I was born 6th October 1993 in Pulham St.Mary, Norfolk. I was riding before I could walk as my mother had a riding school at the time(Willow End equestrian Centre). It was the only way that my Mum could keep an eye on me, if I was on a pony!
My first pony was called ‘Tommy’ an 11.2hh bay gelding who was a saint, I used to ride him on my own when I was just twenty months old at the time - the press and a television came out to take pictures and film me, I even made it into a German newspaper.
Pasty was my next ‘first’ pony, she was the same age as me – we had fab times doing lots of gymkhana games.
Rosie The Rebel was my first ‘proper’ jumping pony that my Mum got from a local auction when I was seven years old, she was beautiful but at first crazy and would walk on her hind legs as soon as I tried to get on her!
My Mum – Sue is my main trainer. We spend many, many hours at home working together with the horses, schooling and jumping them. We both believe that it is very important to have other trainers opinions and help, so I’m always keen to take up on coaching sessions. My main coaches are Paul Nunn, Barrett Watson, trainer of top show jumper Tim Davies and I have also had some very helpful lessons with Matthew (Matt) Lanni, who is one of the most highly qualified coached in British Show Jumping.
I started British Showjumping (BS) affiliated competitions at the Aylsham Show in Norfolk in 2006, it’s quite a big show and Mum had not told that I had been registered to jump as she thought I would be a bit nervous. I thought the jumps were a bit bigger, but once I started, I loved it!
I had five great ponies that I competed on until I come out of Junior BS at the end of December 2009; they were The Phantom Dreamaker, Ashfield Bobby Rose, My Thai, Wise Dennis & Ashley Rainbow. Four of these were grey ponies which I loved for their jumping ability but I really do not miss the washing of them before every show!
I attended City College Norwich for three years from 2010 – 2013. The Principle Dick Palmer and my course tutor Katherine Abigail were fabulous and it was thanks to their flexibility and support that gave me the time I needed to train and compete the horses whilst still working towards my academic qualifications. I even took Ranchwood Banana Split (Mac) to College for a sponsorship presentation. It was the first time in the history of the college that a horse had been in attendance and it certainly caught everyone’s attention! Mac was fabulous, he was not the slightest bit fazed even when led up a narrow disabled ramp and moved sideways onto the entrance of City College, he stood rock still taking in the view and posing for photographs.
At the beginning of September ’14 I set up Hot To Trot School Of Equitation as I wanted to help other people wanting to learn to ride, I had six lovely horses and ponies that I had hand-picked specifically for their temperaments and performance.
My Favourite pastime outside show jumping is doing nothing! As I do not have time for anything else or I'm too shattered to do anything anyway! – although my Mum says I do spend a lot of time on ‘Facebook’! But when I do have a rare chance to get away from the horses I love to go ski-ing.
My favourite horse and top ride is Jabberwocky (Ozzy) I have brought him on right through the grades (He’s now a Grade A) I have owned him since he was just a foal, my Mum found him in a terrible state of neglect. With Ozzy I have won National Show Jumping titles, he is the most consistent and gusty horse to have the privilege of riding.
My ambitions for the future? I would love to compete for Team GB (Well we all need a dream!)