Ellie started riding from a very young age; something that has always been a passion for the family. Her father and brother both play Polo and her mum was the one that introduced her to dressage with the help of her amazing pony Zac who she still has fourteen years on! This year Ellie is aiming for the Young Rider European team for which she has just made the long list with Donna Summer (Rio). Rio and Ellie have already had success at two internationals this year, Keysoe CDI where she was placed second after the three days and in Saumur CDI (France) where she placed 6th, 4th and 4th against some of Europe's strongest young riders! She also hope to do her first Grand Prix tests on her other horses. Casual and Salcido (Salcy) and she will hopefully compete them both in the small tour at Bolesworth CDI in June. Ellie is currently living in Germany where she trains with Helen Langehanenberg and says that gaining knowledge and training from Helen has been invaluable to her, having learned so much from her already. Her main aim with Salcy is Tokyo 2020 and she hopes with her amazing team that she will make it there!
Jade Ellery is an 18 year old British dressage rider, based in Southern Spain. In April 2017, she returned from Wellington, Florida where she has had an incredible season. Among her recent results are most notably her hat-trick of wins that led to her being the Wellington Youth Dressage Champion 2017.
From April, she will head to Holland where she will be based for the summer months, training and competing her horse, working towards qualifying to represent team GB in the European Championships in August. The recent run of results have led Jade to move up to seventh in the Junior FEI World Rankings and the GB highest ranked rider.
Jade is incredibly grateful for the love and support she receives from her family and from trainer Leida Collins, who she admires enormously and who helps her train and work harder towards her goals every day. Jade is very focused and dedicated to constantly improving, whilst remaining very down to earth and humble about the opportunities ahead and the lovely team and sponsors she has around her.
Rebecca Kingwood is 31 years old and based in Louth, Lincolnshire.
At 13, she bought her first horse and started to get a passion for showjumping and dressage. From about 19 years old, after a year at University, and with the support of her family, she was lucky enough to start building up a few horses and riding more, alongside part time jobs she had in a clothing store and a public house.
Rebecca took up Affiliated Eventing and progressed to British Eventing Novice level, alongside producing young horses at the lower levels. She competed at the Badminton Grassroots Championships on one of her rides, in addition to many wins and placings at BE90 and 100. After several years, she decided that she wasn't brave enough to progress further in Eventing, and decided to focus on Dressage.
Over the last six years, she has produced a four year old from scratch through to Advanced Medium at eight years old, two other horses to Medium Level and started the careers of many other young horses with success, some of which have now moved on to new homes.
Rebecca has ridden to Regional Championship level at Advanced Medium, and to National Championship level to Medium. She has won a Regional Title and had many other Regional placings, as well as qualifying for the National Championships on nine occasions, placing third at one in Elementary, and fourth in another at Medium Freestyle. She has also competed at Young Horse Championships ten times, gaining placings in 4 and 5 year old classes.
Her aims for 2017 are to progress beyond Advanced Medium with Drees (Clown), which will complete her dream of wearing tails. She hopes to be successful at Medium with talented six year old Furst Flame (Flame), and qualify for Young Horse Championships with Flame and her four year old, Nemo. She is also very excited to begin work with her three year olds and get her other young horses out and about. When not competing, Rebecca has a love of teaching and is looking to build her client base, as well as begin teaching again from her home base.
Louise Bell could have been an athlete or followed her father’s footsteps in the film industry. Instead she decided from an early age that horses would play a major role in her life.
Despite surviving a horrific road accident in 2002, breaking her leg in multiple places, Louise is one of the most successful lady riders to grace the world of working hunter competitions. She is married to former show jumper, Robert Bell, and the Warwickshire based partnership has gained an enviable reputation in producing top class working hunter and show hunter horses.
Louise recalls having her first pony at the age of seven. As she grew up, Louise was to be a familiar face in all sorts of equestrian disciplines from gymkhana games to dressage, show jumping and eventing. At the age of 17, she worked for Daphne Wyatt and it was then that she experienced her first taste of working hunter competitions. The showing ‘bug’ well and truly set in. It was not long before Louise’s showing career really took off.
When Louise and Robert survived their horrific horse box crash in 2002, Louise was told by doctors that she may never ride again. Airlifted to hospital, Louise spent months with a metal case in her leg that went from thigh to ankle. Incredibly, that same year, she went on to qualify eight horses from her yard for Horse of the Year Show taking the Working Hunter Champion Horse of the Year title with Out of Sight, owned by Mrs Sarah Gallagher.
In 2005, Louise was thrilled to take Reserve Supreme Show Hunter Champion of the Year, riding her home bred 'Rock Star' at Horse of the Year Show and in 2008 she won the honours of the Supreme Working Hunter of the Year riding Out of Sight. Other titles include winning the Supreme Working Hunter Champion title at the Royal International Horse Show on no fewer than fifteen occasions on Into The Blue, W Get Smart, Out of Sight, Rock Star, Crest Cavalier, Cruise Control, Special Effect, and her beloved Rocky IV.
