Having lived in Singapore from the age of 3, horse riding was not accessible to Helen in her early years. However despite this Helen seized every opportunity, whilst visiting relatives at holiday time back in the UK, having riding lessons and hacking much to the frustration of her non horsey parents. As horse riding became more accessible in Singapore, from the age of 10, Helen ‘ditched’ swimming and gymnastics to become a full time rider. By the age of 12 years Helen was competing for her riding club in dressage at medium level and show jumping 1.10m tracks. Helen admits that dressage was not her strength and that jumping has always been her true passion with eventing becoming her overall thrill since moving to the UK in 1992 at the age of 16.
Throughout her years of riding, Helen has been extremely lucky to have trained with many inspirational coaches, from her strict Danish instructor in Singapore to Pammy Hutton FBHS at Talland where she spent most half terms whilst at boarding school. Helen has competed up to Intermediate eventing on board her first event horse and since then her focus has been working with young horses and retraining racehorses.
Helen gained her BHSAI qualification whilst studying for her A’ Levels at boarding school, then went on to Hartpury college where she gained her HNDHS. Helen has worked in most disciplines across the equine industry from polo to hunting to eventing. However her main interest has always been in teaching and openly admits that she gets a real buzz out of helping riders and horses achieve a close successful partnership.
Helens true passion shines through when she teaches and is shown in her natural ability to encourage and develop a horse and rider in a very calm and quiet way. CROWN is delighted to be able to offer training with such a wonderful caring teacher.