I had my first pony Rocky when I was eleven but he broke my leg three weeks after we bought him by running into a car. My stubbornness and determination then began to show as I was still riding him in a plaster and still falling off every day (not recommended!). I went to work in a show jumping yard when I left school and very quickly learnt how to stay on and how to ride properly!
I worked for various show jumpers and then went on to have my own yard. I had horses from Novice to Grade A and travelled around the country competing - something that I loved and thought I would do forever. I then had problems with bones after breaking too many and was told to give up riding. I sold everything (very reluctantly) and got a "normal job".
A friend then got me into private driving but within a few years I was bored of the showing politics so took up scurrying! This now feels much more like my jump-offs in show jumping and I absolutely love it! I have some fantastic ponies and qualified for HOYS in my first year as a novice and then went on to qualify two other pairs the year after.
I broke in my palomino ponies (Suited and Booted) and they have been amazing, although not the easiest. They won the Points Championship in 2007 and although I had some brake problems early in the season, they were still 5th in the 2008 Championships. They were pipped at the post in 2009 and came 2nd. What fantastic ponies!
In 2010 I came 3rd at the European Championships. Chalk and Cheese beat the Palaminos in the Points Championship, who came 5th, but were still only five points behind the winners! 2011 had great highs and lows but all of my ponies have the heart of lions and try so hard that I could not ask for anything else. I had some great wins and places but missed a few shows, so the point’s championship was out of reach.
2012 was a difficult year all round. That said, the tiny amount of shows that I did, went very well and the 4 year old rescue ponies were absolute stars and proved to be an exciting prospect. I have two to break for next year and hope to start the 2013 season firing on all cylinders.