Hannah Atkinson

1. What is your name?

Hannah Atkinson

2. How old are you?


3. What is your nearest store?


4. Where are you based?

Our farm is just outside Stokesley in a village called Carlton-in-Cleveland

5. What is your discipline?


6. Describe yourself and your team

Me and my mum Linda run the yard together, mum takes care of most of the feeding and mucking out whilst I concentrate on riding and turning out through the day, as well as my own share of mucking out to do! My 84 year old horse mad grandma also comes out every morning and does some mucking out, we can’t stop her! She has had a life long passion for horses and loves coming to some of the shows with us too.

7. Who trains you?

I have regular lessons with BD trainer Kirstie Parrish

8. What is your greatest Equestrian achievement so far?

Our home-bred and home produced Welsh C Danwood Llewellyn winning his final at HOYs & going overall Reserve M&M ridden champion. This was a dream come true for our whole family and something we will never forget. Also been lucky enough to win several of the finals at the National Summer champs at Malvern over the years with some special ponies.

9. What are your goals for this year?

To keep enjoying what we do and hopefully get some of the team through to their HOYS finals again this year. I would love to get my welsh B stallion Arco to HOYS, this will be his first year contesting qualifiers after stepping up from novice classes last season.

10. What are your long term Equestrian career goals?

To keep being lucky enough to do what I do, and enjoying it! I also take ponies in for breaking and schooling and have been very fortunate to have been sent some really lovely ponies.

11. What competitions/events will you be attending this year?

Many of the county shows throughout the UK this summer, Great Yorkshire, Royal Welsh and Royal Highland are my favourites and we try and do those every year!

12. What is the highest level you have competed to?

HOYS/ county level

13. What is your favourite competition and why?

For any welsh pony breeder or enthusiast the Royal Welsh Show really is the best show to go to, whether just watching or competing, the atmosphere is amazing. HOYS is always one of my favourites too, and no matter how many times you’ve ridden there it’s still so exciting to be in with the best of the best.

14. How did you get into horses?

My mum Linda showjumped when she was younger before she had a family, and my grandma bred part bred cleveland bays, so it is definitely in my blood. I got my first pony at 3 years old, a cheeky welsh A called Harley.

15. How many horses do you currently have/ride?

On the farm we have around 20. These range from youngsters that we have either bred or bought in to run on, to some of our oldies who we used to compete and are now enjoying their retirement! The rest are either our own that we compete including our Stud stallions, and a few liveries in for breaking & schooling.

16. What's the favourite horse you’ve had or have?

Rivervalley Lou Lou who is the dam of our HOYS winner Danwood Llewellyn is very special to me, she is the queen of the farm! She was herself a 5 x HOYS finalist with me and never once let me down in the ring, she has a heart of gold and is now breeding us some really nice ponies.

17. Who do you admire in the Equestrian world?

I think Carl Hester is amazing

18. What's your favourite Equestrian brand and why?

Millbry hill of course!! And I also love Le Mieux.

19. Name one product you can’t live without and why?

Wetwipes! They are live savers and I dread to think how many packets we go through a year!

20. What would you say your life motto is?

‘Team work makes the dream work’ we are very much a family effort here and we all pull in together to help out.

21. Have you competed abroad and where?

Not yet, although would love the opportunity to!