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Sophie Warren & Portland Jones - Profile

RIDER PROFILE

Name: Sophie Warren

Discipline/s: Eventing, Dressage, Showjumping, Training, Coaching & Foundation training (breaking-in)

Year started riding: 1992

Year started competition: 1997
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Saddle/s you ride in:

Prestige DX Event and Prestige Lucky Dressage

Favourite Product:

Tonics Jupiter tall boots - despite a year of daily hard work they are still as comfortable as the day I first wore them and clean up to be smart enough for competition.
Equick dressage boots - being able to get boots off quickly is not only useful in the warm up arena before a test, it also allows us to ensure our horses legs cool down quickly following work.

A bit about your riding career:

Sophie is a professional event rider, horse trainer and coach. An Australian representative, Sophie has had many good horses but two of the most incredible were Let’s Impress, a spunky diminutive black thoroughbred gelding who she produced to Five Star level and Eminence, a quirky, sensitive thoroughbred gelding who shared a bond with Sophie and Portland that made the three of them almost inseparable. Let’s Impress won Wooroloo CCI****-L in 2010, was 7th at Sydney CCI and 10th at Adelaide CCI in the previous year and represented Australia in 2009 with Sophie on board. He was Western Australian Horse of the Year, winner of various leaderboards and countless other wins up to CCI**** level. Eminence was rarely unplaced at CCI*** & CCI**** level and despite his quirks was an incredible talented and scopey athlete. As well as her eventing career Sophie has ridden at FEI level in dressage and two of her rides have won Western Australian dressage horse of the year. Sophie has ridden professionally and trained in Europe.

Most Memorable Moment:

Representing Australia as a young rider in 2009 and having two horses at CCI**** level for the 2016 season have to be two of many highlights!

RIDER PROFILE

Name: Portland Jones

Discipline/s: Dressage, Training, Coaching & Foundation training (breaking-in)

Year started riding: 1980

Year started competition: 1985

Saddle/s you ride in:

Prestige DX Event, Prestige Lucky Dressage and KN Rhapsodie

Favourite Product:

Tonics Jupiter tall boots - comfortable from the moment you first put them on and last despite being worn all day every day!

A bit about your riding career:

Portland Jones is a horse trainer, coach and writer. She competed to advanced level in dressage on the stallion Jasper and has lectured extensively on equine behaviour at university level. Portland has written widely for the equestrian press. She has worked with equine behaviourist Dr Andrew McLean for over 15 years and is passionate about promoting the welfare of the horse through the use of evidence-based training strategies. Her first novel, Seeing the Elephant, which was short-listed for the Hungerford Prize will be published by Margaret River Press in 2016. She is also on the board of the charity Human Elephant Learning Programs (HELP).

Most Memorable Moment:

When you work with horses every day there are so many highlights it is hard to choose one. I always feel a sense of gratitude that these amazing animals allow us to ride them.