Alicia Wilkinson

A New Year and a New Team of Horses

Well another year is over and a new one has just begun.

2019 was a great year – I have a handful of new horses and as much fun as that is, it does mean I have taken 10 horses through the winter! Pray for me!

Working at Sam Watson’s yard was a fantastic experience and I had a brilliant time out in Ireland. However after 9 months I felt I was ready to set up on my own, so I came home just in time for a few events in the UK. I also came home with the first of my new horses, Ruby. She is a sweet horse with huge potential.

Googie had a great start to the 2019 season in Ireland and then sadly before Tattersalls International she picked up an injury which cut her season short. She is back up and running and has had the all clear from the vet so I am very excited about bringing her back out later on in 2020.

Horse at show


Pooh sadly picked up an injury in field at home and is on a long road to recovery. She is in work at the moment looking like a big fluffy bear.

Diva unfortunately didn’t get in foal this year, but we will be trying again this summer. I’m really excited as we are going to use the stallion that Pooh is by.

Dougie our old 14.2hh pony is living out with Diva and is enjoying the endless piles of hay and Tim is enjoying hacking and playing nanny to the young ones.

Pogo is now 4!!! I have started backing him and he is being an angel. I’ve had my first sit on him and ridden him in the school. Instead of just having one to back I thought it would be more fun to do another at the same time, so very excitingly I bought a 3 year old in November at the Monart sales in Ireland. Inky is very sweet and he is at the same stage as Pogo.

Last but by no means least I have another exciting new horse, Mary. I was chatting to a friend about a horse for sale and she mentioned that her boss had a mare for sale who was quite tricky on the flat but was really talented jumping. She spoke to her boss that I was interested and annoyingly 10 days earlier he had sent her to his friend in Ireland and swapped her for three 3 year olds. I was on a plane the next day as I had a feeling about this horse. She was lovely and seemed too good to be true. She really is an exciting prospect for this season and I can not wait to jump round some big events with her.