My name is Kelly Turner. I’m 30 years old and have been riding since the age of two years. Horses have always had a prominent and integral place within my life beginning with my parents, who ran a livery stables, I have been lucky enough to have grown up progressing through various ponies and into horses, successfully competing and representing Pony Club teams to area level. Being a member of the Oakley Hunt West, I was a part of the dressage, show jumping and eventing Teams. My experiences as part of the Pony Club were some of my happiest and I am so grateful for the skills and knowledge it left me with. As a result of my time with the Pony Club I set my heart on eventing and have never looked back. I now have a love of dressage as much as eventing and am relishing the challenge of combining both disciplines, aiming to be successful at the top level.
More recently, I have been training and competing my own horse, ‘Londons Playboy’, bred by my mother, who I took on from just having been backed, progressing to Novice level – BE. Londons Playboy was by ‘London’s Night Owl’, also homebred by my mother, who was successfully competed by Mark Todd at International level. I have also been successfully competing my father’s 17’1” Dutch Warmblood gelding ‘Talented Boy’ (by top showjumping sire “Voltaire” with Cor De La Bryere down his Dams side) whom I have progressed up to medium BD, foxhunter BS and pre-novice BE. Being bred for showjumping he has tremendous scope and is naturally talented and balanced on the flat with a wow, look at me factor in the dressage ring – the judges really seem to love him. Talented Boy, stable name ‘Amigo’ used to be a very spooky horse, and rather scared of open spaces. Through perseverance and progression we have managed to overcome this and get out onto the cross-country course and eventing. Over the last year he has noticeably matured and become braver than he has ever been.
2010/2011 season so far………
Out of the last five events at the end of last year that we ran at, we won three and came second twice, winning the BE100 Regional Finals at Milton Keynes, and so qualifying for the Grassroots Championships at Badminton 2011. We have come out at the beginning of this year gaining great results competing in British Dressage, having almost gained the required qualifying points for the Elementary Regional’s , with my aim being to achieve qualification to the Summer Nationals at Stoneleigh in September 2011.
We won our second British Eventing event of the 2011 season at Larkhill, finishing on our dressage score, before going on to win both sections of the Petplan Equine Open Novice Championships at the Winter Dressage Championships held at Hartpury. Heading the first section with a score of 68.10%, we then went on to head the second section with our best ever score of 70.34%. Just six days later we went on to win the BE100 Grassroots Championships at Badminton Horse Trials with a dressage score of 25.8, followed by a superb clear round show jumping, resulting in us going into the cross country phase in first. “Amigo” put in a foot perfect fast clear round to finish just seconds under the optimum time and therefore crowning us BE100 Mitsubishi Grassroots Champions for 2011. We have had an amazing start to the season.
I am also now bringing on a 5 year old Irish Sports Horse chestnut gelding, who i backed and am now producing. He shows great promise, having already achieved placings both show jumping and dressage at unaffiliated level.
In order to continue to compete ‘Talented Boy’ and to fulfil his potential and help towards my long term aim of being competitive at the highest level, due to financial constraints, unfortunately it became necessary to sell ‘Londons Playboy’ who has now gone to a fantastic home where he continues to compete.
Training and Teaching
I have undertaken training with Gill Watson to improve my eventing, Nicola McGivern for my dressage and Nick Turner for my show jumping. My experiences of undertaking training not only help me continue to further my knowledge and ability, something I will continue to strive for indefinitely, but also to develop my own teaching style.
I have gained a great passion for teaching over the past few years and find it particularly satisfying to see improvement and harmony between both horse and rider. Each individual client has their own personal aims and goals and to help in achieving these and progressing, provides the main basis for why I love teaching.