Hi, I’m Hattie and welcome to my website.
In 2016 I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a chronic autoimmune condition which attacks my central nervous system in my brain (for more information please visit MS society or MS trust websites). This prompted me to re-evaluate what I was doing with my life, and the best way to have a career, yet still have my health. So, I decided it was time to pursue a career I had wanted to do since I was seventeen, but sadly never got the opportunity before, leatherwork.
So, lets rewind and let me give you a little round up of who I am.
I have ridden horses all my life, starting at my godmothers livery/competition/ trekking yard, as well as the local trekking centre that used to run in the village. From the age of eight in was able to have my own pony and joined Oxenholme pony club, as well as joining Lakes riding club a couple of years later. I was lucky enough to be chosen to compete on the teams for both pony club and riding club including; games, dressage, show jumping and eventing. As well as competing in teams I also had the opportunity to compete in pairs dressage with my good friend Beth Burrow, resulting in us being crowned British Riding Club champions in 2002.
It soon became clear that my passion was to event; a competition that involved three phases; dressage, show jumping and cross country. I joined British eventing in 2003/2004, and have competed up to novice level, but prefer to enjoy intro (BE90) and pre-novice (BE100) levels.
This year I am hoping to get back in the saddle after a two-year gap due to having chemotherapy for my MS, I will be hoping to event my 14.2 sports pony Rory (Natural Bay), at intro (BE90) level, looking to improve our dressage before moving further up the grades.
Thank you for taking the time to read this ‘about me’ page, I have to admit its not as easy as it sounds to write about yourself, so well done for reaching the bottom.