Lottie has worked closely with Connie as an assistant trainer since 2006.
Lottie is small enough to ride and train ponies but also has the experience and confidence to ride, train and take increasing amounts of responsibility for the more challenging horses.
Her even and warm personality is ideally suited to judging when and how to progress the training of young and sensitive horses.
She is also acutely attuned to the physical and emotional well being of all the horses on the yard and takes great care to observe their behaviour and ensure that they are happy.
Layla grew up with the Cotley Hunt Pony club and enjoyed eventing and tetrathlon for many years. She has worked in eventing, racing and breaking yards which has expanded both her knowledge and riding ability.
She has produced her 9 year old mare up to BE Advanced level and jumping BS 1.30 tracks. This season as well as running her and looking to proceed up the levels, she will be running her exciting 5 year old who will debut this spring.
"Every horse is an individual character and I find it fascinating to see how the different training methods Connie uses can bring out their potential, and enable them to enjoy life. Horses shaped my childhood and continue to be my passion both for competing and enjoyment, and I couldn't live without them."
Having hunted from a young age, done Pony Club and riding club mainly show jumping, Anna then did a national diploma in horse studies at Kingston Maurward, completed bhs stage 1,2,3 and her ptt. She then went on work experience at Catherston stud from college where she was offered a full time job upon leaving college.
She has been riding young horses from the age of 17. At Catherston she did nvq 2 and 3 in horses and became an nvq assessor. She also completed her BEVA AI technion course so is qualified to artificially inseminate mares with chilled and frozen semen. She has done all aspects of stallion handling ie taking to cover mares collections and ridden competition stallions such as Cevin Z, Catherston Liberator, Catherston Springsteen etc and helped with the breaking of young colts. Her time at Catherston was mainly stud work and riding 3/4 year olds. She has worked with hunters and was assistant yard manager at Kingston Maurward for a time where she did some teaching.
"My passion has always been young horses where I was lucky enough to start working for Connie and was amazed by the results her training methods had on the horses mental state, how calm they were and even in a stressful situation the horses are able to process and learn the training more positively and willingly. I find Connie's way of training not only more beneficial for the horses but so much safer for the riders. I feel horses sometimes come onto the yard and breath a sigh of relief as it is a very natural and calm environment which gives them a good platform to start their ridden careers. I am very interested in the rehabilitation side and enjoy working along side our physio using stretches and exercises along with massage to help build, strengthen and make these young horses more comfortable in their transition into ridden work in order to make the tasks asked of them more achievable."