From a young age I was desperate to Event but not wanting to put pressure on my parents, I focused on my education and went to University. I was inevitably pulled back to the sport I love and in 2012 set up a yard and started to compete full time.
Given the pedigree of my parents, it could be assumed that I would have been bought brilliant, top class horses. The reality is that I have had to work hard to find affordable, problem horses to turn around.
The horse that took me to my first Badminton in 2017, Malin Head Clover, was dubbed dangerous by many who knew him. He was extraordinarily strong, even for the 6ft man who rode him before me. At our first event together, he put me in hospital for a week with eight broken bones. Lying there I wasn't sure he was the best decision of my life... but logically I knew horses didn't want to fall.
So we worked with him, instead of using force, and taught him that we were a team and that I wasn't trying to dominate him. Over the next year he slowly came onside and learnt not to bolt every time I touched the reins, although always strong he started to use his brain and became safe.
My next top horse, Hollyfield II, was bought as a failed 2* horse, having multiple poles and a dirty stop in the showjumping. He had never had a clear round above 1* level. In 2017 he came 4th at Camphire CCI3* and nearly had a dream result at Pau CCI4*.
Although none of the horses I have ridden have catapulted me into the spotlight, the lessons I have learnt from each and every one have been invaluable. I never would have had the same learning opportunities and gained the experience I have now if I had ridden straightforward horses all my life. For this I will be forever grateful and I truly believe will stand me in good stead to produce top classes horses for the future.