Early Years

 

In the beginning of my competitive career I was very lucky to ride some lovely horses. First came a pony stallion called Highnoon (Arnie to his friends) and he was owned by Claire Marie Senior who was a former GB Young Rider. Claire now owns Manor Grange Stud Competition Centre with her family. We contested the FEI pony tests for a season when I was 15 years old, which then gave me a taste of competing at the higher levels, making me more determined that Dressage was what I wanted to do with my future.

At the same time I was starting to back and bring on my young horses at home, which then led me to going to Gamblethorpe Hanoverians, where we bought some newly imported foals with the hope that we may find a future horse for me to train. I was then asked to train and compete on their four year old graded stallion, Rembrandt 11 in the Young Horse classes. We had a successful five year old season, coming 3rd in the Potential International Dressage Championships at Hickstead in 2012 and 3rd in the Shearwater Young Horse Final at Hartpury 2012. This was then followed by successes in the six year old classes leading to us gaining a place on the World Class Equine Pathway for potential medal winning horses! Whilst on the programme Remi was sold onto another rider, but fortunately we had Charlie at this point and we were on our way with our training. We were aiming for a Young Rider International debut for GB, followed by selection onto the World Class Programme in 2012.

Everything started to fall into place, achieving a place on the 2014 European Young Rider team in Italy, followed by making my International debut at U25s Grand Prix at Addington CDI.

 

 

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