Sara's love of horses and riding, which started at the age of two, continued a family interest that dates back to her great-grandmother. Progressing through Pony Club and Riding club, Sara competed in all disciplines before focusing on show jumping. Affiliating with British Showjumping, Sara competed successfully with her pony ‘Athlone Flight' on the National Circuit, with successes at the Scope Finals in 2011 and 2012. Her move onto horses, led to further success with ‘ Roscoe’ and ‘Carpigiani’ when they competed at the National Championships, the National Amateur Finals in 2013 and 2014 when they qualified for the Championship Finals.
In 2014, Sara competed at her first International and subsequently, in 2016 with ‘Carpigiani’ and her new ride 'Kamiel Deux’, Sara had success with placings on both rides in the Championship Finals at Bronze and Silver levels, jumping to 1.35/1.40m. In 2018, Sara has also competed in Belgium, with her young horse ‘Glitter', gaining a third place at 1.10m, as a part of the British Showjumping Step Up to Gold Programme.
Sara has trained with leading coaches and riders, including Matt Lanni in the UK and Jessica Mendoza, at her home in the Netherlands. Training in the Netherlands provided opportunities to train at Peelbergen and to compete at Sentower Park. These opportunities provided Sara with an insight into professional showjumping both in the UK and Europe and further confirmed her determination to pursue an equestrian career.
Sara’s competition schedule has been undertaken in parallel with gaining her educational qualifications, culminating in gaining an Honours degree in History and Politics at Warwick University, in 2016. Following University Sara has continued her studies, with selection for the British Showjumping BEF Young Professional Programme in 2017, Category C Driving Licence in 2018. and in 2019 gaining her British Showjumping UKCC level 2 coaching qualification. Following qualification Sara is coaching both individual and groups and is currently developing a coaching arrangement with a leading school in Warwickshire.
With the experience that Sara has gained on professional yards and training with professional coaches, over many years, Sara has now developed the family yard in South Warwickshire, into a professional set-up from where she trains her show jumpers. The yard is small and intimate, consisting of 4 internal stables and four traditional brick built stables, a 25x40m arena with show jumps, a wash-box, a solarium and an all-weather turn-out area. Sara is looking to add additional facilities in 2019/20 including a covered horse-walker, covered lunge pen and an extension to the menage, to 25x60m.
In addition to Sara's equestrian focus, Sara also pursues her talent for drawing animal and pet portraits. Sara specialises in bespoke coloured pencils and graphite portraits and having had many pets of her own fully understands their individual characters and the unconditional love we have for them. Sara loves to watch her portraits come to life as she brings out the individual character and unique appearance of each portrait she draws.
Sara is a fully insured Level 2 Showjumping Coach
Sara teaches horses and riders of all ages and abilities, tailoring lessons to enable individuals to progress and achieve their goals, whether that be to jump BS, BE, or simply to have fun.
Sara aims to share her knowledge and love for the sport, to help improve and support everyone she teaches
Sara is available to take on new rides as well as compete on a freelance basis
Sara is available for schooling exercising horse either on a regular basis or holiday cover
Equine and animal portraits
Sara also draws highly detailed pet portrait of pets and other animals. If you are interested in a commission please contact for more information.
Coloured Pencil Portraits (Head shots)
7x9 - £200
8x12 - 300
12x16 - £500
Coloured Pencil Portrait (Full Body)
8x12 - £200
12x16 - £300
7x9 - £80
8x12 - £120
12x16 - £200
Larger sizes are available, please contact me for prices
Portrait take anywhere between 15-30 hours to complete, depending on the size chosen
The above prices are for one subject. For multiple subjects per portrait there is an additional cost of £30 per subject for coloured pencil and £20 for graphite.
I am currently in the process of organising for a professional framing service for clients that would like their portrait framed. Please ask if you are interested in prices.