After a fairly brief but successful pony rider career, I was blessed to have Aquablade as my transition horse and schoolmaster in the junior classes. My career moved forward with leaps and bounds (no pun intended) when I acquired Tack N Togs Hillview Paddy from Debby Taylor of KZN in 2013.  The highlights of my Junior /Young rider career are: winning the Philip Smith Equitation, Junior Derby, Junior Presidents Cup and the Hilmar Meyer Series. Winning the Hilmar Meyer series on Tack N Togs Hillview Paddy, was certainly the highpoint of my career to date, as it allowed me to spend several weeks in Germany, where I was given the opportunity to ride and compete on some top horses. This experience also gave me an insight into the life of a professional rider on the European Circuit. I am 22 years old and currently doing a BSc at the University of Pretoria, so it is challenging to fit in my studies and still continue to ride competitively. I am very fortunate to have three super horses competing in the Adult open classes; Leanorth Boom Boom, Evergreen M, and my top mount, Tack N Togs Hillview Paddy. To complete the string I have a young horse called Callaho Lorenzo, who won the 5 year old YHPS series in 2016 and is progressing nicely through the grades.  My other interests include Latin American and Ballroom dancing, where I compete with my dance partner and girlfriend Katya Vlahopoulos. I also enjoy water skiing and working out at the gym.  I couldn’t hope to do all the above without the help and support of my family and the staff at Willowbrook Stud. I make a special mention of my grooms, whose affinity with horses always amazes me.  A big thank you to Tack N Togs for their continued support and for providing me with my stylish riding attire.

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