My backgroundI joined the equestrian industry immediately after leaving school, having had an interest in ponies and horses from an early age. My BHSAI was gained at the age of 17 years; and then at 18, I was the youngest person to achieve a BHSII qualification. At that time, I was at a large training establishment working with riders of all levels, and went on to achieve my BHSI in 1991, having passed all of the British Horse Society exams first time; after which I left to work as a freelance coach.I have competed at 4*level Eventing, Grand Prix dressage, and show jumping to 1.35 at county level; producing horses from the beginning of their career and then competing successfully at the highest levels nationally. As a result of this, I have worked in the UK, as well as several countries throughout the world, helping to develop both riders and coaches through all levels; from career students to competition riders. Three years of study, between 2005 and 2010, were spent at the Ashridge International School of Business Management; on the Elite Sports Coach Development Programme. In more recent times, I was one of the six coaches that the British Equestrian Federation selected to take part in the pilot run of the UKCC Level 4 Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Sports Coaching.