I had my first riding lesson at 6yrs old and from the moment I climbed aboard that fluffy white steed I was smitten. From that day on I would ride regularly, saving up all my shiny gold coins until I could afford to purchase a four-legged friend of my very own.
My competitive career kicked off in the show-ring but my heart always belonged to galloping flat out across country & soaring over natural fences. Over the years I’ve had a few near misses; a nasty rotational fall caused significant damage to my spine resulting in months of rehabilitation, this never deterred me and I was back hurtling over ditches and hedges the minute I was able.
In 2012 I was diagnosed with Dystonia, an incurable neurological movement disorder. My legs, arms, and neck are affected, as is my balance, co-ordination and motor skills. As the disease progresses my body is a lot less obliging than it used to be, getting back in the saddle and regaining my balance is something I’ve had to work hard at.
Most people in my position would be content at just being able to ride, but for me it’s not enough, I missed the electrifying buzz and nervous energy of a competition arena. Inspired by the London Paralympics, I set my sights on competing in Para Dressage and representing my country on the world stage. I competed in my first Para Dressage event in January 2013 and I haven't looked back since!
New-Princess (Princess Fiona). 16.1hh, Danish Warmblood, Mare. Princess by name and nature! A true dressage diva who will bang the stable door if her demands aren't met. Princess and I made our international debut in July 2016. Since then she has gone on to represent GBR in numerous CPEDI 3* competitions. Princess is an ultimate performer, I can alway rely on her to produce a good test.
Remi (Kevin). 16.2hh, Oldenburg, Gelding. Remi is a loveable rogue with a wicked sense of humour, if he were human he would definitely be the class clown! Training Remi has been tricky, he had all the gear and no idea. We competed in our first 3* in Qatar 2019 with good results. Remi is motivated purely by his love for food, he travels to each competition with his very own lunch box & treat tub - I dread the day we forget to pack it!
Active Testarossa (Tottie). 16hh, Oldenburg, Mare. Tottie is the young gun of my team and is an exciting prospect for the forthcoming years. Tottie has had very limited competition exposure, she will be given time to develop and mature before making her debut on the international stage. Tottie is like a labrador, she loves nothing more than a cuddle and an afternoon nap!