Sophie Barker Profile

Sophie Barker Profile

Sophie Barker

I first sat on a horse at the age of 3 and my first pony followed soon after. From being a dedicated all round pony club girl, I followed my mother's footsteps and chose to focus on Dressage. At the age of 18, I took over my mother's yard following her death and decided to make this my main source of employment to support my love for dressage. For this to be realistic I knew I would have to build up the business and have more liveries.

I was able to expand the yard to 16 boxes which allowed me to support my two main rides, Solar Flare and Oops a Daisy. Unfortunately, after showing huge talent, neither was able to carry on with their dressage careers due unforeseen circumstances, (from which I learned an important lesson – in dressage you have to take the rough with the smooth!) but I now have the exciting prospect of bringing on two young horses.

Sophie Barker

More recently, I have become a BHSAI instructor and earlier this year (2011), I received the bronze award in the British Dressage Young Professional Award. I have continued my dressage career through riding for owners, taking in horses for schooling and I have started teaching other riders. I have kept up with my general riding skills by competing in BE with horses i have brought over from Ireland to produce and sell.

I have always taken opportunities to enhance my knowledge and skills through regular training. Latterly, my main trainers have been Kirstie Parrish, locally, and Michel Assouline when he holds clinics in this region. At different times, I have benefitted from training sessions with Gwyneth Lewis, Adam Kemp, Judy Harvey, Gareth Hughes, Lady Joicey, Paul Fielder and Emile Faurie.

Some of my achievements include:

  • Talent spotting final, achieving 2nd place with one of my ponies at 11 / 12 yrs of age
  • National championships, summer at Prelim level on my pony
  • Pony Club dressage championships
  • Pony Club Area horse trails
  • National championships, summer at various level
  • National championships, winter at various level
  • Sheepgate Derby, Junior Winner
  • National championships, winter, Restricted Novice Winner
  • Area festival winner, Open Novice
  • Regional Championships, winter, Elementary level
  • British Dressage Young Professional Award 2010