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Meeting Ruth Walker

Hello everyone!  I am a new blogger to the company of Pony Couture and I am super excited to have been given this opportunity to join their wonderful team.  This post is going to allow you get to know me a bit more in depth and have an insight into what my life is like, both past equestrian experiences and what I am doing currently.  My blog posts will be a mixture of all kinds of topics so each one will be different and I will aim to give you all an exciting read.

So, here goes...

Meet Ruth Walker one of PonyCoutures equestrian blogger
Meet Ruth Walker

My name is Ruth Walker and I am a 17-year-old college student from North East Lincolnshire.  I first got into the equestrian scene when my mother booked me onto my first riding lesson at the young age of 4 and my passion just grew from there.

Firstly, I stuck with weekly riding lessons until the age of about 8 and then I started to take part in more of the activities such as ‘Own Your Own Pony’ and ‘Pony Camp’ throughout the school holidays.  I progressed through the horses and ponies at one riding school and then moved to another to became a ‘helper’, at 10 years-of-age, for several years.

Being known for his quirkiness and being difficult to ride, it is fair to say I was rather nervous to ride him let alone jump.

At the age of 11 I first rode a 15.1hh horse called Sebastian on a ‘Show-Jump Schooling’ activity during the Easter holidays.  I am short (height-wise) now but at this point in time I was much shorter that I had to ride with spurs to help Seb feel my leg aids because my feet only just came off the edge of the saddle flaps!

Being known for his quirkiness and being difficult to ride, it is fair to say I was rather nervous to ride him let alone jump.  Although I could not get him to canter, our session together went really well and I came away feeling more relaxed about the prospect of riding him.

He soon became the horse which I loved to ride and I rode him at every opportunity I had (these were usually on the rides we were given in return for our help on the yard) as he was hardly used in the riding school.  Unfortunately, Seb turned lame all of a sudden and was out of action for quite some time.

equestrian blogger ruth walker riding her 15.1hh chestnut gelding Sebastian.
Ruth on board Sebastian

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Ruth Walker PonyCouture equestrian blogger riding Billie young bay gelding
Ruth helped bring on Billie

It was during this time that I had been offered to ride and help a young gelding (aged 4/5) with his ridden education.  I quickly took up this offer and began to work Billie on a regular basis on lessons, ‘helper’ lessons, and during my free time.

The opportunity arose in the summer of 2011 for me to loan Billie and I was so happy and grateful that my parents were willing to let me do so.  I loaned Billie for 18 months and throughout that time (and previous to it) we grew and improved together and I taught Billie how to jump up to 75cm which is something I was always told he would not be able to do!

 

In 2013 the time had come where I needed to move onto something more challenging than Billie and this is where I was reunited with my old friend Sebastian.

Old Friends and the New

In 2013 the time had come where I needed to move onto something more challenging than Billie and this is where I was reunited with my old friend Sebastian.
I began to ride him again (whilst I still loaned Billie) in January 2013 until he became my loan in July and Billie had found a lovely new little girl to loan him.  Seb and I have had our highs and lows throughout these past 3 and a half years but we are still going strong.  We compete regularly in all disciplines and have grown to become a rather successful pairing and after a fair 6 years of riding him and 3.5 of loaning him, it is fair to say that I finally know how to push his buttons and work with his little quirks (which seem to have subsided now).

Seb began as ‘that horse that no one wanted to ride’ but has turned out to be the most valuable horse within the riding school.  He has taught many people how to really ride, increase their ‘stick-ability’ (as he can throw some rather extravagant bucks as well as jumps) and not to put your legs back whilst jumping because he is known to buck and bronc if this does happen!

"Seb began as ‘that horse that no one wanted to ride’ but has turned out to be the most valuable horse within the riding school."  

Another pony which I ride and compete is a 13.2hh, 7-year-old, stunning looking mare called Odelle.

Her owners contacted me towards the end of summer 2015 and asked if I was interested in bringing on a young mare who had a talent for jumping. Since I have been riding her she has come on in leaps and bounds going from cat leaping over 20cm cross poles to competing and clearing courses of 90cm both showjumping and cross country.

We compete almost every weekend and are usually coming home with pretty coloured rosettes from all of our outings.

We have competed at the Horseware National Hunter Trial Series Championship Final at Eland Lodge in 2016 as we managed to qualify at the very last qualifier event at Hackthorn the weekend before the finals.

We are going to the finals again this year (2017) and this will definitely be one of my blog topics so keep an eye out for that in October!  We are now members of The Brocklesby Hunt Pony Club and are looking forward to an exciting and successful new year.

 

We have competed at the Horseware National Hunter Trial Series Championship Final at Eland Lodge in 2016 as we managed to qualify at the very last qualifier event at Hackthorn the weekend before the finals.

 

Ruth Walker riding Odelle at the Horseware National Hunter Trial Series Championship Final at Eland Lodge riding in an eventing saddle wearing a black bridle and wearing purple and yellow cross country colours with stars on XC colours on her beautiful chestnut mare
Ruth and Odelle compete regularly

I hope this has helped you to understand how I got to where I am today regarding my equestrian life and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me through my Facebook page ‘Ruth Walker – Equestrian’, my Instagram ‘@ruthwalker.eq’, or my Twitter account ‘@ruthwalker_eq’.  I am always willing to answer your queries and I am happy to give advice if I feel I can help you out too!  Thank you for reading and I will be writing again soon.

Bye for now

Ruth x

Ruth walker riding her chestnut horse at a competition wearing a navy show jacket and riding hat in a saddle.
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Ruth Walker

Ruth is a 17 year old rider from North East Lincolnshire. She has been riding from the age of 4 which had led to equestrian being her ultimate passion.Equestrian bling is another one of her many passions as she takes pride in her turn out and always likes to look her best.

She has brought on a young mare (called Delli) in all aspects of riding since the summer of 2015 where jumping has been their most successful. Going from cat leaping over poles on the ground to clearing courses of 90cm and even qualifying and competing at the Horseware National Hunter Trial Series Championship Final at Eland Lodge in 2016. Their dressage has improved greatly too and they hope to gain more experience in this discipline throughout this new year.They are now members of the Brocklesby Hunt Pony Club and are looking forward to a successful 2017.

Ruth is currently studying for her Alevels in Geography, Psychology, and Sociology at Franklin College in Grimsby and hopes to have a career in the Mounted Police Force.

If you wish to keep up to date with Ruth's equestrian antics please like her Facebook page 'Ruth Walker - Equestrian' and follow her on Instagram at '@ruthwalker.eq'
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