Emily’s News 2016


None of this would be possible without a huge support team around me. Thanks to all of you. My sponsors, NAF, Neue Schule, Sabre Leather, Gatehouse Hats and Gain Horse Feeds. My loyal owners Jill Barker, Sal Grant, Sue Green. My home team, especially these two who put up with me on a daily basis – Jess Jones and Trudi Crouch. 

I would also like to thank all the people I have the privilege of coaching, I hope I have inspired you half as much as you inspire me!

I am looking forward to a winter of coaching and training my horses to bigger and better things… and can’t wait for the 2017 season.


Finishing the season at the best event in the calendar .. BOEKELO

Rinwood Cooley concluded his season with his first CCI***. The week started on a high by winning the Grooms Prize!

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‘One costly mistake in the dressage left us in the middle of the pack, but I was pleased with the way he coped with the atmosphere in the arena and the big screen in the corner! The xc was fairly twisty, and a combination early on caused problems for one third of the field. Annoyingly we picked up 20 penalties too. However he went on to jump through all the straight routes and finished with a smile on his face. On Sunday he jumped one of the few clears in the time, so we ended the week on a high and I can’t wait for the 2017 to start!!’

Watch the video of Rinwood Cooley show jumping at Boekelo on the videos page


Another event coaching and riding, this time at South of England

Bright Spark concluded her season on a high, contesting in her first International CIC*. Posting a solid test of 47.1, she followed it up with a classy double clear with just a handful of time faults putting her in 11th.

‘I am thrilled with how Bright Spark has performed this season, she is special to all of us because she is homebred. I am so excited for her future’

uppercourtcooleysoe16Uppercourt Cooley (pictured left) also concluded his season with his first CIC**. He produced his usual flashy test, scoring 44 and jumped beautifully.

‘I was particularly pleased with our xc round. It is always a tough track here, and Uppercourt Cooley had been suffering a crisis of confidence with jumps in water. Having worked through this problem in training, and gained his trust again, he rewarded me with jumping fantastically through the tricky water complex.’

Rinwood Cooley enjoyed an easy  prep run for Boekelo around the OI, picking up a 3rd place in the process.

Once again the Mayfield girls were out in force in the U18 classes, this time coming home with a win the U18BE100 as well as a 3rd!

Bright Spark enjoys another placing this time at Gatcombe

Bright Spark proved her consistency yet again with another double clear, this time in the Novice at Gatcombe and picked up 6th place.

Rinwood Cooley breaks the 40 barrier in the dressage at Blenheim

Rinwood Cooley posted a personal best, with a 39.5 in the 8/9yr old CIC*** at Blenheim.. Leaving him in the top 10 after dressage. He then jumped a flawless show jumping round to move up in to the top 5 before xc. He jumped fantastically around what is always an imposing course, but the undulations and topography made it hard for him to make the time. So with a few times faults incurred meant a 13th place and what was a very creditable performance. (You can watch videos of all 3 phases on the videos page).

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A week to remember at one of Emily’s favourite events in the calendar, Haras du Pin

Rinwood Cooley was a consummate professional at Haras du Pin, and did the whole team proud, finishing 6th in the CIC***

He put in his usual consistent test, and jumped his socks off in the show jumping around a big track. He then stormed around a huge xc, making it feel easy!

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Bright Spark places again

Due to lack of runs Bright Spark enjoyed stepping down half a level to do the BE105 at Wellington. This was rewarded with another rosette this time for 3rd place

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Bright Spark shows consistency at Smiths Lawn

Bright Spark picked up another Novice placing with a solid double clear at Smiths Lawn.

A few ghosts were laid to rest at Gatcombe..

‘I have a battle scars left from Gatcombe over the years, so I was thrilled to put that behind me!’

uppercourtcooley-august16Uppercourt Cooley (photo left) was fabulous from start to finish in the Novice Championships. Having produced a very competitive test, he jumped a super clear show jumping to go in to the xc in 3rd place. Adding time to his dressage score meant he finished just outside the top 10.

Rinwood Cooley competed in the Advanced section. He also produced a good test and jumped an immaculate show jumping round, which put him in 4th going into xc. He tackled what would have been the biggest xc course he has seen with a great attitude. A very annoying slow rider reaction ended in 20 penalties, but some valuable mileage gained.


A busy weekend at Eridge with my coaching hat on as well as my riding hat!

Uppercourt Cooley and Rinwood Cooley both enjoyed being back out eventing, it had been a while. Uppercourt Cooley finished 5th in the Intermediate, while Rinwood Cooley had a steady spin around the OI to pick up 6th.

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Photos by Fiona Rafferty

Meanwhile my Mayfield girls who I teach took the U18 classes by storm. Finishing 1st, 3rd and 4th in the U18BE100 and also taking 3rd in the U18Novice section.


A very quiet month due to lots of wet weather and events being cancelled! Only one thing left to do… More show jumping!

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Mission accomplished in the NRF for Uppercourt Cooley

Uppercourt Cooley finished on his good dressage score at Tweseldown in the NRF for 3rd, which was good enough for him to qualify for the Novice Championships at Gatcombe in the autumn! (photo right)

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After a slow start to his season Rinwood Cooley was super in all three phases of the CIC** at Rockingham to finish 7th. (photo left)

A great two days at Aston with three out of four in the prizes.

Bright Spark made the step up to Novice with ease and was rewarded with a fantastic WIN! A Cooley Takeover performed equally as well for a 3rd in his Novice section. Rinwood Cooley picked up a lower placing with a good solid run in the OI, and Uppercourt Cooley flew around his first Intermediate.

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March showers continued into April – showers meaning most events cancelled! So the ponies spend a lot of time showjumping…

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BrightSpark-Chilham275Finally the sun came out at Chilham and the ground was perfect! A Cooley Takeover and Bright Spark were both thrilled to be back out eventing. Both in the BE100plus, this time A Cooley Takeover enjoyed the win (photo right) and Bright Spark was 3rd!

UppercourtCooley-BM275Uppercourt Cooley was on great form finishing 4th in a very competitive Open Novice at Burnham Market (photo left)


BrightSparkMunsteadMarch16-275Bright Spark had a fantastic start to her season winning the BE100plus at Munstead (photo right)

Rinwood Cooley enjoyed a couple of lower placings, in the OI and AI respectively at Poplar Park and Great Witchingham.