Ever since I was little I have always enjoyed riding, I started so young I can't even remember learning to ride. I was lucky enough to be brought up on my parents riding school so I always had a variety of horses and ponies to ride from an early age, including lots of lovely ones but also lots of difficult ones, which taught me how to be patient with horses from the start. I was a member of the Pony Club from five to eighteen, being selected to ride on various teams, from Games to Eventing, which included going to Burghley for the Team Show Jumping.
At sixteen I left school and went to Hartpury College to do a National Diploma in Equine Business and Finance. Whilst at college I passed my BHS Stages 1,2&3 and my PTT. At Hartpury there were over 80 horses, so I gained a huge amount of experience both riding and in stable management, under the watchful eye of the Instructors. After successfully completing my course I was lucky enough to get a job for Olympic Event Rider Tiny Clapham. I stayed with Tiny for a year, learning how a top class yard is run and travelling to both national and international events gaining invaluable experience into the eventing industry. In that time I saw what it took to prepare a horse for four star competitions, helping with the fitness preparation of all the horses on the yard whatever standard. While I was at Tiny’s I got an offer to go over to New Zealand to work for one of the top event riders over there; an opportunity I grabbed with both hands. I worked for Bryce Newman for almost a year and was in sole charge of between eight and fifteen event horses! This sounds a lot harder than it was, because in New Zealand everything 'Events' from the field! I did all the fitness and galloping of the horses as well as having the opportunity to school and compete some of the younger more inexperienced horses there. I travelled all over the country to competitions including the one and three day national championships. After all those amazing experiences, I returned back to the UK and decided it was time to come home to Little Garendon to work with Mum and Cherise.
In the twenty years I have been home I have done numerous bar jobs to earn money so I could event and instead of having holidays I groomed freelance at three day events and was lucky to go to many events in England, Scotland and Ireland including grooming at Badminton which was a brilliant experience. I finally managed to give up the extra jobs to work full time with the horses, looking after and training horses as well mending rugs. Since being back at Little Garendon I have successfully competed a lot of horses in various disciplines. Having always started on youngsters or inexperienced horses I have produced them carefully to successfully compete to the best of their ability. This includes competing several horses up to Intermediate level eventing and competing at several three day events. I have also had a certain amount of success in other disciplines including show jumping to Foxhunter level, showing at county standard, team chasing, dressage and enjoying many days out hunting.
Just over 7 years ago ago my life had massive change, I had a lovely little girl called Ila and a few years later I had a second daughter Elsie. After having Ila I decided that it would be better to be able to do more at home and travel about less teaching so in December 2011 I went on a course in Cumbria to learn the basics of making and repairing tack, I really enjoyed it and I still do its a really good feeling as you have a real sense of achievement when you make a new product or make something as good as new. I am very lucky, as Tony Green who is a brilliant harness maker, lives very locally and has been a real help. Toy is a really fascinating man to listen to as he has been making harnesses and repairing tack for the past forty years, so I am really grateful for him letting me gain from his knowledge.
From starting off with tack repairs I have now found a new passion which is make bespoke leather items. From belts to bags, dog collars and leads to key rings, they all personalised and use the very best products I can find. Please see the LG Leather Work Gallery for some of my work.