I was introduced to riding courtesy of a donkey called Muffin that was owned by a neighbour and kept on my Grandmothers chicken farm in Welland. He was naughty and I fell off him lots. Then I rode friends ponies and worked for rides at Carol Hatto's riding school, Carol now runs Coach House Saddlery. Eventually, at 12 years old I was allowed my own small fat naughty Welsh pony, I wanted to jump and he didn't so I ended up sat in the middle of prickly gorse bushes quite a lot. My parents are not horse people and hoped I would soon give up. I didn’t, although I had very little money to buy anything decent so when I left school I got an office job, so I could afford to event. I hated the office, but my addiction to horses kept me imprisoned there for 17 years. The first horse I took round an Advanced (Mutiny Bay) cost me just £900 as a green youngster from Janet Ball of Upton on Severn. I just love bringing on youngsters. I have started almost all of my horses from unbroken youngsters and believe that event horses thrive on the partnership of trust you build with them.
I left the office 10 years ago to coach riders for a living, I sell the occasional event horse but don't set out to make money from my own horses. I owe a huge amount to the support of my husband Anthony. We have been together 26 years and he is amazing. He broke his back point to pointing when he was 19 and was told he would never walk again, not only did he defy the doctors and walk he also became a farrier.
Thanks to the wonderfully brave Mutiny Bay and Trefeinon Icon I have ridden at Advanced on two horses with best moments being a clear round at The Festival advanced XC at Gatcombe and 15th at Little Downham advanced.
For 2017 I have a number of lovely 4 year olds, the one to watch is Renkum Capitano, it's early days but we are dreaming that he could just be my next advanced horse.