Throughout her career, Louise has also won the Supreme Working Hunter Champion title on twelve occasions at The Royal Windsor Horse Show on Out of Sight, Cruise Control, Man on Fire and Get Smart, Into the Blue and been National Working Hunter Supreme Champion eight times.
Another “character-building time” has been the terrible loss, in fairly quick succession, of her beloved Out of Sight, Man on Fire, Rockstar and Cruise Control. The heart ache of those few years was unbearable and gaining the strength to carry on and accept the losses was a life learning experience.
Thankfully a new chapter was about to come around in the form of a career change to the sport of Dressage. Happier times lay ahead and Louise’s top dressage horses today include W Get Smart, Into the Blue, Zack ki Rosenlund and home bred Skyfall (working hunter) all of whom are in tremendous form. With her international dressage career now firmly in place and with scores over 70% in the Grand Prix, Louise is very excited for the future.
When out of the saddle, her interests include cookery and gardening. A self-confessed ‘film addict’, she also likes to name her horses after films where possible. Her other passions in life are her fish, her dogs Alfie a french bull dog, Doug the Pug and Chalky! She also has her beautiful cats, Eric, Ernie, Dixie, who complete the Bell household.
Lara was riding before she could walk! Fast forward a few years of all Pony Club activities and in 1997 and 1998, competing in FEI pony trials, she was long listed for the GB Eventing team on Black Velvet, a pony she started herself. She then competed at Young Rider/Advanced level on her grey gelding Ermin Street winning the CCIJ at Aldon in 2001. Lara achieved her lifelong ambition to gain her GB flag in dressage on her stallion, Cyden Bodyguard Moorland in 2016 and now competes on the International circuit.
The dressage bug took hold aged 24 and Lara became involved with The British Young Dressage Rider Scheme (BYRDS). She was selected to represent the Northern Region in Necarne, Ireland in 2008, winning Reserve Novice Champion with Cyden Perplex (Plex) a horse she imported from Germany as a “naughty” 6 year old!
Lara has been a member of The BD Northern Home International team every year since. With four different horses she was Reserve Champion in 2009 at Medium level and in 2014 and 2015 at Advanced Medium level. She has won 12 BD regional titles and in 2011 she secured her first BD National title at Medium level, returning in 2012 to win her second and the Advanced Medium Pet Plan championship in 2013. In 2015 Lara gained her Great Britain badge and space on the team in Le Mans, France on Cyden Bodyguard Moorland, achieving another of her dreams as an international dressage rider and producer.
2016 was another successful year for Lara and the Milners’ Jazzed Up (Felix) homebred by Tracey and Laura Milner at South Grange Stud, winning four more regional titles for Lara and four top ten placings at the Nationals in April and Sept. Lara competed at the Summer Regionals in July and qualified for the Nationals where she gained another score over 70% at the Summer Nationals.
Already in 2017 Lara has yet again represented GB at Keysoe CDI, gained four more regional titles and four top four placings (two 2nds, a 3rd and a 4th) at the winter Championships in April. Lara is now concentrating on bringing Felix out at small tour level later this year and her youngsters for the young horse classes.
Lara actually works full time as Quality Manager for new homes company Cyden Homes, she runs a family yard and team of staff, Cyden Dressage and now competes her own Stallions as well as organising their breeding schedules.
Cyden Stallions now stand yearly at Stud at Stallion AI services with fresh and chilled semen available for a limited time, however frozen semen is available all year round.
Cyden Dressage started their breeding programme in 2013 with their own Stallions (Cadans M, Bodyguard and Amigo) and broodmares so their offspring will be available to watch in the young horse classes this year.
Lara is very lucky to be supported by Feather Dressage and as you can imagine for Lara 5am starts and 10pm finishes are a normal way of life!
Ellie is an 18 year old young rider from Yorkshire and currently doing a Level 3 Apprenticeship, through Stubbings Court, at Sykehouse Arena, where she is lucky enough to live.
“I started competing on horses when I was twelve with my horse of a lifetime Daisy, and have been producing show jumpers up to international 1.30m's since, and thoroughly enjoy it. We have 15 horses at home ranging from youngsters to veterans and everything in between! I was lucky enough last year to compete and groom on the Sunshine Tour in Spain with Joe Whitaker, gaining invaluable experience.
My aims for 2017 are to complete my level one course building and to start the process of becoming a UKCC coach. I would love for my horses Nora, Fly and Dexter- jumping Foxhunters and qualify for Nationals in British Novice and Discovery, Bella and Lucie jumping Newcomers and have their clears for 2018 in Novice and Discovery
Daisy I want her to be enjoying her old age and playing around 1.10m's, Fred to be back competing and enjoying himself. I would love Archie and Val to be ridden away and jumping British Novice but as long as they are all fit, happy and healthy, then I am happy!"