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Northants Horse Trader is proud to support the following Riders

Jennie Sharpe

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Sophie Coles

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Molly-Ann Osborne

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Emily Jane Curtis

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Jennie Sharpe

Jennie Sharpe is the owner of JK Equestrian based in the beautiful countryside in Northamptonshire.

In 2018 Jennie suffered a life changing injury and was diagnosed with Couda Equina Syndrome. Jennie had major emergency spinal surgery, her L5/S1 collapsed and crushed my nerve Canal, leaving her with permanent damage and a new disability that she had to come to terms with and was told she’d never walk again unaided and definitely wouldn’t ride again.

Jennie has been left with permanent numbness in her right leg and foot, and no bladder and bowel function.

Jennie completely lost her nerve and thought that her equestrian career was over. Luckily with a fantastic support team around her and sheer determination - Jennie got back on board and is now back out competing! Not only that but she also runs equestrian facility and provides, private tuition and arena hire.


"Life is hard, I’m a firm believer in being kind, working hard and supporting everyone, no matter what level they maybe. I have over 100 5* reviews and recommendations and absolutely LOVE coaching. I am currently working towards my UKCC LEVEL 2, and I am first aid trained and have a safeguarding certificate". - Jennie Sharpe

www.jkequestrian.com

Sophie Coles

Sophie Coles and her Super Cob Charlie.

Sophie and Charlie have regularly featured in NHT magazine - including celebrating their successes in the ‘Readers Results’ section. We have also ‘borrowed’ the odd photo (or two!) for our article features! Sophie has a natural ability for capturing the perfect moment - I must also mention that I suspect she has been passed this talent from her mum ‘Hannah Coles’; who is often behind some of the lovely shots featured on Sophie’s social media accounts. Hannah has been Sophie’s biggest support from day one and has captured Sophie and Charlie’s many adventures together.

At the age of 11 Sophie started taking lessons at a local riding school where I fell in love with horses. At 13 I had my first loan pony Indy. She was a 13hh fell pony with a huge personality but unfortunately I quickly outgrew her and that’s when my parents decided to buy me my first horse Charlie. Sophie is an active riding club member competing in all disciplines and I have qualified for several championships at junior level with the British Riding Club and the National Horseware Championships. Sophie now compete at senior level and continues to love every minute of it. 


There have been many highlights over the past few years, but I would say that my favourite would be when I took part in the BRC horse trial qualifier at Ely Eventing Centre where I qualified for the championship at Swalcliffe. We did not have the best dressage test but we completed a double clear, within the time to finish first on our dressage score. The best advice I can give is to not compare your horse to somebody else’s, it is more rewarding to try and improve on your last performance rather than try and compete against some flashy mover in the warm up! Don’t be disheartened by negative comments and go out and give it a go whilst having fun. My goal for the future is to try and improve on our dressage, Charlie is always a little too eager and we both get quite tense going into a test so we need to learn to relax more and enjoy it!

Molly-Ann Osborne

Molly-Ann is a self-employed equestrian coach and instructor living in Northamptonshire.

Molly started riding at the age of six and immediately fell in love with equestrian sport. Alongside competing in showjumping competitions, Molly teaches at local riding schools as well as being available for private lessons and coaching.

I know some people feel mares can be a bit temperamental but I seem to click with them, and currently own two. ‘Presque Noir’ also known as Poppy who is an 18 year old Irish sports horse. I used to compete Poppy BS until she was diagnosed with arthritis and suffered a tendon injury end of summer 2020. She is now enjoying lots of hacking and popping the odd jump every now and then, although she doesn’t act her age at all! I then have 'Happy Valley' who is my current project, a 4 year old Warmblood. I bought her green and have been backing her myself hoping to compete together very soon. There really was no other choice of career that appealed to me and I’m lucky to be able to enjoy every day. I put myself through all the studies needed to start my own equestrian coaching businesses and am now a Level 2 BHS instructor and recently completed my APEC Centre 10 coaching certificate, and later this year expect to complete my UKCC Level 2 British Showjumping certificate. I cover Northampton and surrounding areas where I am able to provide rider training and coaching for individuals looking to improve their horse riding skills through to show jumpers competing up to British Showjumping standards.

Emily Jane-Curtis

Emily Curtis is 25yrs old and has been riding all of her life. Emily's horse is called Minnie and she is a 21yr old Irish sports horse. Emily and Minnie featured in a previous issue of NHT magazine on 'Tackless Riding' which you can read here.

Together Minnie and I take part in a range of disciplines - from hunting and hunter trials to showing and tackless riding, if it involves going fast and jumping we are in our element! My main aim with Minnie this year is to have fun, I think so many people get completely consumed by wanting to win, they forget why we started in the first place, because we love horses! This little mare has given me so much over the last 3 years that I feel I owe it to her to get out and enjoy what we love best without the pressure! So this year we plan to take part in our first team chase, do lots of sponsored rides, go hunting, clinics/schooling with friends and most importantly enjoy one another’s company!