Real Life Riders



I’ve loved horses since childhood. At eight years old my parents gave in to my relentless begging and signed me up for riding lessons. To their dismay, the lessons completely lived up to my expectations and I loved horses more and more every time I went to the stables!

I got my first horse at the age of seventeen, a naughty, nappy little four year old cob, who taught me how to sit a buck, fall off, get back on again, what setting on the washing machine to use to get grass stains out of white jodhpurs… the lot!

When I retired him I struggled to find a horse that could be my new riding companion and after a few new horses, shares and loans didn’t work out I decided to go and have some more riding lessons while I tried to figure out exactly what I wanted in my next horse. I went and had some jumping and dressage lessons at The Talland School of Equitation, which had a massive positive impact on my riding and my confidence.


Cleo is a rising four year old cob. Since she came to me in January as a very lightly backed three year old we have really brought things back to basics and focused on groundwork and ridden groundwork, as she can be a little bit opinionated about whether she wants to do as she's told sometimes! I hope to very slowly and gradually break her in fully, using our methods over the next year or two with the intention of competing her in low level dressage, and eventually competing in low level eventing.