senara caddyMY PASSION FOR HORSES started at an early age in Cornwall at Nanturian Riding School in Mabe.  Coming from a completely “non-horsey” family it was sheer determination and strong mindedness that persuaded my parents to allow me to lease my first pony.

The pony, "Tigger", was 11hh and he was great. Just when you thought you knew it all he would put you in your place.  He was incredibly hard to catch (could take two hours) and very stubborn with the habit of bolting when out of his comfort zone. We grazed at College Farm, Penryn, with very little help but with the odd riding lesson we muddled through.

I didn’t exactly have it easy but by the age of 10 I was set on a career of becoming a riding instructor. As soon as I was old enough I would help out local riders with their mucking out in return for lessons and rides as well as looking after other grazers' horses while they were away. During the 80s and 90s I competed at all the local shows, Troon, Fraddon, Nanturian Fun Show, Falmouth Show, Camborne and Stithians ... to name a few.

After I studied 'A' levels I enrolled on a course at Duchy College - that’s when my career really started.  I gained my BHS AI and then went on to teach and work at the Veryan Riding School.  I was living my dream! When a super opportunity arose for me to go and be a working pupil in Belgium I jumped at the chance.  I spent some time at Lord Newcastle Stables receiving training and experience in return for work.  It was fantastic.  Here I really learned to ride and how to manage top competition horses.

I later returned to Duchy College to complete my BHS II and was luckily offered a job as a full-time instructor and technician at the end of my studies. This was an opportunity too good to turn down.  After teaching there for a couple of years I felt I needed to broaden my experience. I wanted to gain more knowledge and practical skills to benefit my teaching.

I moved away from Cornwall and went on to become sole charge groom for a team of show horses and ponies that would travel the county show circuit.  Here I gained lots of skills producing and turning out horses/ponies and riders for top level showing including RIHS and Horse of the Year. I groomed at all the events as well as transporting the horses/ponies safely around the country in a huge HGV lorry.  During this time I competed in several hunter classes and in my down-time dabbled in dressage.

My drive at this stage really was my own riding so after several seasons the time came to pursue new employment which would give me more opportunity to compete. I took a job on a family yard as rider/head groom.  Here I competed regularly on middle-weight hunters at county shows including RIHS, rode at local dressage competitions and mentored a young rider showjumper.  During this time I also took weekly lessons at Talland School of Equitation and taught in the evenings at a local riding school.

For the last 15 years I have worked at Kyrewood Equestrian Centre and as a Coach Educator for Equestrian Sport New Zealand. I left England for the position of Head Tutor and then as Course Manager.  Kyrewood is New Zealand's leading private training establishment, offering a range of equine courses for career students as well as being one of the largest riding schools in the country and the first Centre Member Pony Club.  I have also been involved with local pony clubs, judging at unaffiliated dressage competitions, judging pleasure classes at New Zealand’s Horse of the Year Show as well as helping organise and run a variety of competitions for the equestrian centre and pony clubs.

I have now returned to my Cornish roots to be closer to family and friends.  I bring with me a Kiwi husband and my six-year-old son. I am looking forward to meeting you, learning more and becoming involved in South West England's equestrian scene.

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