What an amazing journey this has been! Little did I ever imagine when I bought
Regal, my first driving pony 20 years ago that one day I would have the
privilege of representing GB at a World Championships. I have never been sporty
and it makes me smile every time I'm referred to as an "athlete"!!
From as early as I can remember I have had a total passion for horses, which
is only equalled by my addiction to carriage driving! I feel truly blessed to
have made so many great friends over the years and cannot thank them enough for
all their help, support and encouragement especially in the run up to
I have a brilliant support team starting with my partner Steve who, although
not able to attend many events, exercises with me at home, mows my arena, turns
out and often fetches in, mends and fixes almost everything and anything, loads
the lorry etc, etc.
Sue who also exercises with me at home, travels with, and makes sure I get to
every event (I'm not good with a map !) and is a general gofer once there!!
Nick, who I'm sure needs no introduction, is the most amazing back
stepper. He never panics when either one of us cocks-up, is wonderfully organised
and always seems to be able to say the right thing at the right time - an art
I've yet to manage!! and entertainer (though I'm not sure he always means to
be)!! A huge thank you to you all.
Finally, none of this would be possible without my quirky, talented,
wonderful horse Mac! Bought in 2006 from Holland as a 3 year old, he rapidly
gained the name of Mac the Knife!!
He was re-broken to drive by Janice Clough and with lessons from Peter
Bennett and Jack Brookes on the back step we set off in 2012 on the National
circuit only to win first time out with Jack telling me I'd qualified and me
asking "for what" ! That year we were National Intermediate champ and in 2016 we
won the Open Horse championships. 2017 saw us move up to Advanced and with
several trips abroad the journey towards the Worlds began.