I have been riding my whole life, following in the footsteps of my mother Louise who runs our business at home, Wodehouse Stud – and I have been lucky to have the fantastic support from both of my parents throughout my riding career so far. I didn’t have the easiest of ponies, however I had lots of them! For that I am grateful as I really think it helped in making my riding very adaptable and being exposed to lots of different types of horses from a young age… as well as gaining “stickability” too! The turning point really was when I got my first horse when I was 13, Westwinds Ego, who was also very quirky and not the most conventional, but he was an amazing horse for me. He took me to the Europeans in 2015 where we won Team Silver which was a dream come true. This exposure to shows abroad at such a young age was a real eye opener and made me even more determined that this was what I wanted to do.
Having graduated from the Children on Horses classes, I began to look for a couple of younger horses to produce myself for the future. I was lucky enough to go down to The Billy Stud when I was 15, which is where I found my lovely Billy Colman as a 5-year-old. I fell in love with Colman instantly and was lucky enough to bring him home with me! Now 8-years-old he is my top horse who, at the beginning of the year, was selected to jump in the Youth Nations Cup Show at Sentower Park.
I also added Florida VDL to my string, who before coming to us had only jumped British Novice classes as a 7-year-old but, by the end of the year he had stepped up to jump his first 1m40s, finding it really easy! Rosso, as he is known in the stable, has also been a great horse for me. We jumped our first World Ranking Grand Prixs together and we even won a puissance when I was 17 jumping 2m15!
Having recently finished my A Levels, I am now starting a new chapter having moved down to work at The Billy Stud under the fantastic mentorship of William & Pippa Funnell, as well as Roger Mccrea. Having only ever been based at home, this is the next step I needed to take my career further and have a look how things are done by other people at different yards, as well as the invaluable training of course!
- Double clear Children On Horses Nations Cup Wierden 2015
- European Children on Horses Silver medallist 2015
- 2nd in the Children on Horses Championship at RIHS 2015
- 4th Pony Newcomers Final HOYS 2016
- Winner of the CSIYH* 6yo Grand Prix Chepstow 2017
- Placed at Lampretchshausen & Wierden Nations Cup Shows CSIOJ 2018
- Winner of the Arena UK Puissance jumping 2m15 2018
- 8th place in the CSI** Grand Prix qualifier Bonheiden 2019
- 4th place as an individual at Sentower CSIOJ 2019
Colman is a now 8-year-old owned by my parents and The Billy Stud. I have been riding Colman since the end of his 5-year-old year, having fallen in love with him straight away! Colman loves to jump and is super careful. He won the 6-year-old Grand Prix at Chepstow and went on to be placed in every 6-year-old Grand Prix he started in, including the National Championships. He then progressed into his 7-year-old career with a similar consistency placing well in Bonheiden and Lier in the CSIYH classes as well as in Lampretchasen and Wierden in the CSIOJ classes. Now as an 8-year-old, Colman has stepped up to 1m40 level placing in the Grand Prix qualifier in Bonheiden at the beginning of the year before being selected to jump at Sentower Park CSIOJ. He is the sweetest horse to manage and has never done anything naughty; he really is a star!
Rosso, as we call him in the stable, came to us as a 7-year-old with results only in British Novice classes, yet he finished his 7-year-old year stepping up to 1m40 classes with ease. When he was just 8 years old, Rosso and I jumped our first World Rankings classes together, as well as our first Puissance where he jumped an amazing 2m15! Rosso is a big horse, standing at around 18hh, so he has acquired the nicknames “giraffe” or “BFG” on the yard!