A long term Bed-Down user Kelly was thrilled to win some Bed-Down bales at Poplar Park Horse Trials in March 2012.
I am 24years old, and was born on June 12th, which makes me a Gemini. I was born in Norwich, Norfolk, and grew up in Old Catton and moved to Taverham when I was 6years old.
I went to Lodge Lane first School, before moving to Taverham First School, then Taverham Middle School, and then Taverham High. I followed on my education at Hellesdon/Taverham Sixth Form where I studied for my A levels. I toyed with the idea of becoming a vet, but I ALWAYS knew I wanted to work with horses.
I learnt to ride at Bure Valley Riding School in Buxton, Norfolk, when I was 5. I had weekly lessons, and by the time I reached 9, I managed to persuade the riding school to let me help out at weekends. By the age of 11 I had my first pony on loan, called Ziggy Stardust, Owned by Mrs Penny Sage, who as an owner gave me my real first taste for competing and I have many happy memories and red rosettes from local competitions with Ziggy. I finally got my own pony aged 13, a 14h2 palomino mare called Carrie. At 15 I joined the North Norfolk Pony Club, and the Carousel Riding Club. I loved competing in all the teams, especially the eventing teams. It was here where it all began!
I finally finished my education and heading straight to Burnham Market Equestrian Centre to work as a working pupil for Emily and Alec Lochore, preparing myself for the JRN Championships, for which I had qualified. I then spent the winter months in Ireland, working for Steven and Trevor Smith. (Irish Event Riders). Once returning from Ireland I started training with Nini and Piggy French, and when they both moved away from Norfolk, I moved to their yard and based myself with their mother, Kate, for two years. Kate taught me so so much and I will forever be grateful, she has so much knowledge. I then moved to Leicestershire to work for Piggy as a working pupil, where again I learnt so much. I now run my own event team in Stamford, Lincs. I am very aware that there is not a lot of money to be made in eventing, however, it is my job and I can honestly say that I absolutely love it. Not many people can say they love their job, and without the support of my owners it would not be possible therefore I do consider myself very lucky. That said you do have to work hard, I just love it, every hour is worth it!
Hearnesbrook Derby Day – owned by Mrs Phyll Buxton from Kimberley Hall, Norfolk. Phyll bred Derby, he is by her connermara pony stallion Hearnesbrook Halley and out of a TB flat race mare Historical Fact. Derby is a 12yr old Advanced horse and our greatest achievement is coming 9th in the CCI** at Osberton in Oct 2011, (our spotlight moment). He likes to dunk his haylage in his water bucket so he has to have two in his stable, one for drinking from and one to dunk in!!! He is like my best friend, we have been together for 5seasons and when I ride him it’s like putting on my comfy old slippers. I absolutely adore him.
High Garth High Flyer – owned by myself and Mr Clive Aldous. JT is a Dark Bay 8yr old intermediate gelding who only started eventing last June; I think an awful lot of him, and think he could be a very big horse for me. He completed the Novice Championships at Gatcombe this yr and will be aimed for the intermediate championships and a CCI** next yr. I am very excited about his future. He is so kind, and absolutely gorgeous. If he was human, I would want to marry him!
Pleiade Tame – owned by Mrs Denise Aldous. Mango is an intermediate Bright Bay French bred mare who is 8yrs old, and has been with me since a 5yr old, she had last season off with an injury, but is now back in work. She is a super jumper and a lovely mover. She will be aimed at the intermediate championships and an autumn CCI**. Her personality is so close to that of a human being, she absolutely adores attention!
Cornsay Grouse – owned by Mr Angus Smales. Grouse is a new ride for me for 2012. He has completed Burghley CCI**** 3times with Angus and has completed 7 CCI***. He is 15yrs old and extremely experienced. I aim to take him to the CCI*** U25 championships at Bramham in June. This will be my first ever CCI***. I am extremely lucky to be given the opportunity to ride him. He does however have too many quirks to mention!!!! Hehe.
Bed-Down is an important part of my stable management routine as they are clean and easy to use.