Tell us a little about the history of your riding.
I started in Pony Club and rode in the agricultural shows around the Wheatbelt region. In those days we rode in show classes in the morning and jumped and or did novelties in the afternoon. I’ve always trained my own horses and still do today. I often wondered what it’s like to have instant success on a ‘ready made’ horse.
I have competed in jumping competitions in South Africa, Zimbabwe’s and the UK.
Back in WA I specialised in Eventing and represented Australia in teams competitions against various countries in Pony Club and individually for WA.
I was selected to represent WA at the Gawler 3DE but was threatened to lose my job so didn’t go. I was a high school teacher in those days and getting time off for sporting events was frowned upon.
I turned to dressage after an extensive Eventing career and now are rapidly trying to expand my knowledge about higher level dressage training. I love the mental challenge of training my horses, and although I hit brick walls I still get up each morning with new motivation to work through the previous days issues.
From an early age it was instilled in me that training takes time and not to use short cuts as it will show up later in the horses education the higher it goes. I’m yet to prove this theory to myself.