Founder and owner of Jamarqui Equestrian
I grew up surrounded by all kinds of animals, the normal cats, dogs, rabbits etc but ponies and horses held my imagination, an obession. When I would go missing I was always found in the barn. Emigrating to NZ in 2021 after retiring in the UK, we made Cambridge our home, buying the McVean family equestrian home. Although daunted by the size of the equestrian facilities, we fell in love with it. It seemed the perfect opportunity to create an equine-based business here, to make use of the facilities we have and to fill a gap that is so lacking in the horseworld, that offers owners a safe place to leave their horses/ponies whilst they are on holidays or for whatever reason. This fulfills my passion of horses - I can have a barn full with out the vet bills!
On my down-time I have a passion for making bags and other craft work, but even in my down-time I love being in the barn.
I own 3 KWPN horses, the eldest at 22 is Vincent, a beautiful 16.3 bay, who has achieved amazing heights giving me a year I never imagined I would have. Thumper, a 13 year old 16.3 bay who I sadly had to leave behind in the UK due to his condition, he has IBD, and the baby of 5 years, Navarro who is... you guessed it, a bay, standing at 16.1 I imported from Holland.
As well as Thumper I had to leave behind two Spanish boys, Jonah who is also bay, he is now 25, and Daniel who is grey aged 24. Sadly due to age they could not travel. The Spaniards are with a close friend in the UK who is taking fantastic care of them, and my very close friend Erin is caring for Thumper
I imported my Section A Welsh Mountain Pony, Dante. He Is a little grey hooligan, but one that has been very successful in the show ring in the UK, and at his debut shows here, winning Champion Pure Bred at his first show and at his first dressage comptition winning with 70.9%. What a clever boy! I have had him since he was 7 months old, he is now 13 years
Also in the paddock are 4 miniature horses. Tiny the eldest at 38, Moose who is 5, James who is rising 4 and baby Arlo who is rising 2. They are a cute little herd.
I love dressage, training with Christine Weal, she is amazing, she makes me believe in myself. I am hoping to produce Navarro with her help. Dressage is a commitment, passion and a way of life for me. I am involved with the Para Dressage team that I love being part of - their detemination and grit inspires me.