From an early age I wanted to work with horses. I joined the Pony Club when I was 7 and started vaulting at 8; since then I’ve competed successfully in Vaulting, Tetrathlon, Eventing, Show Jumping, Showing and Dressage.
I’m known as a kind, sympathetic rider who horses work well with. As a teenager I started bringing on young ponies that went on to have happy new homes. Developing a wide range of horses and ponies has given me a breadth of knowledge and hands on experience which makes me a very adaptable rider.
My interest in equine massage started at 14 when one of my own horses had some massage therapy. I was fascinated by the results that massage could offer, which led me to the path of becoming an Equine Sports Massage therapist.
At 17 in 2008 I completed the ITEC certificate in Human Swedish Massage before going to Stirling University where I completed a BA hons in Psychology and Sports Studies in 2012. At University I was involved with the Riding Club, and became Secretary, Team Captain and President. I also became an Olympic Ambassador for the University leading up to the London 2012 Olympics. My abilities were recognised, winning the Airthrey Trophy for Best Sporting Achievement of the year (2011), a Colours Award (2012) and nominated for Sports Personality of the year.
In 2011 I started working at Gill Webster’s Natural Healing Clinic (now Bodywork) where I developed my human massage skills and completed a course in Indian Head Massage.
Once I was eligible, at 21 I was accepted onto the ITEC Equine Sports Massage course run by the world-renowned Mary Bromiley in Somerset. I qualified in 2013 gaining an 'A' for my dissertation “The Use of Massage on the Competitive Vaulting Horse” which has been published in the Equine Sports Massage Association’s newsletter (ITEC’s governing body)
In 2015, I qualified as a Human Sports and Remedial massage therapist. Enhancing the service I provide to my human clients. I was also honoured to be offered a position working for Classical Dressage rider & trainer Manuel Jorge de Oliveir (who trains Anja Beran). I spent 2 months in Germany training in classical dressage, having the privilege of riding many talented horses with Manuel himself instructing.
My knowledge of horses as a rider and trainer gives me exceptional insight and feeling when assessing and massaging riders and their horses, allowing me to pinpoint primary and secondary causes of tension and suggest suitable stretches and exercises for improvement.
Watch a short film about my work here.