I started riding at the age of 10 almost by default. My sister was the one who was “horse mad” and after many years of pestering our parents they finally gave in and took her for riding lessons. I would tag along and keep myself busy. But, one day my mother suggested I should have lessons too… and so the journey began.
Once we were both sufficiently horse mad, we, along with the help of our riding instructor, convinced our parents to buy us each our own pony. We grew up “at the stables”, going on bush rides and attending pony club on weekends.
This was where my love for eventing was born. I wouldn’t call myself an adrenaline junkie, which seems to be a key ingredient for eventers, but I did enjoy the challenge of going cross country.
At the age of 17 and a handful of ponies later I was blessed with a horse that really taught me how to stay on over anything!
For almost 20 years I continued competing and coaching. Life was normal as far as “normal” and “horse person” goes!
But things were going to change… drastically!
2010 saw the arrival of my very first foal, a first cross German Riding Pony who injected herself into the very core of my being with her first breath. I had no idea just how much this little lady was about to change my life!
From day one she was determined to make me see that the way things are done with horses are not the only way and dare I say, not the nicest way either.
Bumpy took me on a rather terrifying journey and for three years was disastrously dangerous.
So much so that I really was risking my life every time I engaged with her. Eventually I figured out how to listen and started allowing Bumpy to guide me in a new way of being not only with horses but in everyday life.
Since then we honestly have not looked back and life is pretty damn amazing. You could say that Bumpy was the horse that inspired Full Circle Equestrian!
Being able to share this with other people who have horses that are difficult or even people who just want to take their relationship with their horses to a deeper level is now my life’s’ purpose.
If I can take my own pony from disaster to dream I know others can too.