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 .
I work with Academic Art of Riding by Bent Branderup concepts, training regularly with Ylvie Fros, and also have trained with Kathrin Branderup Katrin Wallberg, Monika Sanders and Christofer Dahlgren. Variety really helps a deeper understanding – as long as the trainers share a common thread!
I also have trained with Allen Pogue, the trick trainer in Texas, Shawna Karrasch, Ben Hart and Karoline Westlund Friman to improve my use of 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 lightly in dressage with a powerful TB x mare called Adams Little 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 sound and ridden right until the end of her life.
Gem was spirited, intelligent, loyal, athletic, and very powerful. She did not suffer fools gladly but she really did work beautifully for me.
Uralita bred by Yeguada Aimaran. Due to unfortunate circumstances, Uralita was untouchable when I first met her.
My beloved pony, Sunny Boy, turned pro at classical dressage.
Felix, my PRE long reining.