I have always lived in the Rochester area in Kent, I got my first pony just before my second birthday so riding became a way of life from a very early age, mum used to lead me up to nursery school on my pony Folly. My mother Kay evented to 4* level and has always been there encouraging me in my riding career. My sister and I were keen members in the pony club and participated in all the teams but eventing was my favourite discipline. I competed at the PC Championships on a number of occasions my best result being 2nd in the Open eventing class in 2008 on Happlebrook.
School wasn’t for me and I was more than happy to leave at 16 and began as a working pupil for Lucy Wiegersma. It was a very beneficial experience; I learnt a lot and rode some amazing horses. It was great fun and I made some fabulous friends. I left Lucy’s in 2009 and have been working from home ever since.
I run a livery yard with my mother. We have 19 liveries, plus 5 of our own and no staff, so mum and I work hard! But we do have some lovely liveries who help us when I’m away competing. Alongside running the livery yard, we have horses sent to us to be broken in, schooled or sold. I find I am teaching more these days and if that wasn’t enough, I work in the local pub twice a week as well.
Geronimo (Al), my 4* horse, came to the family as a rising 5-year-old for my mother, Kay, who competed him up to Novice level. At the time, I was riding a 16hh mare Happlebrook, who unfortunately needed 3 months off, so I borrowed Al just to tide me over for a little while… 3 months has turned into 6 years, and what a great 6 years they have been. I had to learn a lot to get the best out of such a big powerful horse but now we have an amazing partnership and really understand each other well. In 2011 we were selected for the Young Rider European Championships and at Blair Castle, finishing 24th. I have done three CCI3* on him and I have been 7th twice (Bramham under 25 and at Blair Castle). We have also done three 4*s (Burghley twice and Badminton). I feel very lucky to have ridden such a talented horse at my young age and realise I owe a lot to him. Unfortunately, last November he injured himself in the field and he is now on the long slow road to recovery.
The last few years we have been to Ireland buying a few youngsters which I have enjoyed bring on with the view to sale but somehow we seem to keep more than we sell, Ballycanu being one of them!