Jo Lashley is a superb dressage and event rider, achieving outstanding results from novice horses. She is, also, a regular trainer of horses, ponies and pupils with an ability to turn them into competition equines and riders.
Her interest in horses started when she was three years old, when she met and started riding a small Shetland pony named "Half Pint" which was kept on the farm next door to where she lived.
She went on to own her own ponies and horses whilst, also, taking riding lessons from a very early age. Her interest in riding and events never dwindled throughout her school years and Jo eventually studied at Hartpury College, Nr. Gloucester (a college with a very good reputation itself) where she attained a BSC in Equine Science.
Since leaving Hartpury, Jo has been employed as riding instructor at Milfield School (Somerset) rider and trainer at Warren Equestrian (Somerset) and riding instructor for several Pony Clubs in Somerset. Whilst at Warren Equestrian she rode Showtime (Sam) to take him to theYoung Event Horse Finals at Burghley: unfortunately, the horse was sold prior to the event so Jo did not have the pleasure of riding him in the finals.
Jo has built up a very good reputation, within Somerset and beyond, as a trainer as well as a rider. She has competed many horses in both disciplines over the years, taking her own horse up to British Dressage Intermediate 1.
Jo has achieved some great results whislt competing at National Level in British Dressage,since Spikkel turned to pure Dresage in 2007:
Winter Championships 2008 - 5th in the Elementary
Winter Championships 2011 - 6th in the Advanced Medium Freestyle to Music
Winter Championships 2012 - Advanced Medium and in the Advanced Medium Freestyle to Music
Winter Championships 2015 - Petplan Area Festival Prix St George.
At the same time, she has continued her own training: currently being trained by Pammy Hutton. In the past, she has also recieved training from Sarah Cheetham, Danny Anholt and Helen Griffiths.
Jo trains other competitors for similar events and members of Pony and Riding Clubs. She has attained her BHS II examination and is currently working towards her BHS I.
"I really enjoy helping people who are trying to improve their riding skills and compete at a higher level." says Jo: a sentiment we know she holds dear to herself.
Since selling her Event horse in 2012, Jo has only been attending British Dressage competitions.
2012 was a busy year for Jo and, on a personal level, not only did she get married in June but, in September, fell pregnant with twins! In April 2013, Jo had a massive surprise when she went into labour 10 weeks early and gave birth to Isabella and Joseph. Happily, after spending 8 weeks in hospital, they were all allowed home. Obviously, Jo's career had to go on hold whilst she adjusted to her new lifestyle with two very small but healthy babies.
Jo started to ride again towards the end of 2013 but her work didn't really resume until early 2014. She is now back working 4/5 days a week, and the occasional evening, juggling twins and managing her yard. She started competing Spikkel again in July 2014. Sadly, with the loss of 4 yr old, homebred, Leo, she no longer has a horse to re-start her eventing career. So, for the moment, she will be focussing on Spikkel and Bella's Dressage Training.
However, she still enjoys jump training her clients and continues to prepare a number of them for British Eventing competitions.
Jo Lashley Equestrian