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Mum has always been around horses. She grew up on her parents farm where mum taught as part of the riding school and used to show hacks and hunters having competed at the Horse Of the Year Show.
Mum is my full time groom. We run a livery yard at home where we look after 11 horses, 5 of which are mine the rest are full or assisted liveries. I could not ride or compete at this level if it wasn’t for my mum; she does all of the work behind the scenes, making sure my horses are mucked out, groomed and ready to ride.
Mum takes me away to squad training, to Emile’s and to competitions, she helps me train at home if I need an eye on the ground and at competitions if I don’t have a trainer there. Mum basically gives up everything to help and support me and my boys and I could never thank her enough.
Dad also came from a competitive background; he used to do National Drag Racing and was very successful. He got into horses to win mum over, it obviously worked!
Dad not only has a full time job but he helps with the mucking out and gets up at 5.30 every morning to feed the horses! He is our chauffeur, taking us all to our competitions, he is also a rather good chef and makes a mean bacon sandwich after I have completed my tests!
Both of my parents give up a lot of their time and money to help me and I am extremely grateful for everything that they do. My dad is my number 1 supporter, you will normally find him videoing my tests trying to hide a sneaky tear!
Nan has always been extremely supportive of my riding since I started at the RDA when I was 9. Nan and Grandad (who has now passed away) used to take me for lessons every saturday morning and enjoyed sitting watching me learn my favourite sport.
Nan has now very kindly help fund both of my horses so without her, I would not be the European Champion.
Sacha has trained me since 2005 when mum met her at a friend’s livery yard where they were both teaching. Sacha comes to my yard twice a week to teach me and ride the horses.
Sacha has her own livery yard; Sacha Hamilton Equestrian Centre at Austens Farm in South Bucks. Sacha has three horses of her own. Her main ride is Active Dynamo who she is currently competing at Inter I & II. Sacha has huge hopes for Dan and her main aim is to get him to Grand Prix.
Sacha dedicates a lot of her time to me, she comes to my competitions and training to support and train me. I cannot thank her enough for all that she has done for me.
To find out more about Sacha and her yard please visit her website: http://www.sachahamilton.co.uk/
Emile is one of the country’s top International dressage riders and trainers and has represented Great Britain at World, European and Olympic level. He is a list two British Dressage judge and the World Class coach for the Start and Potential squad.
I have lessons with Emile a few times a month. I started training with him in 2010 when the squad gave me some extra money for training, I had enough for 8 lessons however I learnt so much and loved going so I continued my lessons. Sacha has been having lessons with Emile for many years so it was a great step forward for us all.
Emile is a fantastic trainer and really understands the horses and riders individual needs. He focuses on all aspects of training from the technicalities of test riding to the basics, including position.
He is such a great person to work with and extracts the best work out of every horse. He is realistic, positive and patient and explains exercises in a clear and precise way. I love my lessons with Emile, the yard always has such a happy and friendly atmosphere.
To find out more about Emile please visit his website: http://www.emile-faurie.co.uk/
Visit Ashley’s website at: http://www.mirrormepr.co.uk/
Mark Fisher left the King’s Troop RHA as the Master Saddler in 2004. Mark is a registered, qualified saddle fitter and regularly lectures and assesses for the Society of Master Saddlers. He also works in conjunction with the British Equestrian Federation on the World Class Programme, operating the Pliance saddle pressure system.
Mark has helped me so much with all of my horses. His Pliance system is amazing, showing up where pressure is under the saddle at any specificmoment in time; therefore Mark can sort out the balance of the saddle and make it more comfortable for the horse.
I can be very sensitive due to my disability and Mark is understanding of my needs. He comes up with unique ideas to help me and from that we have been able to design a saddle specifically for me and my horse.
Ollie is a fantastic farrier, he has been shoeing my horses for many years and always does an excellent job. He is always friendly and so caring for the horses, even when Bam Bam tries to bite his bottom! He gets the thumbs up from the squad farrier and vets and is a good laugh down the yard.
Since working with Peter there has been a significant difference in my mobility, I used to suffer with bad backs and very stiff shoulders. I see Peter or Lorraine nearly every week to maintain my condition, they are both exceptional and I cant thank them enough for the difference it has made to my riding.
Val comes to treat JP on a regular basis. I always feel such a massive difference after he has been treated and it helps him so much. Doing sitting trot without stirrups can put a lot of strain on a horses back and therefore he can overcompensate using other muscles. Val knows JP very well, she does a brilliant job with JP using massage techniques, laser and tens.
To find out more about Val and Anna Johnsons Clinic: http://www.annajohnson.co.uk/index.html
As a family we have always used Scott Dunn’s. All of the vets, nurses/grooms and office staff are fantastic and have the horses best interests at heart. Simon Knapp is the clinical director and has vetted both JP and Bam Bam for me ensuring that they are the right horse for the job. They are very thorough and honest yet sympathetic towards the owner.
To find out more visit their website: http://www.scott-dunns.co.uk/
David is a fantastic Dentist. He is extremely good with the horses, you will often hear him singing to them! He is very sensitive to their needs and all of the horses love him. I could not recommend him highly enough.
Poppy is my lucky mascot. She comes along to all of our competitions and training and loves camping in the horse box with us! She always gets comments on her big, hairy ears; they are rather special! She is a really loving dog but takes a while to get to know new people, but once she accepts you she will never forget.
She is very playful; she likes a good tummy tickle or a small bit of banana and really loves a cuddly toy or three, but rips the eyes out of them! She is not in the slightest bit lady like; her favourite place on the yard is the top of the muck heap, she will also jump into any puddle she can find!
She is an amazing dog and everybody instantly falls in love with her.
Massive thank you to all of my friends and fans that have supported me through my career so far. I am so lucky to have such supportive people who follow my progress with interest. I always love hearing from you so please comment on my website, like my page on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.
I am very fortunate to have the help and support of the World Class Performace Squad. They help me in all aspects of my riding career. Our squad performance manager, David Hunter who organises our squad trainings and is our Chef d’Equipe for all our major championships.
- Will Connell is our Performance Director
- David Hunter is the para-equestrian Performance Manager and Chef d’Equipe
- Michel Assouline is our team trainer
- Rod Fisher is our Team
- Karen Robertson the horse osteopath
- Ian Hughs is the farrier
- Mark Fisher the saddler
- Joce is our sports psychologist
- Helen Mathie and Andy Thomas are our physiotherapists
- Carys Jackson is our strength and conditioning coach
- Sally Nicholson is the team doctor
- The selectors
- Fran is the chef at the Unicorn Trust and makes us amazing food!!