Charlotte Price is an English rider who is now based in Queensland at Kelecyn, the home of McNab Dougall Eventing and CPM Equestrian in Tamborine.
‘I started riding from a very early age with my mum and my auntie. Our family has always had horses, but I was not allowed to get one until I was 11. Before that I went for regular lessons at a riding school near our Derbyshire home and rode my cousins’ horses in school holidays and at Pony Club Camps in Cumbria.
Eventually, after continuous nagging, my parents gave in and along came Ebony who was a fat little 12hh grey Thelwell type pony with the attitude to match! She was a freebie as no one could stay on her when she was bucking! She bucked me off nearly every day until I figured out how to stay on her and eventually I grew too big for her to do it anymore! After Ebony I got a 14.1hh grey mare that was a very good jumper but not much into the dressage so I did a lot of local showjumping comps and Pony Club stuff with her.’
I started eventing in 2002. While having a show jumping lesson at the local Hope Valley Riding Club one evening I got offered the ride on my coach, Sarah Healy’s horse because she was pregnant at the time and she thought it might be fun for me to try eventing. The Megan was a 2** eventer when I started off with her and together we did one pre novice, one novice and one intermediate novice event before we represented the Midlands and North East JRN team in 2002 at Weston Park CCI 1*. I was long listed for the Junior European Eventing team in 2003 and I have been on the QLD Eventing Elite Squad in 2012, 2013, 2014,2015, 2016 and the QLD Performance Squad in 2013.
I was lucky enough to be working for Stefanie Thompson in 2003. This was the time that I was long listed for the 2003 Junior European Championships. Stefanie gave me lots of help and lessons and the situation was really good because she was based down in Northampton, a little closer to the squad schools and training camps. In between all of this I had a couple of other horses December Chil and The Lady of Cashel who were both project horses that I did a bit with. Chillie was eventually sold to a junior rider and my mum has ‘Cassie’ back at home.
After working for Stef for a few years, I went freelance riding/grooming and went to WEG in Aachen (2006) with Dag Albert and the Swedish team. During this time I met various people and made many contacts and I also spent some time in Ireland seeing how eventing was done over there. That is when I got the call from Kevin McNab who was looking for a rider for his Australian based business ‘Kelecyn Equestrian Services’ as the rider who was with him, Jock Paget, was going to start up his own yard in Sydney. I wasn’t so keen on the idea of going to the other side of the world for a horse riding job, but everyone said it would be a good opportunity. In the back of my mind I knew that if it didn’t work out I could go travelling for a while and then come back to the UK and try to start up my own yard! Well … this is my ninth year in Australia – so I guess it must have worked out alright.