By this time I was 6 years old, and getting a little bored of just going round a show ring. My mum suggested that I go for lessons with the Under 21s Regional Trainer, Julie Blanchard, who introduced me to dressage and was to be one of my trainers for the next 10 years. Unfortunately my show ponies had to go as they weren't suited to dressage and I acquired Spartican, a 10 year old Welsh mountain pony, and was kindly loaned Tyrelloak Muscatel (Josh) by the Scruton Family. We had a fantastic season, culminating in winning Preliminary and Novice Titles at Manor Grange and Port Royal.
The following year, I decided I wanted to concentrate on dressage, so the decision was made to purchase a dressage schoolmaster and Hinchcliffe Magnum became my new partner. We then joined BYRDS Northern, had a busy time training and went to some fabulous camps at the Unicorn Centre in The Cotswolds at the Under 21 Dressage Training Group.
From the BYRDS camps I also began to train with Laura Fry, who took my dressage to another level. I was really thrilled to win my first affiliated class when I was seven years old, coincidentally on my Mum's Birthday! We also went to our first Sheepgate U25s Championships, and were so excited to win a Novice Freestyle with over 70%. However, my greatest achievement that year was to win the prestigious Under 21s Search for Star title, aged eight.