Chloe Pearson Eventing
Leicestershire based young event rider with the aim to reach the very top of the sport
Ace was my next pony, the opposite to Flicker, mum had decided that it was time for me to start enjoying competing! Ace, 15hh Connemara was the pony that brought me into eventing, being the absolutely cross-country machine that he is we would fly round hunter trials and I would always finish a one-day-event with a beaming smile when coming through the finish flags. I have had many wonderful days with Ace, be it out competing for the Pony Club teams, playing chase-me-charlie bareback, galloping along Holkham Beach or flying hedges out hunting. A memorable competition was going to Eland Lodge for the British Connemara Pony Society's National Performance Day where we were crowned the National Champions for 2013.
My first horse was Breeze who I bought as a 4yo having come over from Ireland, I produced him myself and sold him as a 7yo. Since then I have had multiple horses to produce and sell alongside starting a business with my partner James Hill to have horses in on livery for breaking/ schooling and sales. In December 2014 I bought Chacoa and Calvin to event, I had two awesome seasons on Calvin riding up to BE Novice and then sold him late in 2016. Chacoa is my main horse, and I am producing him slowly. My latest addition is Hattie who I bought at the beginning of 2017, and she has progressed very well, having never been cross-country to competing competently at BE Novice.
My name is Chloe Pearson and I have been riding since I can remember. Riding runs in the family and I initially learnt to ride with Debi Varley at Keythorpe Stables (now relocated to Chestnut Farm Stables at East Norton). Generally, Debi is well known for her lack of sympathy for crying children so it is safe to say I quickly learnt to ride naughty ponies and jump straight back on if I fell off, which has certainly set me up for my riding career!
My first pony was a devilish 14.2hh Welsh X mare called Flicker; as a young child with a feisty pony we were a recipe for disaster, travelling most of the time at high speed and often ending with me jumping the fences and not Flicker! A particular memory of mine was my mum's brilliant idea to take Flicker and I to the Pony Club Area Showjumping at Peterborough Showground...which ended with Flicker refusing to jump fence two and reversing out of the arena pawing at the ground...It is fair to say that Flicker has ensured that I appreciate the horses that I ride today!
I am currently studying a BSc Equine Sports Science degree at Nottingham Trent University, I commute to the Brackenhurst campus multiple times per week for lectures and practical sessions. I have been fortunate to be awarded an Equestrian Sports Scholarship, part of which provides me with additional training, alongside exercise sessions off the horse, with tailored gym work and equine specific pilates. As part of the scholarship programme I compete for the Nottingham Trent University Equestrian A Team in the BUCS Championship League, this team competition is great fun, where we have 7 minutes to warm up a horse that we have never sat on before and then complete a dressage test followed by a showjumping course on another unknown horse. Last year I was selected to be part of the NTU Rider Academy and was chosen as the Elite Jump Rider for that year, this provided weekly training on our own horses with industry acknowledged trainers. This degree is proving enlightening for me, learning in depth about the requirements of elite performance horses, research techniques into biomechanics and rider physiology and constantly discovering up to date studies on horses to improve their performance.