© 2012 Natalie Allen Dressage  |  Edgehill Stud

My Story So Far

Early Years/ Ponies


I was born in London but I spent my early life growing up in Yorkshire My love for horses started at six when I began riding at a local riding school. I persuaded my parents to buy me my first pony, with which I did all the local dressage events, and Pony Club. I certainly knew at the age of ten that Dressage was for me.


In 2002 I started to have dressage lessons with Ian Woodhead the British Pony Team Trainer. After six months, he gave me the ride on his

six-year-old German pony, DHI Langar. It was a privilege. After winning four Premier League pony titles I was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2003 Pony Europeans in Necarne, Ireland. We came home with a Bronze Team medal.

I was also very lucky to have the ride on Norma Molloy’ s Caesar 171. For one season it was a wonderful experience I was regularly scoring

70 plus he was a super stallion pony!

Juniors and Young riders

 

In 2004 I was selected on to the World Class Start Programme and I made a decision to leave my family home and move to train with Emile Faurie with whom I was based for four years.

I found my junior horse Rapino a Dutch gelding

by Casanova. In January 2005, we won the Addington Junior Premier League. I was then selected to compete at a Junior International in Saumur. I was the highest placed Brit and came 7th individually. Rapino and I were then selected to compete for Great Britain at the 2005 Junior Europeans in Barzago, Italy.



In 2006 I won the Young Rider Premier League title at Addington and many Prix St. George classes. Rapino and I were shortlisted for the European Team that year and did well at Inter

1 level resulting in high rankings at Small Tour.
In 2007 I had the ride on Emile Faurie’s Danish gelding Racit, we competed internationally and gained Grand Prix experience.


In March 2008 I won my first International at Addington with my horse Duke. Duke was fourth in the Individual test and second in the Freestyle. Everything was going so well, we were achieving high percentages until unfortunately not long after the International Duke was sidelined with an injury and although we were reserve for the Young Rider Europeans our hopes of a Team place were dashed. It was a huge set back but when Duke came back sound I had a horse that could teach me the Grand Prix.

Current

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I am currently at Edgehill stud in warwickshire running my own yard.

​training clients producing and competing horses for the future. 2018 has been a great year 7horses qualified for 2019 regionals. 2019 looks to be exciting I am aiming for International Small tour.

My Long term aim is to compete at the olympic's 

I understand this requires lots of hard work  I feel I have

the drive and determination to succeed to reach my goal. I am very lucky to have a great support team including the worlds best trainers Carl Hester and Charlotte Du Jardin.

I am always looking to work with owners breeders and sponsors, in order to achive this please contact me.


Two years training in Germany



At the end of 2008 I decided I wanted to train in Germany. Whilst in Germany

I learnt to ride young horses and I learnt about the big competitions, auctions, the whole industry and how the business works it was fantastic I trained with  (Mr Pielke) a Master Bereiter who was a legend in Germany and is known for his ability to train piaffe passage and I also trained with Jurgen Koschel who has trained numerous students to Olympic level. In Germany I competed

Duke in my first Grand Prix in a big show in Rastede I was 10th and qualified for the Grand Prix Special this was a big achievement. I also competed Domino in an S class in Haften Kamp we were 3rd.



At the end of 2010 it was time to come home, I was sad to leave my life

in Germany, I turned down job offers there, however I was excited for my new venture and I had also missed the British Circuit. 2011 was a busy year lots

of hard work establishing the business and competing. I competed in Premier Leagues, I won a Premier League title with Winston Jani a small Grand Prix with Duke and generally got back onto the circuit in England. I had the great pleasure of welcoming Mr Pielke and Jurgen Hoffmann here for training

and clinics.