Alexa

Equestrian enthusiast with an everlasting love for my four legged counterparts. Their journies have only just started, but for me the reward of taking a horse foaled at home, broken by myself to their first competition and up the grades is irreplaceable. Our family run Greenhays Stud is forming a lovely platform of quality young horses aiming for a manerly approach to top end competition.

How do I combine university and horses?
I was very lucky to be supported at school in my younger years who enabled me to have at least half a day riding the horses 5 days a week all year round. I managed to juggle travelling around the country competing in Pony and Junior trials with A levels of Economics, Biology and PE achieving A*AA. After taking a gap year to peruse horses full time 2016/17 I now study Business Economics at the University Of Exeter. The 1 hour commute and low contact hours means that although I spend up to 10 hours on the road a week I have time to train horses both at home and for other people most days of the week.
My time doing u16 British team trials was very rewarding – I produced two ponies from no eventing experience (one from jumping for 1st time) to top 10 placing in pony trials and national championships. Following this I successfully competed in Junior trials and championships before focusing on my Young Rider team aspirations.
Sadly all went wrong in 2018 when I hit the deck hard in a cross country fall at Little Downham Intermediate, air lifted to hospital I was diagnosed with severe traumatic brain injury. The prognosis was poor and my family were prepared for the worst as I initially struggled to regain consciousness. Outstanding care during my month long stay at Addenbrookes hospital meant I had the opportunity to be involved in a clinical drug trial, despite suffering post traumatic amnesia so badly I remember very little from my time in hospital my recovery accelerated after 2 months. I gained confidence and motivation thanks to support from family, friends and sponsors. It was frightening not knowing whether or not I’d be able to return to enjoying my equestrian passion – when getting back on 6 months later I knew all was okay! In reality I’ve ended up even more appreciative and determined than before, especially now, having had a successful return to competition!
I also enjoy coaching my younger sister Kitty, who has taken on riding Ogue Caviar, a horse I’ve produced since a rising 6 year old and has now formed a fantastic schoolmaster after competing at the higher levels. This year they have finished on the podium individually at Inter-County and as a team at Inter-Regionals, despite Kitty having little preparation due to a torn ACL.

2019 success so far:
Inter-County champion – British Dressage Youth
Inter-Regional bronze individually & team champion
Win at Bicton Arena BE Novice (many other top 10 placings)
Other goals for 2019:
Home International Young Rider Dressage Championship
Pony Club Open Dressage Championship
British Eventing National Championship for 6 year olds
My Moto : Dream big. Work hard. Never stop believing that anything is possible.