Sarah is one of the most experienced international dressage riders in the UK. Sarah has represented Great Britain at a record ten European Championships at under 21 level, coupled with two appearances on the Nations Cup Team in Europe for Great Britain. She is regarded as one of the most talented riders in the UK. Sarah has trained with Kyra Kyrklund and Richard White for the past 19 years and was based with them in the UK for 3 years before moving to Millstones. She has won and competed in many Senior International CDI’s throughout her career.
Sarah started her International career at the age of 11 representing GB at the Pony European Championships. She continued to represent Team GB at European Championships for the following nine years. Her introduction to ponies was aboard the chestnut mare Virginia (Sox) who was found in Holland, had no papers and subsequently we have no idea what her breeding was but she was a strong character. Virginia was a truly talented mare and Sarah admits that much of her success now is attributed to her. When Sarah was too old for ponies Sox continued to help other riders gain experience and help them on to the dressage ladder, representing GB at a further two European Championships making her tally of European Championships an impressive seven.
Ludo was the next stepping stone and at the time had already been to one European Championship as a 6 year old with Kate Johnson. He took Sarah to four European championships, two at Junior level and two at Young Riders. The sport dictates that you have to keep moving forward and with this in mind, Lothar was purchased, who took Sarah to her final Young Rider European Championships in Rome and then subsequently introduced her to senior international competitions.
Susequently, Sarah had two horses headed by Korenbloem O’Neill (by Jazz) who introduced her to Grand Prix. He was bought as a three year old, and produced some good results at Grand Prix on the international circuit. Neill was the first horse that Sarah trained from a just backed 3 year old to competing at International Grand Prix. His half brother Timberland (Barry) a 2001 Jazz black gelding competed successfully at Small Tour.
In the mid 2000’s Sarah enjoyed enormous success with Furst Rubin a cheeky chestnut gelding who had many national and international successes at Small Tour before moving to the USA.
A long term supporter of Sarah is Katja Kuistila, Sarah has enjoyed success both nationally and internationally with Katja’s HP Frontier and Hofjuwel including Nations Cup selection with both horses.
Her own Behroez has been very successful at Small and Middle Tour both nationally and internationally before continuing his career with International Young Rider Camille Audo. More recently her own 7 year old Impressive has been selected for the 2020 World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Verden.
Sarah enjoys all aspects of equestrianism and is always keen to try new things. Overall dressage and the horses are her life, she gains so much enjoyment not just from the international shows but equally from training the young horses and helping others attain their dreams.