I'm 56 and have been riding since I was a little girl, competing in gymkhanas, local shows, pony club on ponies borrowed from a neighbour.
I never owned my own horse until I was married when I bought a horse for £100 which was going for meat. I have always taken on problem horses and turned them into advanced eventers, dressage and endurance horses depending on their aptitude. I trained as BHS coach becoming the youngest person to get the BHSAI. I developed my coaching skills and riding over the years helping riders and others coaches achieve their goals, running a competition livery yard alongside.
I was diagnosed in 2013 with a terminal neurological condition Multiple System Atrophy which enabled me to be classified as a Para rider. It was such a relief as I was struggling now to ride in able-bodied competitions.
I had managed to get to National championships as a Grade 4, coming 3rd - 4th in winters and summers.
I was then reclassified as a grade 1, became winter champions 2 years running on my own horse.
Diane Redfern approached me and amazingly offered me the ride on her horse Athene. I then proceeded to go to the European championship and take triple gold! Amazing experience!!
I had to then go through a few classifications where it was decided that I should be a grade 2. This was in 2018, another shock!
Hard work started with amazing support from the BEF, I managed to qualify my horse for the Nationals Summer and Winters coming 3rd and 2nd. Took her to Doha, another incredible experience, classified again, stayed a grade 2 went on to win the team and individual tests.
I love doing crazy things for charity and to push/test myself; wing walking, mountain climbing, abseiling - all the things I'm not supposed to do. If you tell me I can't I'll try to prove I can. Love reading and my dog! And can watch Pretty Women forever!