I have a BA Hons degree in Illustration and Graphic Design studying at Camberwell College of Arts in London and Bristol School of Art and Design. A chance meeting with the established Equestrian Sculptor, Annette Yarrow convinced me to change direction and move into sculpture. I worked for Creations, Country Artists and Border Fine Arts creating commercial sculptures in resin before moving into casting in bronze, using various foundries.
I am an Enlightened Equitation (Heather Moffett)Level 3 Teacher and I am an EE saddle fitter.
I work with Academic Art of Riding by Bent Branderup concepts now, regularly working with Ylvie Fros, and also with Katrin Wallberg, Kathryn Branderup and Christofer Dahlgren, but I have also trained with Marijke de Jong and over the course of 5 years I attended 15 of her clinics with one, or sometimes two of my horses taking full riding places at her clinics.
I also have trained with Allen Pogue, the trick trainer in Texas, Shawna Karrasch and Ben Hart to learn Positive Reinforcement for horses and I use this both ridden and from the ground to assist with training.
All interactions with your horses are training.
I cannot remember a time when I did not love horses and want to ride. I rode as a child and as a teenager I bought a difficult horse from the meat man, who I named Harry. Harry taught me a lot. And I helped Harry become a better horse.
I competed in unaffiliated dressage for the next few years with a powerful TB x mare called Gem. I bought her as a 5 year old and in the photo below, she was 25 years old. She lived to be 30 and was ridden and sound right until the end of her life.
I loved Gem and I think she loved me too. We shared 25 years together and she never liked to allow other people to ride her. She trusted me completely I think.
Gem was fiercely spirited, intelligent, loyal, athletic, and very powerful. But most of all she was kind.
I currently train horses at my home yard for myself and my students.
My two daughters, Rosie and Florence work closely together with me and this is a pony we started named Tynporth Hebog, who Florence rode at BYRDS in two consecutive years achieving successes in both years. He has now begun competing at Medium BD
My beautiful PRE mare Uralita bred by Yeguada Aimaran. Due to unfortunate circumstances, Uralita was unhandleable as she was terrified of all humans when I first met her.
My childrens ex super pony, Sunny Boy, who has now turned pro at classical dressage.
Flying Fox and I working on trot QI with softness and lightness.
Felix, my PRE long reining.
Uralita is learning how to come into and out of collection. Teaching collection to a PRE is like teaching a fish to swim, but to be beneficial to the horse, it has to be done calmly and softly – and it must be possible to ask for less collection when desired.