Tara spent her early years with the Beaufort Hunt Pony Club, hunting on and off with the Beaufort since her teenage years, starting affiliated show jumping in 1992 and affiliated eventing in 1995.
Tara initially trained with Gary Witherford in 1996 to learn about “starting” horses with a kind and stress free method which gives the young horse a confident start to life, even experiencing Gary starting a Zebra !!.
Having competed many different horses, Tara has gained a vast amount of experience and knowledge, especially with difficult horses and has learned how to get the best from them.
Tara has trained with many different riders such as : Williams Miflin, Andrew Bennie, Robert Stevens, Stef Eardley, Helen Cole & Fiona Hobby and Shaun Mandy.
Tara lived abroad working on super yachts for a few years but finally returned to riding in 2005 and began eventing again with a home produced “unrideable” chestnut mare “Wingy”, her only fault really being a bit too keen !! Tara rode her up to BE100 competing their first be100 clear xc inside the time, however we have now found her true joy in life… Hunting !
Tara was then handed down the ride on Tiger Rag III Winston’s (brother) old Advanced Horse, Tara took him on at Novice Level and competed up to Intermediate and International CIC2* level completing Barbury Castle CIC2* in 2011 aged 19 and Gatcombe CIC1* in 2012 age 20, he was retired in 2013 due to a fractured pedal bone and is now ruling the roost at Park Farm !
Whisker Anthem came home after a successful kissing spine operation and Tara rehabilitated him and took him back to Novice level eventing.
Mr Jumbo Jangles (Stallion) “Fluffy” joined us in 2011 as an uncut 3yr old, his breeding is exceptional as is his talent and he has been kept entire mainly for our own use. in 2013 he has given us a stunning colt foal “Henry”.
Tara has slowly produced him, competing mainly in show jumping in 2013 qualifying for the KBIS British Novice Regional Finals for 2014 winning 3 out of the 4 qualifying rounds and 3rd in the other.
Zeitgeist joined the team in July 2013 to try and fill the shoes of Rags, big shoes to fill. In 2016 Jerry completed our 5 required Intermediate qualifying rounds to move on up to Advanced in 2017. We achieved a fab qr at Hartpury CCI1*and completed Gatcombe CIC2* with a fab Clear XC. So its onwards and upward in 2017 with 2* and advanced plans with the aim of 3* 🙂