Rachel Poyser (aka me)
My name is Rachel Poyser and im a Grassroot Amateur event rider based in the Vale of Belvoir. I have one horse, called Twizzy
I have ridden for as long as I can remember. Learning to ride on a seaside Donkey during the winter months. When I was 4 my Gran bought me my first pony, called Midget. He was 11.2hh grey gelding. You could say this is where my love of Greys began. While I had Midget, we were unstoppable in the show ring. With Mum running next to me in the lead rein classes. When I became to big for Midget he was sold on and along came Samson.
Samson was a 13hh bay pony, who was bought to teach me to go off the lead rein and to jump. This is what he did very well. If I stopped kicking he would stop. Perfect you might think, but he also did the same over jumps, letting me jump the fence before he would! I didn't have Samson for very long and the next pony in the line was Perky.
Perky was a 13.2hh grey mare, who was bought to give me confidence over fences and she did this very quickly. We flew up the lower levels in the Belvoir Pony Club on the under 10 Show Jumping teams. When I got to big for Perky along came Beau.
Beau was a 14hh steel grey gelding, who was bought to do the same job as Perky.
He did this very well. Beau also did very well in a working hunter ring, winning or coming 2nd. As I was 11 when I had Beau I grew rather quick, and once we had formed a partnership it was time to move him on. Beau was sold to a young girl in the same village as us.
After Beau we had Tim on loan and once again, another grey. Tim was very good at dressage but his jumping, well that could be great one day and a nightmare the next. We didn't keep Tim for very long and we soon picked up Connie.
Connie was a 14.2 Bay mare. She was the best hunting pony anybody could a asked for, although just like Tim if she didnt want to jump she wouldn't. I sold Connie and bought Millie.
Millie was the pony that turned my ridding around. A 15.2 Dappled grey mare with a love for jumping. I remember taking her to our first SJ show and I didnt dare jump the 50cm class on her.
After having two ponies that would stop, I wasn't overly confident. within a year of not wanting to jump anything I was put on the Belvoir Pony Club Novice Eventing team. Millie gave me so much confidence and when the time came to find her a new home , myself and my Mum were so upset.
Millie made me love eventing. The thrill of knowing that she wasn't going to stop, run out etc. I hope that Twizzy will be just as good as Millie in the near future, but only time will tell.
Forever Unique (Twizzy)
Forever Unique ' Twizzy' is a 16.3 Belgium Warmblood. In July 2009, I was looking for my next horse to take me on the next level eventing. After selling Millie I knew this was going to be a hard postion for the new horse to fill. After seeing Twizzy online myself and my Mum went over to see her. She was very green in the jumping, but her dressage and flat work was very well advanced for her age.
However......On the way home the people that had viewed her in the morning had phoned up & said they wanted her. So this left me feeling very disapointed that we had missed our chance. The following Monday Twizzy seller rang and said that the other people had backed out of the sale & if we still wanted her we could have her. We had her vetted and picked her up two weeks later.
Since I have had Twizzy she has come on leaps and bounds in her jumping, she loves XC and her SJ is getting better every time out. If Twizzy keeps improving at this rate, who knows where we will be in a few years time.
Looking on a smaller time scale. By the end of 2010 I hope to have completed a number of BE100 events successfully & of repersented the Belvoir Pony club at Area Eventing. My dream would be to get to the Championships, & by the end of 2011 had a few runs at Novice. But only time will tell.......
We are on good form this year, and hopefully we keep going in the same direction. Twizzy is without a doubt my horse of a life time.
Mum, Helen, Horse Taxi, Groom, Helper