Caroline March's Blog
Introducing Caroline March
I am Caroline March a 23-year-old professional event rider. I have been riding since before I could walk. Coming from a horsey family, (my mother evented to 4* and my father used to point to point and is currently MFH to our local pack), it was a fairly regular occurrence that I would get put on a pony to get me out the way.
I have come up through the Pony Club, joining when I was five and ending my Pony Club years in 2012 when I was 19 by winning the Open Eventing Championships on Amarillo, a very talented but seriously quirky horse I produced. This was my first big win and certainly fuelled the fire to keep going and do it as a career.
I met Angus Smales when I was 17 and away at boarding school. I spent any spare time I could find helping out on the yard, then when I was 18, he offered me a place as a working pupil. I spent three and a half years at Angus’ and they were the best years of my life – the amount I learnt is invaluable and has been the making of me as a rider.
When I first met Angus, I purchased five, turning six-year-old, Postmaster (George) who had jumped in five year old classes in Ireland. With the help of Angus, he went from having never evented to finishing ninth in the Junior CCI* at Weston Park at just six years old. He then went on to take me round my first Intermediate and 2*s finishing his seven-year-old classes being placed eight in the National Young Horse Championship at Osberton. At eight he finished third in his and my first Advanced, we were placed in the Intermediate Championship at Gatcombe and got short listed for the young rider Europeans and he then went on to finish just outside the top 20 at Blenheim CICYH3* – the first 3* for us both. The following year he finished second in an Advanced class at Chatsworth, being runner up to Opposition Buzz and beating High Kingdom!
I left Angus’s to set up at home so I could increase the size of my string and over the last few years I have been very fortunate to produce and compete some lovely horses. Skippy, owned by the Westwood family, brought me my first BE win in an Intermediate. Bandmaster won his first Intermediate at just seven and then went onto qualify for the seven-year-old Champs at Osberton, though I sadly lost him due to colic before he could go. Barrichello (Barry) won the CIC1*at Hambledon being the only horse in two 1* sections to finish on his dressage score. This was my first international win. Barry then went onto finish second in two out of three Intermediates as well as jumping double clear at Barbury 2*, and finished in the top 15 at Osberton seven-year-old Champs.
I am very much looking forward to the 2017 season, which is just around the corner. I am very fortunate to have some lovely horses to compete and some great sponsors, Red Mills Horse Feeds, Devoucoux and Haylo-Uk, so fingers crossed for a great year.....