I began riding for therapy at the age of 3 but did not begin competing until 2013 with Sarah Moreland. Sarah had offered to lend me a horse for a Lee Pearson Clinic held at Oaklands RDA, I was shocked as no one had ever made riding so accessible to me. Not long after that, Sarah encouraged me to get back involved with riding and introduced me to Clive Milkins. Between them, Sarah and Clive showed me a whole new side to riding and that seemed to ignite my stubbornly competitive spirit and I got a taste of competition at my first ever RDA Nationals in 2015.
In September 2015 I began a degree in Equine Business Management at Writtle University College and, in my second year, decided to buy myself a pony. We soon became members of the BEF Para-equestrian Entry Programme and took part in our first Para Home International and Bronze Championships. However, it wasn’t until I met my current horse Sam in December 2016 that I began to seriously campaign on the circuit. In 2017 Sam placed highest in the grade at the Para Home International and proceeded to win the RDA National Championships, and that’s when I knew I had a true para horse as a partner. Together, we went on to gain 2 more national titles in the Para Home Internationals (also placing highest in our grade) and the Silver Winter Championships in 2018. I have now, as of 2019, moved to Monmouth in order to continue chasing my dream, Sam and I are now under the amazing care of Ride2Achieve at Redbrook farm where we train with Jo and Janet Alderton and Clive Milkins.
Outside of riding I enjoy cinema, theatre, and all things nerdy. I am also a qualified proof-reader and have begun training towards my coaching qualifications. I have thrown myself into my riding and wish to begin my International campaign later this year.
Sambuca is a 19-year-old Belgian Warmblood with a cracking brain and a heart of solid gold. Whilst he is quirky on the ground and can be very cheeky, I owe my current success to our partnership. Sam continues to be loaned to me by Laura Johnson (owner) and he has taken me all over the country. I consider myself very grateful to have him and he continues to educate me every day.