How it all started
Bella started riding when she was 11 years old.
Bought her own horse “Just Pip” (Pip) in 1987 and had great success in Show Jumping, Cross Country events and Ridden Showing, until he was sold in 1991.
Bella rode for Joanna Gillespie, owner of Vicarage Farm Stables, Sunbury. Winning numerous showing events while competing in Riding Horse and Show Hunter classes, plus winning Ridden Show Champion on several occasions.
Bella took a break from riding and spent a few years enjoying her other passion, "Dancing", successfully competing in Ballroom, Latin and Salsa competitions. Her trainers included Anton Du Beck and Erin Boag who are dance professionals on the very popular "Strictly Come Dancing".
Bella works full time in the Marketing Department at Honda Head Office and has been with the company since 2002. Bella really enjoys working at Honda due to the challenging and very varied role, plus working with a great team of people.
For the love of Dressage
Bella started riding a 6yr old 16.2hh Hanoverian black gelding called Rodolfo (Rudy) in October 2013 and a 21yr old 14.1hh chestnut mare called Fully Connected (Folly) September 2012, both owned by Stuart Boyle. Bella competes on Rudy and Folly in "Dressage” which had a large coverage during the Olympics, also described as the dancing horses. Bella also has the opportunity to compete on other horses owned by Stuart.
In September 2015 a new all weather school was completed at the yard where Rudy is stabled. Bella riding Rudy were the first to ride on it, "it was like riding on air, so wonderful to have a lovely surface to train on, the new school is going to help Rudy and me improve considerably". "It was a lot of hard work and a few callouses on my hands, not to mention aches and pains in places I didn't know existed, as we did the majority of the work by hand to build the school." "It has so been worth all the hard work, we are very lucky to have a wonderful school to ride in."
In February 2017 Bella took full ownership of her beloved Rudy, a dream come true and she still can't quite believe it.
Bella and Rudy
September 2015 They came 2nd in the Rob Waine Summer Dressage League.
Through out 2015 their percentage has increased from 60%+ to 70%+ winning numerous Prelim and Novice level classes. view results
Qualified for 2 Dressage Championships to be held in 2016
2015 has been a great year for Bella and Rudy.. They are now training at home on some Elementary movements.
Bella and Folly
Qualified for 3 Dressage Championships:
6 July’13 (sponsored by Nettex held at Pachesham Equestrian Centre, Leatherhead) view results
18 August’13 (sponsored by various companies held at Merrist Wood, Guildford) view results
26 & 27 September’13 (Sunshine Tour Championship sponsored by various companies held at Great Bookham Equestrian Centre)
In April 2014 Bella purchased her own horse box (a 1986 Leyland Roadrunner called Bluebell) to enable her to attend training/lessons/clinics and compete more often.
Bella's Past achievements
Won a number of Coloured Horse and Pony classes, plus Champion and Reserve Champion, riding a stunning 14.1hh coloured gelding called "William", owned by Daniel Nichols.
Won Coloured Horse and Pony class at Hickstead and then won the Championship riding a 14.2hh coloured mare called Shantih owned by Anita Taylor. Bella and Shantih led the horse parade around the main arena past the very famous “Derby Bank”, still one of the highlights of her showing achievements. There was a write up called “Bella’s Big Day” in the local paper.
Won the Balanced Horse Feeds Championship and then won Show Supreme Champion, riding a 16.2hh chestnut gelding called Kinvara (George), owned by Jackie Sutton. Bella and Kinvara featured in a half page spread in Horse & Hound. They also had a photo in Horse & Rider magazine.
Bella also appeared again in Horse & Hound pictured on an Andalusian Stallion called Eremo owned by Diane Whiting.
The ever increasing cost of training and competing has brought about Bella looking for sponsors. Finding sponsorship will mean she can continue her passion for competing in dressage competitions and moving up to a higher level in the future.
Bella is so very lucky to have a first class team of Sponsors supporting her and Rudy and cannot thank them enough, please visit her Sponsors Page.