Having a horse loving mother, I was destined to be involved with horses. She put me in the saddle at a very young age and I was hooked! Eventually my parents gave in a let me attend Pony Club as a 7 year old. As I got older and more involved in the EWA Young Rider Squads, it was the attraction of trying to achieve the perfect of dressage test that caught me.
In November 2010 I decided to defer my university degree and take a wonderful opportunity to move to Victoria and become Mary Hanna’s working pupil. I packed up and took my Small Tour mare, Tallong Coral, with me to compete in the CDI-Y and National Young Rider competitions around Australia. This was one of the best decisions I have made! Here, my eyes were widened dramatically, I couldn’t believe there were 4 Grand Prix horses in the stables which was literally more than we had in all of WA!!!
Having been on the WA High Performance Program for the last 7 years along with the National Elite Youth Squad for 2010, 2011 and 2012, I have had some wonderful opportunities presented to me which I have jumped at. With this experience, I was selected to represent Australia in 2011 at the Trans-Tasman Young Rider Derby where my team mate, Elliot Patterson, and I were successful in bringing home the title. I also managed 3 out of 4 wins on my pool horse to win the Level 1 championship for his owner! In 2011, Coral and I were named the Reserve champion Small Tour combination at the National Young Rider Championships, which as it turned out, was a very special way to end our partnership.
We always knew Coral was not quite as naturally talented as some but she taught me so much and we learned together going from Novice to Inter 1 in 3 years. However, there came a time when I wanted more. We started looking around for a new horse for me and couldn’t really find anything that ticked all the boxes. At this time, Mary was looking to start her campaign for London Olympics and offered me the beautiful Rambo. I was lucky enough to have ridden him a few times already so of course, with the help of my wonderful Mum and Dad, we jumped at this offer! This horse had a heart of gold and taught me the world. It was a huge change of horse for me, the complete opposite of Coral in fact. Rambo helped me to become a Grand Prix rider at 21 years old and experience and even place at CDI-W competitions against Australia’s leading riders. Together, we won the first ever Under 25 competition to be held in Australia at the Sydney CDI in 2012.
While at Mary’s, one of my responsibilities was Redskin - a Regardez Moi/Jive Magic gelding. I started riding him as a three year old the family ended up buying him as a five year old. Two and a half years went on and I finally decided it was time to head home. So I packed up Rambo and Redskin and came back to the West. Sadle Rambo passed away late 2013. Using all things Rambo has taught me, Redskin is coming along nicely and was just awarded the WA State Elementary Championship, and first in his first Medium outing.