India has been riding her whole life, following in the footsteps of her mother, Louise, who runs the family business, Wodehouse Stud – and she has been lucky to have the fantastic support from both of her parents throughout my riding career so far.
She didn’t have the easiest of ponies, but feels it helped in making her riding very adaptable – as well as gaining 'stickability', too! The turning point really for India was when she got her first horse when she was 13 – Westwinds Ego was also very quirky and not the most conventional, but he was an amazing horse for her. He took India to the European Championships in 2015, where they won team silver, which was a dream come true. This exposure to shows abroad at such a young age was a real eye-opener for India, and made her even more determined that this was what she wanted to do.
Having graduated from the Children on Horses classes, India began to look for a couple of younger horses to produce for the future. She went to The Billy Stud when she was 15, which is where she found five-year-old Billy Colman. It was love at first sight, and India was lucky enough to bring him home with her. Colman is now India's top horse, taking her to the Youth Nations Cup Show at Sentower Park as an eight-yaer-old.
Having recently finished her A-Levels, India has now moved down to work at The Billy Stud under the mentorship of William and Pippa Funnell, as well as Roger Mccrea. Having only ever been based at home, this was the next step she felt she needed to take her career further and have a look how things are done by other people at different yards, as well as benefitting from the invaluable training opportunities.
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