Level 3 Eventing HSI coach/BHSII
Louise grew up on a farm in Cheshire where her mother bought horses from Ireland to bring on and compete at shows or sell on.
From showing she went into Eventing and produced young horses (again from Ireland) up the grades to compete and sell.
Some would be full thoroughbreds that had not made it racing an example being a mare by Great Palm whom she reschooled and took her to 3 star.
Eventing took Louise to Burghley on a number of occasions, Badminton, the Beijing Olympics 2008 and European Championships 2007. Watership Down, by the Throughbred Andretti and Murphy’s Miracle, out of a Strong Gale mare were her top horses. Louise asserts it was the thoroughbred genes that assisted themt round the 5 star tracks.
After her three children she reverted to showing and has been successful at the Royal International, Horse of the Year show, Dublin and Balmoral.
Highlights of her career include the retraining of Don Cossack:
“He was a pleasure to work with and quick to learn his new trade. Learning to work more up hill, getting correct canter leads, standing still, letting the judge mount, bending correctly on circles. He was so balanced and light in the hand. He particularly enjoyed jumping and he loved the working hunter thoroughbred classes.
The showing classes provided him with a new career and also it was lovely to see how spectators adored seeing him. He was hero to so many people and they loved coming up to stroke him. His temperament was amazing.”
Louise now trains many people in both Eventing and Showing and enjoys helping clients with thoroughbreds for retraining.
She has also recently taken out her training licence with a focus on the basics so they can go correctly on the flat, pole work, grid work, etc so if they do not make it racing it will be easier to retrain them. This schooling she believes helps significantly in their way of going racing too.