Lena Proctor

I have been riding all my life, finding rides and ponies wherever I could. I was bought my first pony when I was 7, the wonderful little 12hh “Fendyke Jessica”. She gave me so much confidence and fuelled my ambition.

My first pony I became competitive with was “Highlawn Harri Parri” a 13.2 welsh. Together we won lots of unaffiliated show jumping, coming 2nd in the Equine Sports UK Finals 2016 at 70cm. We also competed successfully at unaffiliated eventing and hunter trials and within Pony Club- I’m a member of the Belvoir Hunt Branch.

I was just beginning to need a pony with more talent and by chance met Elaine Hack who wanted a rider for her amazing pony “Sonnenstrahl” aka “Charlie”. Together we achieved so much, including successfully competing at BE100 Ou18; qualifying, and going, for 2 years running to the Pony Club Championships at Cholmondeley; Winning Regional Dengie Show Jumping; Qualifying and competing at the British Eventing JAS Finals in 90 and 100 classes at Hartpury; competing at the Finals of the White Company Sports Pony at Burghley Horse Trials; and Representing my school show jumping, our team winning the 2017 Plate Championship, as well as qualifying 2 years running for Windsor Horse Show, the second year coming 2nd, I was under huge pressure, as I was the last to go of the day, and was thrilled to jump a double clear!

Sadly, last year I became too tall for Charlie and needed to move onto horses. Charlie went home, and I was bought my first horse, a 6-year-old 16.1 Irish gelding “Ted of Diamonds”. Ted has the kindest nature and is very brave cross-country. He hasn’t too much experience dressage and show jumping, so we have been working on that over the winter. We will be out competing BE100 Ou18 during the season.

I have also recently been given the ride for the season on the super talented “CVS Barrie Bug” owned by Sharon Ball. I will run Barrie alongside Ted and aim to get him to Novice quite quickly. This will allow Ted to stay at 100’s to get the confidence he needs.

I would absolutely love to be chosen for the BE Under 18 Regional Team Championships this year, so that is my immediate aim. Then, also to qualify for Pony Club Championships in August. Next year my aim is to be ready for Belton BE Novice.