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Introducing our Wobbleberry – Fiona

At E-venting we have been inspired by the Wobbleberry Challenge which is encouraging those to give eventing a go and raise money for the Wilberry Wonder Pony charity. Fiona is one of our two bloggers along with Victoria. These bold bloggers will talk about their journey and raise awareness for this fabulous challenge. 

A little about me – Mother of two teenage boys – one who has just departed on his first driving lesson – eek.

I have been working for BE for 10 years, initially running the Baileys Horse Feeds Winter Jump Training Series, of which the 2017 championships was last Saturday drawing to a close another frantic 7 weeks of competition around the country. I absolutely love this job as it is so rewarding seeing people gain confidence as they compete under the watchful eye of an accredited BE coach. This year I viewed the 80 class in a different light thinking, “goodness me Annie and I will have to do that soon”!

An attempt at a selfie – she is taller than me!

I am also a BE scorer, which involves being deployed to different Horse Trials around the country, organising their timetable of classes, producing the competitors start times and then completing the results on the day of competition. This year I am attending 9 events in this capacity.

The newest job to the portfolio of “BE hats” is Regional Development Officer for North Wales and the West Midlands. This job is under the Training and Education banner of BE and involves facilitating training courses in the region. We are supporting the Wobbleberries by alerting them to training we have on offer that is suitable for their level.

At dressage

Annie came into our lives 9 weeks after losing my old horse. Not sure the husband could stand many more weeks with a horseless wife!! She is rising 7, Irish Draught and 16.3 and 7/8ths! She has done bits and bobs with her previous owner, who bizarrely I realised I knew when we went to try her – small world. I bought her as a project horse but she seems to have wound her way into our lives so we shall see.

I am very lucky to be coached by Richard Carruthers, one of our BE accredited coaches, who has known me since I was about 13 so he knows what he is up against. He has very kindly offered to sponsor me through the challenge by donating all the lesson money to my fund. So generous. Annie has been ticking over through the winter as I have no school where she lives so it’s been hacking all the way. We had a set back in January when she bucked me off, rather unexpectedly, so the confidence took a bit of a bashing (along with the butt!) but two sessions with Richard and we are back on track. Immediate goals are to up the schooling quota and get her used to working with other horses around her. I was rather proud of us jumping a mini course in our last training session and posted such on Facebook only to be given a round of applause at the recent BE officials conference for my achievement!!

In answer to the question Why are you doing this? …….2017 is the year to face the fear and do it anyway.

In answer to the question Which event are you doing?………TBC!!

About the author


An amateur rider who produces all her own horses. I have competed at novice level and sadly never got further due to bad luck with horses but I am still ambitious to achieve a lot more. I have a riding qualification in UKCC2 and a diploma in NLP. Sports science and particularly the mental game fascinates me. For a day job I work for a large multinational brand.