Hayley’s competition career started at a very young age, helping as her own mother’s jockey to break, produce and show youngsters for sale. She then naturally progressing from showing and working hunter ponies into Show Jumping, her teens saw her traveling all over the country to include participating at Hickstead and selling her mounts to the Whittakers.
Hayley’s competitive career has taken a couple of significant breaks, she was forced to reassess her career due to the Foot and Mouth crisis, this 3 year break from the sport during which she joined the Greater Manchester Police Force, served only to reinforce her vocation and ensured her return to horses. Upon returning Hayley joined a Show Jumping yard, but the opportunity to join Astrid’s yard as a rider came 12 months later. The chance of riding and endless supply of quality horses put competing on a second plane, breaking and producing sports horses had to take priority. During Hayley’s first few years, Dressage became Astrid’s focus of attention and as a result Hayley had to adapt her riding style to suit this discipline. Under Astrid’s guidance this process begun as a means of producing horses for a growing clientele.
Hayley’s return to competition life has been a challenging road, a failed project sold as a talented 4 year old returned to the yard labeled un ridable. Zidanne needed special care and that is what he was given. Methodical training and attention to detail have been essential; he has forced both Astrid and Hayley to think outside the box and to combine their strengths to take him from “un-ridable” to National Champion. Without a doubt Zidanne has contributed to improving both Hayley’s riding and Astrid’s coaching abilities. He living proof that athletic potential can only be reached with hard work and determination. His career is still in development and his training continues to challenge and strengthen Hayley and Astrid’s team work.
Winning 5 National Championships in the short span of 3 years since first sitting a dressage, have made Hayley an easily recognised figure in the Dressage field. Despite a limited amount of dedication to competitive riding, she has an amazing track record …