Claire is an event rider based locally to Bex's Browbands and she first became a customer of ours around 5 years ago.
Claire breeds, produces, competes and sells event horses and ponies, breeding from her retired competition mares, to produce a modern sports horse/pony.
Her horses include:
Lichotas Optimism, a.k.a. Oppy - 2007 Dark Bay Gelding WB x TB. Level: British Eventing Intermediate/2*
Farleaze Lady’s Waltz, a.k.a. Tiddles - 2010 Chestnut Mare WB x TB. Level: British Eventing Novice
Farleaze Lady Grey, a.k.a. Lily - 2003 Grey Mare WB x Level: British Showjumping & Riding Club
Farleaze Lady Larkrise, a.k.a Lana - 2011 Bay Mare TB x ISH Level: starting at British Eventing 90
Farleaze Lord Prenwyn, a.k.a. Woody - 2012 Bay Stallion Welsh Sec D
Claires aims for 2019:
With Lily and Oppy off with injuries and recoveries, the focus now falls on pony stallion Farleaze Lord Prenwyn this season.
Claire is going to focus on dressage with him and is hoping to gain Winter Regional qualifications at Novice and Elementary.
Claire also has three young horses that she will produce this year:
- 4 yo full brother to Farleaze Lord Prenwyn
- 4 yo coloured gelding - aim is for BYEH later in the summer
- 5 yo coloured mare (half sister to the above geling) - aim is to produce slowly and bring on for next season.
More about Claire...
Achievements to date
"Having learnt to ride at a very early age, I quickly discovered I had a talent for producing young and inexperienced ponies. I bought young ponies, schooled them on and competed them in many disciplines from WHP, BS and all pony club activities, being a very active member of all pony club teams.
Buying, producing and selling a few ponies before my teenage years , allowed me to buy a 4year old 14.2 pony when I was 11yrs old, called Forest Breeze (Whoopy), who I partnered to winning the final selection trial for the GB Pony Eventing Squad in 1999, our first year at the level. I was selected as the non-travelling reserve. Whoopy and I also experienced much success in other disciplines including WHP where we won the BSPS Gold Cup, both Riding club and Pony Club teams, being placed at both club Championships in eventing, hunter trials and WHP. We also competed in a lot of pony BS, where Whoopy won nearly £500 in a couple of years. Having concentrated on my academic career following that summer, returned to serious competition in 2008, when I competed my 14.1 Welsh Section D mare in BD and BE competitions where we were placed at the BD Summer Nationals, and were awarded the highest placed British Bred Mare. In the following years we were placed in the top 15 at the BE Grassroots Championships (now the Mitsubishi Cup) and won the PetPlan elementary Regional Dressage Championship.
Through injury Tikka was retired from competition to be a broodmare, producing 4 beautiful colt foals, the eldest being 5yo (Woody). I bought a 4yo coloured mare in 2007, called Flash Dance (Flo), who I evented up to intermediate level as a 7yo, without a xc fault. Flo showed me that I could transfer my knowledge and experience of producing young ponies, into producing young event horses. Flo was retired from competition due to injury as an 8yo and has produced us 3 beautiful fillies and a colt. The eldest bing Lana, who is very much following in her mother’s hoof prints, showing a bold trainable attitude.
We have taken the mares with foal at foot several times to the BEF Futurity, to gain recognition for our breeding programme, and we have been rewarded for our efforts. Both mares were awarded their Breeding Premiums, only awarded if they produce foals of quality scoring a higher first or elite status. Each produced a foal that only just missed scoring elite, being awarded very highly mark Higher First Premiums.
Excluding Lily (whom I bought as a just backed 3yo), I have backed and produced all my current horses myself and with the exception of Oppy and Lily, we have bred ourselves. Oppy is actually very low mileage for his age. Despite this, he has come 2nd in several Intermediates, a top 20 finish in his last 2*, a top 10 finish in his last 1*, and several other top 10 placings at both novice and intermediate level. Tiddles has had several top 10 placings at BE100 and a 7th at novice last season, before taking a break to work on our partnership. A winter of training appears to have paid off, as this season she has not only been placed 4th in the Newcomers at the Summerhouse EC Christmas Cracker BS show, but has in her last 3 outings won, 2 eventers’ challenge at 100cm and 1.10m and a novice dressage competition, scoring 74.76% (and also coming 3rd with 72.61%). She gained over 72% at elementary level at another recent competition. We have just completed our first BE novice of the season at Aldon International Horse trials, where we finished 4th in a strong section, on a dressage of 28.3, one down sj and a steady clear xc. Gatcombe Horse trials secured another strong finish for us, finishing just outside the top ten. I have high hopes for the next couple of competitions which are Weston Park novice and the Hambledon CIC1*, having made that competitive start. Lily has also benefited from winter training, competing in the BE Jumping and Style (JAS) series, being placed in the top 10 in both her competitions, qualifying for the Championship at Hartpury College, where she was also placed 10th=. She was also part of the RC Eventers’ Challenge open team that won our area competition, thus qualifying for the championship at the Festival of the Horse in May.
I regularly volunteer for British Eventing, and so as well as these riding aims, I am planning to become registered and trained as a BD dressage judge which will allow me to be involved in a number of other competitions and provide clinics into test riding."