R&R Rider: Ian Pycock – from beginner to BE 100

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Ian Pycock British Eventing Horse Rider

Introducing Ian

Ian Pycock has been a customer and friend of R&R's for many years. He has recently - very kindly - agreed to be our R&R Rider with regular guest blogs following his eventing journey. Find out how Ian's passion for horses and eventing began...

Humble beginnings

It all started with four riding lessons so I could go on a horse riding holiday to South Africa – and being just able to manage a trot! Once we were back home my wife, Sue, got our first horse Little Mo. After a break of over 15 years from competitive riding, she was more than ready to get back in the saddle!

Hobby hopping

I had been competing in Motorcross for 20 years but reduced this – and started increasingly riding Mo. A year later I committed to getting my own horse, Bowdeen, for a bit of happy hacking and occasional riding club stuff. Well, I got the riding bug and luckily he turned out to be a horse in a million, transforming from a four year old green happy hacker to an eventing star – and my best friend along the way, of course.

BE with Bowdeen

Bowdeen took me from the low of falling off four times in one hunter trial (three at the same fence!) to being a consistently placed at BE Novice and completing our first BE Intermediate event. Unfortunately a field injury to a tendon put Bowdeen‘s career on hold, and more recently he has been diagnosed with a serious heart condition which has forced us to retire him from riding.

The next chapter

I’ve since taken to riding my wife’s other horse Walter as she has been out from significant competition following back surgery. Walter is very competitive at BE 100 and has taught me to adapt my riding to different horses – but now I am on the hunt for a competition horse to take me to the next level. It’s already proving to be an intimidating process, but also very exciting. Watch out for updates each month!

Want to read more about Ian's antics? His very first guest blog takes on the world of showjumping in a local competition over Christmas.