WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
The Early Years
Felicity has always had a life around horses, having sat on her first pony at just 9 days old, and a mother who’s ridden to 5*. Felicity started off down the usual route of Pony Club, however, winning her first ODE aged 8 was the real start of the eventing bug. Felicity first appeared on the BE circuit in March 2011 aged 13, and gained a reputation as a determined rider, getting the best out of tricky or green ponies. She began to compete in FEI Pony Trials in 2012 with two inexperienced mares, and continued to produce a number of other ponies to this level. 2012 also saw Felicity start her first horse, 5YO Rainstown Frost’s career. They gained placings & double clears in the 5YO classes & BE100.
ALREADY BREAKING RECORDS
From Ponies To Horses
In 2013, Felicity continued to establish her FEI ponies, whilst jumping numerous DCs at Novice level with Rainstown Frost. They were selected for the South East J2* Squad at Weston Park, but opted to take him to the British Eventing Young Horse Championships YH2*. Felicity was the youngest competitor ever to complete the 6YO Championships. In 2014, Felicity accumulated her pony career with GB Reserve for the Europeans. She also campaigned 2 horses at Intermediate/CCI2*L level with success. At the end of her 16th year Felicity made her debut at International 3* level, completing both the 3* at South of England with Standlynch Accolade and the 7yo Young Horse Championships at Osberton YH 3* with self produced Rainstown Frost. Both horses were also first timers.
*edited to match the 'star' changes at FEI
A STRONG START AT JUNIORS
Full Steam Ahead With Horses
2015 was Felicity's first competitive year in Juniors, in which she was Long Listed on 8YO Rainstown Frost for the European Championships to be held in Bialy Bor, Poland. They went on to jump clear at Hartpury's CCI3* around a huge track. She also took over the ride (from mother Vicky) on Just Amazing, taking her from Novice to 2nd place at Osberton International CCI2* in a huge class of 115. They also went Double Clear at 3* level before the season was out. Felicity also qualified for & competed successfully at the British Eventing Young Horse Championships, in both the 5YO and 6YO classes & was selected for the BEF Excel Talent programme 2015-17.
A GB Team Medal
In 2016 Rainstown Frost & Felicity jumped DoubleClear to come 6th in their first Advanced, the AU25 at Belton. They also ran well at Houghton CCIYR3*. Just Amazing jumped clear at her first Advanced at Aston AU25, whilst 7YO RSH Contend’Or stepped up to Intermediate level with huge success & finished 8th/100 at Hartpury CCI2*. This resulted in Felicity having 3 horses on the shortlist and entered for the Junior European Championships in Italy – the only rider in Europe to do so that year. RSH Contend’Or was the final choice & finished on his dressage score to win Felicity her first European medal for her country – a team Bronze, whilst being best placed British team member in 9th. She finished 5th in the Goldman Cup u21 League and best u18.
THE YEAR OF DREAMS
2017 was a dream. Intermediate/YR trial wins lead on to her first International victory, by winning the CCIYR3* Young Rider Championships at Houghton, and being crowned U21 National Champion. She was selected for the European Championships in Millstreet, for the GB Young Rider team, where she and RSH Contend'Or helped secure the team Bronze medal and 13th Individually. Felicity also jumped clear at her first 4* at Barbury on Just Amazing, whilst RSH Contend'Or jumped Double Clear for 14th in his first 4* at Blenheim CCI4*S 8/9YO. Felicity had ridden in the 5YO, 6YO, 7YO & 8/9YO championships all before seeing out her teenage years, highlighting her love and talent of producing youngsters. Just Amazing put the icing on the cake by winning Aldon International 3*. Felicity also won the following in 2017; Tri-Star 3* League, South East Eventers League, Plum Rowland Award and finished 4th in the Goldman Cup League. She also ranked 140th in the World FEI Eventing Athlete rankings, and 60th in British Eventing, with RSH Contend'Or 67th in the horse rankings.
5* QUALIFICATION- TICK!
Heading To The Top
In 2018, a return to Houghton with new ride Glasker Sweet Clover saw a F.O.D and 3rd place in the Young Rider National Championships after an Intermediate win, whilst RSH Contend'Or jumped another 4* Double Clear, winning best U21. The move up to CCI4*L level at Camphire in Ireland was a success, Just Amazing and RSH Contend'Or both finished top 20 including 9th on Just Amazing. Blenheim CCI4*L saw 9yo RSH Contend Or jumping Double Clear finishing 26th/101 gaining his Badminton qualification, whilst Just Amazing gave Felicity another fantastic ride. At the age of 20, Felicity had qualified both horses for CCI5*. Another convincing 4* Double Clear and top 30% finish was had with Glasker Sweet Clover out in Belgium, at Waregem 4*S in his first 4*, whilst younger horses stepped up to intermediate confidently. Felicity also finished 4th again in the Goldman Cup League and 56th in the BE rider rankings.
GOING FOR GOLD & MAJOR MILESTONES
More Team GB appearances and a Gold Medal
Felicity was selected for the World Class Programme 19-21, and the Young Rider GB team 2019 - her 6th consecutive year on a GB list. This brought a 15th place individually as British pathfinder, and a counting score for the team gold medal! A 3rd place in the CCI4*L on Just Amazing at Camphire was another big result, as was being selected for a senior GB Nations Cup team, jumping double clear. Felicity’s U21 career rounded off with 3rd in the Goldman Cup League, a ‘one two’ in the SEEL horse & rider rankings, and 31st in the BE rider rankings with 2 horses in the top 100.
COVID CANT STOP US
A 5* top 10 and Advanced victory
Since making the jump to seniors and battling the difficulties of Covid, Felicity held her own by picking up multiple top 10 CCI4* placings plus an Advanced win at Little Downham by over 10 penalties with RSH Contend'Or. The icing on the cake for 2021 after a long 2 years of covid was a TOP 10 CCI5* finish and double clear at the inarguably testing Burghley replacement at Bicton. Felicity’s ‘maturely ridden’ cross country round was picked out & praised by Captain Mark Phillips, and her showjumping round was deemed ‘the round of the day’ by H&C commentators. All roads now lead to a long awaited Badminton!
A BRILLIANT BADMINTON
A dream debut & young stars
A long awaited Badminton debut thanks to covid was worth the wait in 2022, with a sublime double clear on a great dressage, one of only 4 clear inside the time SJ rounds to finish 21st and in the top 25%! Shadow Minnie Moon stepped up to 4* in fine style at Blenheim 8/9yo Championships whilst new ride Go Fly made his advanced debut with a top 10 at Gatcombe Intermediate Championships. Young horses Candy Gold & HG Woods showed class in their first Internationals too, whilst RSH Contend'Or gets better and better by finishing 4th place at the prestigious & competitive Blenheim CCI4*L to add to his list of accolades. Onwards & upwards for 2023 with this smart string and hopefully another Badminton on the cards...