"I have been riding for the last 24 years. I have competed in all disciplines but prefer the less scary life now and just do showing, dressage and we're members of British Riding Clubs. My partner was none horsey, now he never misses a show and is always on hand to help best he can! (Top unpaid groom!) I currently have a 15.2hh Skewbald cob who is my absolute world, we have so much fun together. I judge at least once a year for Miniature Horse Club of Great Britain in the performance classes, I absolutely love it, seeing the little Shetlands and miniature horses trotting round will never get old!"
"Hi! I am currently a BHS AI and have been riding for 30 years. I will admit I learnt a lot in riding schools before I finally bought my first horse when I was 21. He was the best horse ever! With him I competed in all disciplines from Eventing to Showing as well as having the opportunity to compete for my riding club; we were together for 11 years. Also during this time I competed a couple of Clydesdales at County level shows, (I did also compete Shetlands as a child at County level but that was a long time ago!), was an active member of 2 showing committees, fence judged at Blenheim Horse Trails for 3 years and was the manager/lead instructor for a riding school. I am a freelance instructor now and last year, I started up my own equine photography business. I also have a new horse who I am slowly producing to Event; fingers crossed for some fun times ahead!"
"Hi everyone! I have ridden since I was 8 years old and was instantly hooked. Previously I have shown in veteran classes and working hunter, competed for riding club and at BD and show groomed at county level. I now live in France with my 15hh all rounder cob, 12.2hh driving cob and rescue Shetland. I work at a stud breeding dressage horses and have the amazing opportunity to learn on an advanced dressage schoolmaster who I hope one day will make my dream of riding in a tail coat come true!"
"Horses have been a part of my life since before I could walk, 27 years into my journey I am still loving every moment. Having initially started out on a supportive family run livery yard which introduced me to my love of flatwork and producing, I now run my own successful freelance groom, rider & instructor business of which I am lucky enough to work with a wide range of equines in numerous disciplines. Alongside currently working towards my dream of training to be a British Dressage judge and recognised BD coach I have had numerous opportunities to expand my education including working for an international dressage rider, multiple showing yards and private breeders. For the past ten years I have competed/groomed/produced both my own and clients horses at county level in the showing world with particular interest in hunters, cobs and small M&M. I hate to sit still and am now in the process of breaking my miniature Shetland mare to drive ready to have my first go at WHIP classes! "
"I have been around horses for as long as I can remember, over 25yrs and owned horses for the last 20years. We have probably been showing properly for the 10years or so, myself on the flat and working hunter with my sister who is also number 1 groom and really none of it would be possible without her. We have mainly cobs and hunters, a lot we have purchased as 4yr olds, some backed some not and bought them through from their first show to the higher levels. We have done a lot of judging at our local riding clubs as enjoying the satisfaction of giving back to where we started out. I hope to next year look at becoming a qualified ride judge."
"I have been around horses for 12 years and have been showing for the majority of them. I showed on the lead rein as a child and also competed in the first ridden classes on a section a. I then moved onto a Hunter pony and competed him to county level. I currently have an ISRT who I have high hopes for in the future. I have also ridden and shown multiple different types of horses for other people. Regarding my judging experience, I have stewarded for experienced panel judges for many years and have competed a BSPS young judges course which I thoroughly enjoyed. I have a few judging appointments booked for this season and next and am hoping to join a few panels in the coming years."
"I have been around horses since I was born. My mother is a retired Olympic groom who I have learnt many tips and tricks from over the years especially turning out and presenting a horse/pony for competition to a high standard. I compete regularly mainly in dressage and flat showing but now in working hunter and show-jumping. I have broken and produced my own Connemara from wild 4-year-old to a county level competition pony. I have just competed at Equifest with my Connemara who placed top 10 in 6 out of 6 classes over 3 days also getting into the prestigious evening performance. I judge at my local equestrian club shows and steward at county shows. Hoping one day to become a mountain and moorland panel judge. I also volunteer at local horse trials in my area and mix a variety of roles from fence judging, ring steward, scorer and dressage writer. My aim for the years to come is to qualify my home produced Connemara for HOYS (Horse Of The Year Show)."
"I have been riding horses since I was 5 years old: my parents thought that letting me help with their friend's little pony would put me off wanting to try horse-riding. Quite the opposite happened: I was bitten by the riding bug, and the rest is history! I've ridden a huge variety of horses and ponies over the years, and I'm grateful to every single one of them for making me the rider and person I am today. I'm lucky enough to have been allowed to ride the most awesome ex-racehorse for the past 8 years, and he has taught me so much, especially how important a good seat is! I have worked on riding school yards and am not afraid of getting my hands dirty! My main horsey aim is to have my own ex-racehorse and to compete at low-level eventing, but mainly just to have some fun! I have been judging online showing classes for the last couple of years, and I sponsor classes with my business as well!"