I am a BHS Accredited Professional Level Five Performance Coach in Complete Horsemanship – or a BHSI in old money! I enjoy working with riders at all levels but particularly competition riders and career students. I have competed in British Eventing, British Showjumping and British Dressage so have a broad knowledge across the three disciplines.
I am currently working closely with my daughter Franki, who holds her Pony Club A test, in producing young horses into eventing which I thoroughly enjoy and find most rewarding. Last year Franki and Doc, who was just 6, competed in their first two Novice events with fabulous clear rounds in the cross country.
2021 is a bit of a slow start for Franki and the boys but their first entries are in and we are looking forward to getting back on the road. Doc will have a couple of runs at a 100 and then all being well will move back up to Novice. Goose will need to have a reminder of what it is all about so will have a couple of outings at Pony Club events first before he goes back to BE. Mouse has had a long time eating and growing – outwards as well as upwards! We will restart him and find some quiet low key events to go to which hopefully won’t be too exciting.
We can offer a schooling/competition livery service too if you would like your horses ‘potential’ realised!
Pony Club / Riding Club
I am chief instructor of the Essex Hunt North branch of the Pony Club, winner of the Naf Club of the Year 2020, and train the teams that represent the branch at National level. We have had a win with our Novice Eventing team at the Nationals following from a second place previously and numerous other placings for teams and individuals! I also train the older members who take their PC tests which are recognised world wide! I am an AH test examiner so have a good working knowledge of what is required at all levels. I love Pony Club and we have one of the largest branches in the area of over 100 members, so lots of events always going on. I run regular show jumping training over the winter and both show jumping and cross country when the weather is better! I am available for clinics on any of the disciplines for other branches or run a course for members to train for their tests, if this something your branch, or Riding Club, may be interested in then do send me a message. I’ve even ventured into online training which is good fun and I’m looking to do more of this to open up to riders from other areas.
British Horse Society
I also work closely with our local Riding School, Brook Cottage Farm, not only preparing the staff and students for their BHS assessments but also training riders, who don’t have their own horses, on the school’s schoolmasters. I enjoy working with riders who have an aim such as the BHS assessments and now, as the system has changed, I feel that these qualifications are on the up!
Over the Winter I have run online Zoom Courses for Pony Club AH testers and for BHS Stage 3’ers. These have been incredibly popular with attendee’s from all over the British Isles which has been great fun! These will restart later in the year.
I spent five years as an Equine lecturer at The Agricultural College in Milton, assisting in the running of Level 2 and 3 courses. I learnt a lot during my time there and this really helps me now to assist riders get the most from their horses and how they care for them.