I started riding almost before I could walk and have ridden most days since, apart from a couple of breaks from broken bones – all horse related of course!
Apparently I announced at the age of 3 that I wanted to do dressage when watching a demonstration at The Great Yorkshire Show. Certainly I have been competing longer than most people doing my first test age 6 and continuing to the present day whether on youngsters or at Grand Prix level.
I have been very lucky to have had the chance to compete on my own as well as other people’s horses – I would like at this point to thank my loyal clients & owners – many of whom have supported me for many years too many to name but special thanks to Anthea Parkin at whose yard I am now based who allows me the pleasure of riding various of her horses, and Theresa Oakes who has sent me a lovely selection of Penhaligon horses.
This last 12 months has seen a complete change having moved from my yard to being based at Strete Raleigh Farm. This move was supposed to free up some of my time but I am glad to say I am busier than ever with less mucking out and more teaching!
I have competed successfully over the years being placed at Regional & National level up to PSG and have trained two horses up to Grand Prix on a shoestring!
I love riding & bringing on young horses and I get as much pleasure taking them up the levels as riding at the higher levels.
I have always enjoyed teaching and enjoy the different challenges of teaching pupils at different stages of their dressage journey from grass roots to those competing at National level.
I would just like to take this opportunity to thank the whole team without whom none of this would be possible, physio Katie Simmonds/Davis, farrier Kalvin Higgs and Western Counties Equine Hospital all of whom keep the horses fit & well and trainer Adam Kempe.
Louise’s masterclass will be in the Supreme Equine Arena on Sunday, 8th December 2019