Emma Edwards – Head of Equestrian
Emma Edwards is our new Head of Equestrian.
Emma was brought up on a farm in South Wales and began her riding career at a young age, riding in different disciplines as a member of Llangeinor Pony Club. She enjoyed tetrathlon, show jumping and eventing, but particularly showing. The latter saw her represent Wales against the rest of the UK in the Working Hunter Pony (WHP) class. Wales won!
Emma became British Champion in the Winter BSPS (British Show Pony Society) Show in the Ridden Mountain and Moorland class, and continued to compete successfully across a number of showing classes throughout her teens. Taking up carriage driving at the age of 18, Emma qualified for HOYS (Horse of the Year Show) in Private Driving classes, where she was also placed several times riding in the Heavy Weight Cob class. Emma has also ridden successfully at the RIHS (Royal International Horse Show). In fact, Emma has been the only competitor to qualify for HOYS on both a ridden and driven horse in the same show in the same year.
Coaching (team of four horses), has been a dominant sport for Emma and her family as an adult, competing up and down the country, including the Royal Windsor Horse Show and being champion driving turnout at the last Royal of England Show in 2009. As well as finding time to hunt, Emma has introduced her young children (Archie 8 and Hattie 4) to the world of equestrianism – where they are beginning their journey in Lead Rein showing classes. Archie is also the horn blower on Emma’s coach, competing and winning in County Shows.
When not competing, and running one of our girls’ boarding houses (Taylor House), Emma’s skills and experience are in demand. She attends many Coaching Club events with her horses at venues such as Buckingham Palace, Royal Ascot and Windsor Great park. She also finds time to work alongside her business partner traveling to county agricultural shows building WHP jumping courses.
Unknown fact: Emma has a HGV licence, so is an experienced horse transporter!
Favourite equestrian discipline: Showing
Claim to fame: Emma’s 14hh WHP, Fairley, was so good at jumping he was Prince Charles’ lead horse to jump hedges for the Quorn Hunt. There was nothing he couldn’t jump!
Favourite rider of all time: Pippa Funnell
Favourite horse of all time: Her own horse Finlay, a 16hh Maxi Cob
Emma is very excited at the prospect of her new role as Head of Equestrian at King’s Schools, and is keen to encourage pupils to follow their dream in the world of Equestrianism!
She can be contacted at: EMEdwards@kings-taunton.co.uk