Raised in South Africa, I developed an interest and love of horse riding at a very early age, going on to be awarded the first of 9 provincial dressage colours at the age of 15.
At 19, as a member of the South African Lipizzaner team, I was invited to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna and trained there for a several months. This was an amazing experience and privilege, and a highlight in my carreer as they only took one student per year at that time.
It was a great honour to be the youngest sportswoman in South Africa to receive National Colours at 23. My successes included winning all major competitions and the South African Individual Dressage Championship many times as a Junior and Adult on different horses – Arctic Lover, Siglavy Mars, Westward Ho, Amstel, Gallium, Picola, Alaric and Edelmann.
In 1997 I emigrated to Germany to further my career internationally and was accepted to train with the current German National Coach Jonny Hilberath, with whom I was extremely fortunate to train with for nineteen years. We continue to have a great working relationship.
During my time in Germany I also backed and produced young horses for Bradstone Stud and produced and competed numerous horses up to Grand Prix. This included winning in Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special, and many placings in Prix St George and Intermediare 1 at German National Shows. My horses were Edelmann, Alaric, L’Amie, Wie Versace, Don Bu’Bano, Dancing Queen, Mandala, Florentina, Wenckstern, Dewina and Danzer.
In Europe I placed consistently and regularly on Edelmann, Don Bu’Bano and Wenckstern
|Germany||CDIO Aachen and CDI’s Hagen, Lingen, Bremen, Norten-Hardenburg, Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich, Balve, Braunschweig, and Oldenburg|
|Holland||Rotterdam, Gelderland, Arnheim, S’Hertogenbosch, and Zwolle|
|Sweden||Flyinge and Falsterbo|
One of the many highlights was the privilege of representing South Africa at two World Equestrian Games. I also qualified for a third WEG and two Olympic Games. But sadly, health problems with my horses made it impossible to compete at those events.