiet weekend, and some field time for the horses we will be back at Hickstead from Tuesday, with the horses both stepping up. Askeaton to the 1.30's and Khalissy to the 1.20's and Six year old classes.