Daisy Jackson

UKCC Level 2 Dressage Coach

I have loved horses and particularly dressage for as long as I can remember. I watched my first Grand Prix test at Olympia when I was 7 years old and I told my Mum then and there that I wanted to be a dressage rider and one day ride at Olympia!

The following year I performed my first dressage test on my 12hh pony Dash and after winning the class on 73%, I was well and truly hooked!

I joined BD Youth (BYRDS as it was known as then) and had great fun attending the regular training and competitions on my first horse Spyder. I was then lucky enough to have the ride on Sam who was leased to us by Sarah and Rebecca Eccles. It was on Sam that I started to compete at affiliated dressage and did my first test at Medium level. By this time we had found a dressage trainer in the area as previously, I had only every trained with my mum who is a qualified trainer and used to ride at PSG level herself.  We had been put in touch with Nicola Buchanan who had trained many horses to Grand Prix including Saint Swithens who was later to become my Junior horse.

In February 2009 aged 12, I started to train with Nicola twice every week and in 2010 after retiring Swithens from Grand Prix she gave me the ride on him. Swithens was the most incredible schoolmaster. We were together for such a short time - 2 and a half years - but during that period Swithens taught me all the Grand Prix movements, we competed up to Advanced Medium, including for BYRDS South West Team at the Home International and Under 25’s National Championships. We were placed in all 6 classes that we had qualified for at the U25’s, got to the regional’s at Advanced Medium and Medium Open and finally were selected onto the Junior GB squad. As part of the regular squad training I was lucky enough to have training sessions with Stephen Clarke, Sandy Phillips and Jennie Loriston Clark. In addition I continued to train up to 3 times every week with Nicola until 2015.

Sadly Swithens and I never got to any internationals as part of the squad because he was put to sleep in 2013 due to severe lameness. .

In 2013, I was selected, one of 12 out of 80 applicants onto the course to gain a dressage specific Diploma in Sporting Excellence which is aimed at potential international riders. I was mentored by Nick Burton, World Class Development selector and coach, Olympic selector, Grand Prix rider and judge. I went on to work for Dan Greenwood which was an amazing experience. I had the privilege of schooling all of the horses from the youngsters to Dan’s advanced top horses. I learnt so much and gained valuable knowledge from both Dan and yard manager Jamie who were brilliant to work for. I then was offered a position working for the Countess of Shaftesbury producing her mares for grading before eventually setting up my own training facility.

So far in my career I have been lucky enough to train with some fantastic people including Nicky Barrett who I have been training with since 2015, Gareth Hughes and Anna Ross.

I now have a small string of horses out competing, all of which I have produced myself; including several young horses starting out in their careers. Tango and Blackberry who are competing at PSG and Inter 1 at Premier League level and are working towards Grand Prix at home. My short term goal is to compete internationally at Small Tour.

I run a professional training yard on the Dorset/Hampshire border where I produce my own and my owners horses, supported by my super team. I teach locally in the area and at clinics around the UK.

I consider myself an enthusiastic, friendly trainer with good communication skills, a positive and encouraging attitude with a passion for improving each combination. I enjoy teaching all levels and ages and as well as teaching locally am happy to travel nationwide for clinics. I am a UKCC Level 2 Dressage Coach, British Dressage registered trainer, a British Dressage trainee list 3 judge, have a Diploma in Sporting Excellence (dressage specific), hold a first aid and safeguarding children certificate, am fully insured and train with some of the UK's top trainers. I have trained clients to top 3 at National championship level and am also DB checked and team dressage trainer for West Hants Pony Club.

You can contact me regarding training, schooling, livery, judging, sponsorship or clinics by clicking on the contact page.


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