Progressing through Pony Club as a youngster
and a member of various local riding clubs, I have trained rigorously over many years and I have successfully competed
up to elementary in dressage, foxhunters in show jumping and in open hunter trails with many different ponies and horses both
affiliated and unaffiliated.
I am working
towards competing at a higher level in dressage and am currently training and working for Paulo Santos, West Sussex based Grand
Prix dressage rider which is giving me a great opportunity to ride a number of different young & advanced horses.
Teaching for me has been fairly natural
and always very enjoyable, I lived in my mother’s (Christine Richards) shadow who ran the old yard before me, she also
trained and progressed through the BHS stages 1-4 and was a qualified instructor.
Thanks to Mum's influence, I have attended TTT (Training the Teacher
of Tomorrow) clinics and demos since a very young age and I regulary attend SIC clinics with both Alex Cookson
and Andrew Murphy. I have always been inspired by the methods of the great teachers in the art form of riding such
as Arthur Kottas, Charles de Kunffy, Herwig Radnetter…who we are so fortunate to be able to learn from at this fantastic
centre near Guildford.
approach to training horses and riders is to ensure the essential ingredients to an enjoyable partnership are not overlooked.
I focus a lot of attention on rider balance and posture, coordination and effective application of the aids. I encourage all
horses to work freely and without tension with appropriate exercises to build strength and overcome asymmetries without resistance.