My life is very much dictated by my animals and the good old British weather. I’ve ridden since I was big enough to sit on a horse and grew up in Devon mainly running wild outside with my brothers at my mums’ livery yard or with my dad at work on veterinary call outs. As a child I had no competitive bones in my body, we enjoyed gymkhana’s and hacking or pretending to be cowboys and Indians in the arena but all 3 of us never had any desires to compete. My mum was eventing throughout our childhood up to intermediate level so we spent weekends and birthdays in the lorry, our childhood was wholesome and we learnt to be independent but still confident enough to have a conversation with adults, we learnt about caring for animals (including how to stitch up the dog on the kitchen table!), how to keep your hands warm on a 16’2hh horse – sat on their backs at tea time with your hands tucked into their rugs and most importantly how to be carefree children.
As an adult, I came back to horses after a bit of time out; various circumstances meant I ended up in Cornwall and decided I wanted to own a horse and start competing. That was 8 years ago, today I have just the 1 but up until last year had 3.
Cornwall’s a wonderful place to live with so much beauty on our doorstep and endless trail routes, beaches to gallop and many competition centres. But, it’s a long way down in the country and it takes a minimum of 2.5 hours in the lorry just to get to the Devon border. We have a couple of affiliated BE events at Launceston and Port Elliot and beyond that it’s Bicton. There are lots of competition centres holding affiliated show jumping and BD as well as plenty of unaffiliated centres. We’re located in west Cornwall and whilst we’re a long way down, we do have good access to link up to these centres.
What a year, I’d planned to do so much this year beginning the eventing season in April but Covid hit and the year’s changed completely. I’ve taken this year as a training year and have focused on training the youngsters and have taken advantage of competing less and having monthly lessons which have done myself and my horse Delaney, the world of good. We did get to 1 BE event and achieved a lovely double clear, alongside some show jumping shows gaining more double clears which last year we struggled to get. I’m considering registering BS for the winter and continuing to nail the schooling so we are ready to hit the ground running next spring.
Regional Reporter - South West England
I’m Alice and I’m an amateur event rider living in Cornwall. I work in marketing for a travel company and run an equestrian yard (Glenview Farm) at home with my mum. I’m a bit of a wonderer and enjoy exploring the countryside either on horseback or with my Jack Russell, Isla. There’s been times I’ve struggled with my mental health but having a focus and commitment to our animals has helped me. I’ve always found writing a form of therapy and thought it was about time I put it to good use.