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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.

August 15, 2017
Flying Form from Caroline March What an amazing few weeks I have had, the horses have all been on flying form! Firstly, Buckminster with the gorgeous Mabel, she did a stunning test to score 26 and then jumped an immaculate double clear to finish 2nd in the KBIS 5yo section and qualify for Osberton on the same score as the...
July 3, 2017
So I have certainly had a busy few weeks since my last blog – apologies it has been so long and be prepared for a lot of updates! The craziness has not all been equine related though, thanks to our bovines running free around the Essex countryside for over five hours, my gym membership has...
May 11, 2017
I’ve had a slightly quieter few weeks on the competition front since my last blog, having only done two events but luckily both have been successful! I have however still been doing plenty of showjumping. George has won at both Foxhunter and 1.30. He has also gained all his double clears neede
March 8, 2017
I have had a very busy few weeks in preparation for the very imminent eventing season. A lot of affiliated showjumping, resulting in lots of clear rounds and placings! Postmaster is getting very good at this phase – getting very competitive at 1.30 and I am in serious thought as to whether I s
February 14, 2017
How is it February already? With the first events entered and the season starting in just a few weeks, preparations are very much underway; lots of dressaging and showjumping to get the boys (and me) back into the swing of things. 2016 ended very well for me. All horses finished with very good resul