I was born in Taihape in the Central North Island in 1946.
I was bought up in the Kingcountry in a small town called NihoNiho on a dairy and dry stock farm.
I was thrown astride a horse at the age of three years and from then on have always wanted to be near them.
I learnt to ride on a Shetland pony called TIDDLEWICKS and boy did I have some tumbles.
Bare back riding was the norm and with older cousins and brothers always yelling at me to ‘KEEP UP’, I quickly saw my total of 100 falls required to becoming a rider !!
I attended Pony Club at the age of 14 years at Matiere and wasn’t very good. Didn’t like my hands been smacked for not having my thumbs up ! OUCH. Preferred galloping around the farms dressed up as the PHANTOM or as COWBOYS and treasured my days with DAD mustering the hills with horses and dogs.
I went nursing and married my wonderful BILL [47 + yrs now] and had two girls who like me enjoyed horses.
I become a Pony Club instructor and was for approximately 46yrs on a regular basis. [NO I DIDNT SMACK HANDS WITH STICK]
I am an Equine Industry Tutor and Examiner.
I am a Level 4 ESNZ Dressage Judge.
I am a Member of PONYCLUB, DRESSAGE CLUB, ADULT RIDING CLUB and I am the BRIDLEWAYS CONVENOR AT NATIONAL LEVEL.
I like competing for myself .
I enjoy eventing as my main discipline but have done them all and like my horses to be alrounders.
I have completed a NATIONAL THREE DAY EVENT in Taupo .
TODAY I have two horses which I ride out and about with and school etc four to five times a week.
I compete in lower level events now and hope to continue riding until I can’t get in the saddle, THEN WATCH OUT, for my wonderful marriage may end as I have indicated I will need a Minature horse to share my mat beneath my feet. Haha
Bev is the 3rd rider.