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I was a fully qualified financial advisor with Lloyds Banking for 12 years. Deciding to follow my heart’s desire to work with horses I undertook a complete change of career and left Lloyds to become a work rider for a professional point to point yard and having a yard of 13 fully fit hunters under my sole care. Closer to home in the winter I go hunting with my two Irish Sports Horses.
Since joining In The Saddle in 2010, I've ridden many times in Spain, France, Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Croatia, Montenegro, Poland and Costa Rica. I have also extensively travelled to many destinations including Chile, Peru, India and Tunisia to name but a few.
Your favourite destination… so far?
I adore going to Africa. Every time I have been there it has been different and incredibly special. I always see something new every time and it just never ever gets repetitive as the places to choose from vary a great deal from one another. To me, Africa is like a drug, it is good for my soul and I love everything about it. I always get a hit of inner peace each time I visit.
What's on your travel bucket list?
Years ago I travelled around Peru and Chile and I have a hankering to see more of South America one day. I find South America so diverse and interesting, both culturally and scenically.
What sort of horse do you prefer?
I love to ride an Irish Sports Horse that’s over 16hh and has a great stride that covers the ground easily.
What's your most memorable travel moment?
Cantering alongside the plains game in Africa with a huge grin upon my face.
What's the best part of your job?
I love to hear how people have gotten on following their holiday, particularly when I’ve recommended a particular destination. It is so satisfying when they have had a brilliant time and enthuse about their trip. Plus of course I get to ride in some pretty special places too.
I wouldn't travel without...
Am I allowed two? Firstly, a power pack as let's face it, on 8+hr journeys across countries and borders, your mobile phone is a lifesaver. Whether it's to play downloaded Netflix films or bbc-iPlayer programmes, YouTube videos, music or E-books, you will probably rinse your battery. My second must take is solid shampoo, conditioner and toiletries! If you are restricted with baggage size and weights or have a drastically reduced liquid limit due to aircraft regulations, then these are a must have (bonus is that they are plastic free too 😊) so a total result!