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Tanya Buckingham

Tanya Buckingham is a British Event Rider and produces, competes and looks after all her own horses, along with horses for owners. 

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Tanya has grown up with horses, despite coming from a family who knew nothing about horses. Tanya started riding at the age of 3 and spent all her spare time at Carol Thompson's yard where she learnt how to ride anything and everything! Tanya was bought her first pony at the age of 9 and despite her only having one speed (fast) had great fun with her. Tanya started being really competitive with her second pony William. Tanya was on all the Pony Club Teams, hunted and did unaffiliated ODEs. Pony Club was a fantastic grounding for learning all disciplines and all stable management skills and was where she first learnt about British Eventing.

When she was 14, Tanya bought Scally as a 4yr old with the view to doing Pony Club Teams on, however she exceeded all expectations by not only doing all Pony Club Teams, but also representing the North at 3 JRN Championships; Great Britain in the 2004 Junior European Championships and then going Advanced. At the age of 16 Tanya was given the chance to buy Scally’s brother Jack and she jumped at the chance! He was a very difficult horse to produce - he worries a lot and was very accident prone, but with a lot of hard work and time to build up his trust, Tanya managed to get him to 3 star level, before he was sadly retired due to arthritis. 

Tanya’s other advanced horse Bud, was bought to replace Scally when she was injured, and Tanya was selected to represent GB at the Young Rider Europeans in 2006 on him. Sadly in January 2007 Tanya had a skiing accident and snapped the ACL in her knee and was unable to try for the team again that year. After having an op on her knee in July 2007, Tanya was back eventing at a high level. She was once again short listed for the Europeans on Bud in 2009 and 2013 on an owners horse but unfortunately came off a young horse in April and snapped her other ACL so missed another season. Tanya is now back in the saddle and looking forward to a new season. Tanya is currently competing at CCI** with Sparkle and hopes to go Advanced with him this year. Bob is now at Advanced and PSG Dressage and Tanya also has a couple of horses she is riding for Eva Trotter.

Along side Eventing, Tanya is an active member of British Dressage and BSJA, competing up to Advanced and Foxhunter level. Tanya was a member of the Zetland Pony Club and she passed her A Test. Tanya does a lot of teaching at the Pony Club and tries to help the local riding clubs, Darlington & District and Barnard Castle, too along side teaching her own clients. 

Achievements

  • Represented North JRN Team 3 times
  • Represented GB at both Young Rider and Junior      Europeans
  • 4th at CCI** Puncestown (Jack)
  • 5th at Floors Castle CIC** (Bud)
  • 5th at Burnham Market CIC** (Bud)
  • 1st at Aldon PN 3Day Event (Topic)
  • On short list for European CCI** Team 2009
  • On short list for European CCI** Team 2013
  • Selected for Northern Foundation Squad 2009
  • Pony Club A Test 2009
  • BHS Stage 3
  • BHS AI
  • One of the first to be selected for TASS funding (Talented Athletes Support Scheme)
  • Team trainer for Zetland Pony Club 

Horses

  • Bob - Imperial Flight - 16.2hh 14 year old Brown Gelding Advanced / PSG Dressage by Master Imp
  • Sparkle - Burlea Seamerchant - 16hh 9 year old gelding by Atlantic Sparky - competing at CCI** and will hopefully go Advanced this year
  • Sonyk - Sonyk D'Alemps -17.1hh 7 year old hunter, dressage and BSJ - currently for sale
  • Nan - Velvet Moon - 16hh 8 year old mare owned by Eva Trotter - competes at Novice / Elementary Dressage
  • Molly - 16hh 4 year old mare owned by Eva Trotter - will be doing BE this year
  • Bud, Jack, Scally, Bazil and Buck are all retired
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    Better Late than Never

    Finally finally finally!! Having had my first event of the season cancelled due to wet ground I finally managed to get a run at the weekend! We made the trip to Kelsall Hill in Cheshire with Sparkle to have a spin around the open novice. We set off and it was snowing at home which didn't fill me with much hope of a run 

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    Feeling Fit & Ready

    We have had a busy week here in the build up to the start of our eventing season, which kick starts next weekend at Breckenbough! sparkle is definitely feeling fit and ready for his first event!

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    Last Minute Preparations

    It’s almost time for my first event and things have started to get rather busy! The boys are all feeling on fab form and I can't wait to get out eventing!! #fuelledbyfibre

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    Increasing the Workload

    January was a long month of hacking wild horses... I started off with the good intentions of walking for weeks, but very quickly decided that for my own safety I needed to add some trot work! To say the horses were feeling fresh and well would be an understatement!

  • Stanley Jan2016

    All Systems Go

    Happy New Year to you all! I'm very excited to be able to tell you that I have finally had the all clear to ride again after my hand surgery. It’s so exciting that I'm even finding the boring road work fun!

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    Accidents Will Happen

    Just as things were looking up and the horses were all feeling better I manage to damage myself! On a more positive and exciting note we have two new additions to the yard! 

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    Reviewing Diets

    Yesterday I had a yard visit from Dengie Performance Nutritionist, Claire Akers and Area Manager, Jo Harrow. They came to weigh my horses and do a review of their diets.

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    Frustrating Times

    Eventing can be very frustrating at times. Forget Plan B, I'm currently on Plan Z for this year! Sparkle is unfortunately still suffering from his respiratory infection and it looks like he will miss the rest of the season.

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    Qualified BSHII

    The last few weeks have been quite quiet on the horse front, Sparkle went up to Hopetoun to compete in the CCI** but unfortunately he was very flat and quiet during his test and wasn't himself.

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    The Ups and Downs of Eventing!

    I've had my ups and downs with Sparkle recently whist out competing. He wasn't feeling himself at Richmond Horse Trials, but after a session with the physio and a few days rest Sparkle was back on form.

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