Nura is a 7-year-old bay, 15hh mare that belongs to my trainer Toni. She is the daughter of one of Toni’s best show-jumping ponies called Symphony.

She is still a baby so she still needs training before he can let any of his younger students compete on her. That’s where I come in.

I have now been riding her for close to two years. I am truly amazed at how far she has come in such a short period of time. When I first started riding her she could barely jump and could not walk, trot or canter in a straight line.  Now she can jump up to a meter-ten no problem. However, she does still have the bad habit of throwing her head up.

Last season I started competing her at 80 centimetres and she did really well. We managed to come either second or third in every class we competed in together. I like to think that she will greatly improve once she can do tighter turns without having to decrease her speed too much.

In addition, just the other day we took her on her first trip to the cross-country course that we have been building at our new yard. She did fantastic. There, of course, were a few hairy moments but nothing we did not expect and could not handle. She was soon galloping around the course with absolutely no fear whatsoever.

In all honesty, I have never really been a huge fan of ponies, purely just because they can be quite naughty. Horses to me are quite straightforward but some of the ponies that I have ridden in the past have been quite cheeky but Nura is an absolutely pleasure.