Anna started having a lesson once a fortnight at her local riding school aged nine, which lead to her becoming a helper. “It meant I got to ride lots of naughty ponies,” she says.
When she started to take her BHS exams, she came across Sue Payne, who suggested she go to Talland School of Equitation in Gloucestershire, where many top riders have started their careers. She was 22 when trainers Pammy Hutton and Adam Kempspotted her talent. “I was working in a bar at the time in the evenings and riding during the day then Pammy and Adam offered me a scholarship.” After a couple of years, Anna returned to Hertforshire and started competing a large variety of riding school horses ranging from an Anglo-Arab to a Danish Warmblood stallion. She also trained a Cleveland Bay called Mr Bojangles up to Intermediaire I level.
It was while she was competing at Patchetts Equestrian Centre in Hertfordshire that she was approached to ride a horse the centre’s owner, Donald McTaggart, had recently bought. It was a sharp four-year-old called Liebling II. The Holstein gelding made good progress and they ended up at their first international competition in 2003. The following year she won the Elementary Freestyle national championship and in 2005 she took the runner up slot in the Intermediate 1 National Championship and went on the win her first Grand Prix at National level.
Anna won her first international Grand Prix during the Spanish Sunshine tour riding Liebling, a horse she trained from four years old and they made made their British Team debut at the Nations Cup in Saumur. She was picked as a reserve for the 2007 European Championships in Turin and less than 2 weeks before the competition she found out she was on the team and went on to achieve the highest British placing. She finished 10th in the freestyle and was the only British rider to reach the final stage of the competition.
Anna is now based in Wiltshire where she runs a successful training yard in Cholderton, Salisbury. She teaches a wide client base and is the dressage coach to the Brazilian Eventing team who won a silver medal at the Pan American Games in 2015
What Anna Feeds
"I’m loving CushCare Condition, as it’s great for helping us keep weight on the horses, both in general and whilst on tour. In fact, nearly all of them have had to have their feed cut back instead of us battling to keep it on. It’s the best feed we’ve ever used as the horses often lose weight whilst travelling and competing and this year, since its launch, we have had quite the opposite. Thrilled with the results!"