Millbry Hill, the country store, provides support to an elite group of horsemen and women. This section of the website is where the talented riders share their successes, their disappointments, and their everyday experiences from stable to eventing. They give us their opinions on latest products and provide tips to others who share their love of all things Equestrian.
This week we’re thrilled to introduce the latest of Millbry Hill’s supported riders – Melissa Chapman.
Melissa is a professional dressage rider who has her heart set on competing internationally.
She works tirelessly to provide the very best facilities and care for her horses and, as a trainer, she’s helping others achieve their full potential.
Melissa, her horses and her support team are based at her competition yard – Team Chapman Equestrian, situated just outside Catterick Village, North Yorkshire. With the support of her parents Melissa has forged an incredibly successful career and business to date.
She told Millbry Hill: “I started riding when I was two years old and I quite simply fell in love with horses. They have enriched my life ever since and I have never looked back. I was a pupil at Queen Mary’s School, Baldersby Park, where I earned the prestigious role of ‘Riding Captain’ and my first real taste of responsibility. Upon completion of my A-levels, I went to work for an event rider. It was a valuable experience and gave me the confidence to move my own career to the next level – at 19 I become a freelance rider and trainer.”
Initially, Melissa continued to work in the field of eventing, where she competed up to advanced level.
But she soon realised that it was the dressage phase that really interested her.
For a short while she combined the two disciplines but, at the age of 24, she decided to focus on pure dressage.
During this time, she’s won a national title and seven regional titles.
She’s also won premier league classes up to Inter 1 level and is currently competing at Inter 2 and Grand Prix.
Melissa added: “The early part of 2016 has been geared towards the development of our younger horses and I have enjoyed being ‘out and about’ with them.
“It’s a very rewarding part of my work and I love watching and feeling them grow in confidence as they become stronger athletes in their own right.
“More recently, I have made the decision to explore the possibility of a return to Eventing and I have acquired a young four-year-old event horse called Rockstar.
“I am rather excited about this new member of the team – as are my mum and dad) - and I’m looking forward to producing him through the levels.
“He has dipped his hooves into all three of the disciplines over recent weeks and I am sure that he is definitely one for the future.
“I am proud of the varied roles I hold within my chosen equestrian discipline of dressage – yard owner, young horse producer, trainer, mentor, livery provider and competitor – and I recognise that each of these elements come with great professional responsibility and expectation.
“I am really looking forward to the rest of the year and working closely with the team at Millbry Hill.”
We’re thrilled to have you with us Melissa and we can’t wait to hear more about you and your horses.
Picture shows Melissa with four-year-old Fergie (TCE Honneur)