A Short CV by Rowena Moyse
Getting longer as I get older!!!!
Left school at 16 and went to Rockhampton School of Equitation for 1 year (you don`t have to be too clever to work out my age but don`t tell everyone).
Passed my B.H.S.A.I. (British Horse Society Assistant Instructor) nobody thought I would. I wasn`t very good at school. my brother and sister went to University & my Dad was a Lecturer!!
Helped out with scurry driving ponies for two seasons learnt a little about driving
Took and passed Pony Club H test.
Bought/borrowed some ponies and started scurry driving and competed at Wembley (won best newcomer of the year award).
Helped out a competitor with pair of ponies in 3 day Events, learnt about eventing, my ridden work helped me to be able teach dressage to drivers.
Started my own business breaking and training horses & ponies to ride and drive.
Mostly Riding work ,Hunters, point to pointers , show ponies (I’m small so I can ride the little ones), Side saddle showing.
Also I trained many wild welsh ponies and cobs, which is how I learnt horses natural behavior, and their real likes and fears. I loved the callenge of the out of control big Welsh Cob Stallions, and found Stallions quick to learn and great to work with. It amused me that I could tame these big animals when I am less than 5 ft and their owners would be big strong men. I learnt to use brains not brawn!!!
During the 80`s
Driving had become part of my life and I did a little competing. Had a great pair of ponies called Fizzle & Fury. We were great cross country but hadn’t remembered to get the dressage right for these events, like many I got into it for the speed cross country.
I trained a few Pairs of ponies and often experimented with various multiples, competing locally with a tandem of ponies but it wasn’t until the late 90`s that I kept a pair long enough to do well with. That’s the pair called Menai Chocolate and Menai Crunchie
Also during this time I built up my yard, bit by bit, stables came first and after ten years of living in caravans I was able to rebuild the ruin of a house that was on the premises , I realy enjoyed helping with as much of the work as I could myself. ( Even digging new footings for the frount of the house myself ,by hand !)
I took all my driving Exams Including the L.H.H.I. being the 10th person to get it.
Passed British Horse Society Intermediate Stable Managers Exam.
Towards the end of the 90`s I competed at the Royal Windsor horse show this is an international event by invitation only (for the top drivers in each class) and this is where I started competing internationally in a carriage that I had designed and built and harness I had made and ponies I had trained myself…not many can claim that!
Competed in the World Pony Driving Championships
Was invited out to America to teach carriage driving to the Susquehanna driving club, that was a great experience seeing carriage driving in daily use with the Amish people and helping show drivers improve for competition
Formed the Junior Welsh Team and after a lot of hard work and organization took them to the British junior outdoor Championships and got 2 firsts a 3rd and a 5th Well Done Fleur Snow, Tamara Hughes, Ashleigh Jones, and Sophie King.
I am also a B.D.S. examiner so I know what is required for passing the exams. I keep up to date with my own training by attending courses in either riding, driving, or teaching as often as possible. I am now also on the Training Committee of the BDS.
took and passed the new UKCC exam in coaching for riding. I am also on the welsh committee of the BEF (British Equestrian Federation), providing a voice for carriage driving in Wales at government level.
I am the best qualified person in Wales to teach /coach you in any driving discipline as I have also just taken and passed the British Horse Driving Trails Association exam UKCC level 2 driving, this is a new exam system for coaching qualifications and I am the only one in Wales to hold the teaching/coaching exams for the BDS and the BHDTA.
Due to popular demand and also a very keen assistant in Angharad Morris I bought two wedding carriages that can been seen on my weddings page and several new horses and we have started doing weddings. We also had a fun day in Swansea City Centre as promotion for the City Management team
I was also asked this year to be the carriage driving Representative for the Riding for the Disabled Organization, and so I have visited the two clubs in South Wales and was very impressed with the work they are doing. If any one wants to know more please get in touch
Finished and passed the UKCC level 3 coaching qualification as held by the BEF and the BHDTA, after two summers of fighting with the paper work to do it, I can now get back to the real job of coaching and training drivers and horses
This year saw the pony team belonging to Averina Snow, and driven by Rowena, go abroad for the first time in March.
We took them out to Liseux in France , it was great fun and a great experience for us and the ponies, after that we continued with international competitions going to Royal Windsor, Sandringham and Hopetown. I have been changing ponies arround in the team and by the end of the year at the national championships the had really improved a came 3rd just behind the established top team drivers in this country
I enjoy teaching, helping new comers get started and getting the competitors to get better results. Always having fun how ever serious it is!
I’ve got some great helpers and pupils who all make it very worth while.