Then my 2* GB team horse, Promise Me (Harry). He was certainly never easy, but I bought him as a 5yr old with a reputation for bucking people off, and he ended up graded Advanced (Eventing) and regularly qualifying for the National Dressage Championships up to Advanced Medium level. He tragically ruptured his tendon at the 2* Europeans, but came back to qualify for the Dressage Nationals at Advanced Medium, and is now semi-retired. 
Finally, the third horse would have to be my current top event horse, Tricky Johnie, who is the most genuine horse I have ever sat on; he gives his absolute all, at every event. I bought him two years ago, to just have a bit of fun at Novice level, but he has flown up through the grades, and recently produced an incredible XC clear at his first attempt at Advanced! 
I’m not very good at selling my horses, and keep all of them! I think that every horse has tried for me, and achieved at least one of my aims in life for me, so they all deserve a happy retirement if they can no longer perform at the top level; I’ll never be rich! 
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How do you relax at the end of the day?
I just had to look that word up! I normally finish work at around 7pm, and then have paperwork and bookings to do, as well as event planning for the horses. I do try and do “normal” things occasionally, and it’s my New Year’s Resolution, every year, to not work as hard! 
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What's your biggest luxury in life?
My horses! I’m very fortunate that I can happily afford to both event two horses, and keep any that have retired. I do occasionally go on holiday, and splash out on somewhere very nice when I do! 
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When the going gets tough, what keeps you motivated?
In my Vet life, it’s my clients; I could not have a more appreciative client base. They seem to have this ability to send a lovely text message, or surprise me with a cake, just as I’m starting to feel exhausted. The love they have for their horses, and the feeling you get from helping them, is priceless. 

In my riding world, it’s the fact that my horses always seem to perform for me when it really matters. I have no arena, no electricity, and no concrete at the fields I rent, so winters can be especially tough. I also don’t have much time to train, so they often don’t see a jump for 2-3 weeks at a time, and yet they still go out and win. It’s easy to stay motivated, no matter how tough things may be, when your horses constantly go out and try their best. 
I am extremely lucky to be able to combine both of my passions in life, my work as a Vet, with my riding. There is no doubt that I’ve made big sacrifices for it, but you only live once, and whilst I can manage to combine the two, I will keep going! 
What's the biggest challenge you face as a professional rider?
Definitely lack of time and facilities! I’m attempting to be competitive against the pro’s, who ride all day long, and have arenas, whilst running my 650 client practice, single handedly. But I do love a challenge, and my horses seem to rise to it!