SENIOR BHS APC
Aged 8, I badgered my parents into letting me have my 1st riding lessons - big mistake! A few years, and many show ponies and jumping ponies later, they were running their own riding school (Pennoak, Hammersley Lane, Penn) and allowing me to give free rein to my competing and teaching passions.
Aged 17 I took a short course at Porlock Equestrian Centre and gained my BHSAI. Continued training with Kate Hamilton FBHS set me up to pass my BHSII, aged 19. Since then I have continually updated my training with various trainers and examiners, see the list at the end of the page.
Occasionally I remind myself that I really should try for the BHS Senior Coach and Stable Manager.......
My competitive career has included eventing to Intermediate level, dressage to Advanced, show jumping to Foxhunter, showing to county workers, and Riding Club to National level.
I now compete my own horse, Fantasmic (Freddie - below), at British Dressage Advanced Medium and would love to go Advanced again..............
Thank you to my trainers over the years;
Monica Bainbridge who ran the riding school where I 1st rode. She let me ride all her Welsh ponies, including the stallions, and cuddle the foals which led me to be totally addicted for life...... Kate Hamilton and Pat Smallwood who instilled rigour, a love of hairnets and stressed that "correct" was the only way.........
Rachel Hillier who taught me to ride flying changes in a muddy field on my fabulous stallion and showed me that dressage was fun........ Maureen Newall who was unfailingly kind and generous with her time and encouragement........ Mike Garman (current trainer) who always finds the positive and gently cajoles me to improve..........
and of course the BHS, PC and BD courses and Conferences I have attended....... who could forget the Carl Hester BD Convention 2012?........not me.........
Personal Profile / Personal Attributes
· I am married with two children (the eldest of whom is a BHSII, SE) and have owned horses since the age of 8
·I am enthusiastic, fun, strong, determined, kind and slightly mad
Experience / Strengths
·I am an experienced coach and competitor, good team member and team leader
·I have run a variety of yards and taught all levels since the age of 13 (when such things went under the radar!)
· Recently - 3rd Restricted Medium British Dressage Petplan Area Festival 2012
·10th Restricted Elementary Summer Regional British Dressage Championship 2011
· Coached many riders to Intermediate eventing, Foxhunter Show jumping, Advanced Medium Dressage, Riding Club and Pony Club Area and National Championships, BHSAI & BHSII, Riding Club Grade 4 and Pony Club A Test
Previously - competed to Intermediate eventing, Foxhunter show jumping, Advanced dressage, County showing & Riding Club National Championships
·Ran family riding school
·Registered Freelance & Pony Club Instructor since 1981
·Pony Club Examiner since 1991, highest level examined PC AH
·Riding Club Examiner & Judge, held Riding Club Committee posts including Area 6 National Representative
·Work rider & groom for owners, dealers, point to point yards & international event riders including Andrew Nicholson
·Stood homebred stallion Scotch Gunner at stud & bred and produced homebred horses for sale and competition
·Show organiser including British Dressage and Riding Club
·BHS County Committee member
.Consultant to Riding Schools and Livery Yards
Aims for the Future
·Coach clients at all levels. I particularly enjoy dressage, lunging, test and examination training
·BHSI SM & SC
·Compete at British Dressage Prix St George level
Education and Qualifications
·Lady Verney High School, Bucks. 8 O Levels
·BHSAI aged 17, BHSII aged 19
·Red Cross First Aider (FAAW)
·British Dressage Judge List 6
·Pony Club Visiting Instructor and Dressage Specialist Coach
Hobbies / Interests
Reading and vintage cars