Photo of Jade and Suarez taken by Dave Cameron photography.
Despite piloting a young inexperienced horse in the middle of Storm Ciara, Jade took the win in both the Novice Gold and Novice Gold freestyle at the weekend with her mum’s horse Suarez. Mum and daughter found Suarez as a 1.5year old and Jade, who usually backs her own horses set about the backing process. Jade explained Suarez wasn’t an easy horse to back and managed to get Jade and other riders off several times in the process. Recognising he needed time and patience Jade took the decision to ask a friend for help and together they worked through their issues.
As Suarez was a family-owned horse there wasn’t any pressure to rush him and he only competed in his first affiliated competition in November 2019. Jade and Suarez quickly clocked up qualifications for the regionals and Jade set off to Morris Equestrian with the aim of giving him a good experience and like most of us with young horses, the aim was also trying not too spook too much! The pair did much more than that and are delighted to come away with a double-win.
Storm Ciaria luckily didn’t get in the way of Suarez’s regional debut too much, Jade managed to get to the venue before the wind picked up and they then stayed on site during the worst of the weather so they didn’t have to travel in the strong winds. It was Suarez’s first stay away show and he took it all in his stride, even if the arena walk on Sunday morning was pretty tense, with lots of horses unsettled and calling to eachother.
Jade is excited for Hartpury but is determined to continue to listen to Suarez and take things at his own pace, there is no rush to do anything quickly! Jade also has her fingers crossed for a wild card for her own horse Dalriada who came 2nd in the Novice Gold freestyle class with 73%+ who she plans to start competing at elementary and medium in 2020. Dalriada is quite different to Suarez and Jade thinks he will get even better as he steps up the levels and the complicated work gives him more to think about.
Jade used to ride full-time and had several owners but made the decision to go to study rural business and surveying which she is really enjoying. Her dedication to the sport has not wained and she commutes 5 days a week across Scotland to and from University so she still has time to ride, that dedication is definitely paying off!
Jade is sponsored by Equikro and trains with Jill Grant who she says is fabulous and has been really influential on her riding.