“Three reasons why I love Balanced Horse Feeds: The horses perform at their best on it; It is a great simple feeding solution;The team behind the scenes are so knowledgeable and helpful.”
My name is Charlotte Lee and I am an international show jumper based in Dorset. My involvement with horses began on the morning of my 3rd birthday when I awoke to see a small black Dartmoor pony on the door step. That there was the pinnacle point that I fell in love with horses and never looked back. I started off my riding days out on the hunting field. At the age of 13 I registered my first horse with British Eventing and I began training with Prix St George level dressage rider Tony Lomas to improve my flatwork and learn about the art of producing horses; through his assistance I had a number of top ten places on two horses produced from scratch by myself.
The showjumping bug finally bit me when I was 14 and I started to compete at British Showjumping throughout the winter months to practice with the eventers. I found my niche in the sport and had a number of successes with different horses. During the school holidays I started regularly training with BS accredited coach and young rider chef d’equipe Tony Newbery which helped develop my knowledge and skill in the world of showjumping. Eventing was soon to be a thing of the past and as. I started competing regularly at British Showjumping began training with ex-international showjumper Andy Austin. I built up a great relationship with Andy, spending a summer working at his yard which has enabled me to become a more stylish and effective rider after spending numerous hours riding under his watchful eye.
Upon leaving school with a number of GCSEs and A levels under my belt I attended Hartpury College to study an Equine Science Degree. Whilst at Hartpury I was selected as part of the Equine Academy and had regular weekly training with Nick Burton a former international three day eventer and now an FEI International Judge, Corrine Bracken who has had many key roles within British Showjumping and BEF and Carl Hester GB Olympic Dressage Rider. My standard of riding has been noted by many top riders and my attention to detail and drive to succeed has been reflected in my performance.
I left university with a BSc Hons degree and now work full time as a Police Officer.
During recent years I have started to have success at more high profile shows, with a win at Devon Country show and a number of top ten placings at UK International shows this year at 2 star level. My goal at the start of this year was to attend an international show abroad and through my consistent performance this year I was highlighted as one of the talented six riders selected to join the British Showjumping International Experience Programme competing at Bonheiden in September.
I currently have 3 horses as part of my team; Zarina is top horse competing at 1.40m level with the aim for next year being the county circuit, more 1.40m’s and grand Prix’s. Hillviewfarm Fergus is a six year old gelding I have broken and produced from three years old and is currently competing at 1.20m and in the young horse classes. And finally the new addition to my team is Graddus T a very talented five year old gelding who has only been backed for a few weeks but bought with the intention of producing him up through the levels. The goal for this year is to attend the UK Premier Shows, the county circuit, Royal Windsor, Hickstead and Bolesworth to name but a few.
Balanced Show Mix for my top jumpers who need the condition and energy to keep performing day after day. Show Mix also gives them that super shine so they stand out in the ring against our competitors! The results speak for themselves and the horses are jumping better than ever with numerous wins and top ten placings.
Electro-salts Replacer in order to restore the fluids lost through sweating after hard work and encourage the horses to keep drinking when they’re on the road. Throughout the summer in particular all of the horses get hot when working hard so this fantastic product has allowed me to make sure they keep hydrated.
Show Gloss to keep the horse’s skin and coats in good condition. My 6 year old in particular has very dry flaky skin so feeding him plenty of oil enables be to keep his skin soft and prevent him getting itchy and scratching his mane out.