Riding has been in our family for generations. With my mum Sarah, competing at HOYS and at the Royal International Horse Show, it was only natural that as soon as I could walk, I’d end up in the saddle!
As I was growing up I joined the Hampshire Hunt Pony Club and it was during my Pony Club years that I developed a strong passion for dressage (just ask me about Dusty and Perfection Himself!) I regularly represented Hampshire Hunt Pony Club in dressage competitions.
I continued to study whilst I was competing and in 2008 I completed my A levels. It was then that I took the decision to work full time with horses and seek out my ambition to compete in dressage at the highest standard.
I was a member of the 2009 Young Rider European team and since then I have been working my way up through the grades and have been placed internationally at Grand Prix. I now have an outstanding team of horses, whom can you read about in the ‘Horses’ section!
I receive fortnightly coaching from Erik Theilgaard and also attend monthly clinics with double Olympic Gold Medallist Charlotte Dujardin. When I am not working with one of my coaches, I train the horses myself with support from my mum, Sarah. Keeping all my horses fit and training other horses from the livery yard at Headmore Stud means that I typically ride about 10 – 12 horses a day. This can also include backing youngsters which we have bred at the Stud.
A typical day is a busy one but the decision to work with horses is one which I have a complete passion for.
HEADMORE STUD AND LIVERY
The Oppenheimer family first started Headmore Livery and Stud in 1988. Over the years, the business has steadily grown to its present size of approximately 45 horses. Set in 50 acres of Hampshire countryside, it boasts outstanding facilities.
Our approach is to provide individual care for each horse and their owner, particularly specialising in producing the ‘happy’ athlete. Our clients range from international dressage horses, eventers and ponies, through to retired family friends. Our aim is to make sure you enjoy your sport. We make our facilities available at times which are convenient to you and create a relaxed and peaceful environment for your and your horses. We work hard to ensure that your horse has a routine which is as close to nature as possible.