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Alanna Richards

This experienced show rider has been notching up success since the junior classes. Now with a string of Royal Champions and Reserve Championships behind her, she’s looking forward to helping you achieve your show ring goals.

I started riding at four with the help of my mum. We would attend a local riding school where I took lessons and tried to learn as much as possible.  Mum loved horses too, so it made it easier for me to learn to ride and be involved with horses.

When I was a child I did lots of everything and regularly attended Pony Club, although I loved show jumping most of all. At around the age of seven, I became friends with showy people and ended up with Kobe, my first show pony, who I rode and competed with until I was eight. Next I had a string of quality show horses with whom I competed at Royals and Grand Nationals until I was fourteen.  Then I rode casually for a few years before becoming serious about my sport again when I was nineteen.

In 2016 I purchased my best horse, France, and in 2018 I moved to South Australia to train with Chris and Vicki Lawrie, both of whom have a wealth of show ring experience. I have been fortunate enough to win some big titles with France, including Royal Championships, Reserve Championships, Reserve at Grand Nationals, and two Reserves at EA Nationals, along with many other Royal show wins and placings, National and Royal Show Child’s Champions, and HOTY titles. In the last few years I’ve been taking dressage a little more seriously.

Q: What was your dream or what were your goals when you first set your sights on the equestrian industry?

As a little kid I wanted to go to the Olympics, but now my goals are to make a living out of horses, and be a professional, to be better than last time and constantly improve. For me it’s about being a good horsewoman, not just the riding and success.

Q: We believe in the great value of mentors, did you or do you have a mentor that has made a significant impact in your life or career?

Firstly my father, who taught me the value of hard work and building good relationships. Then of course there’s Chris and Vicky Lawrie. They’ve had a massive impact on me both as a rider and a horsewoman.

Q: What is the best advice you were ever given?

Breathe and smile, and forward is your friend.

Q: What roadblock or roadblocks have you overcome to be where you are today professionally?

Injuries to my horses and issues with my own health. I feel like I have been given another chance, so I try to make the most of what I’ve been given, and what I’ve worked hard to achieve.