Olivia has been around horses since the age of 11, starting out at the local riding school. Olivia joined the riding school pony club and gained a whole host of badges in various activities. Olivia has owned and competed various horses over the years, competing up to novice dressage and newcomers show jumping with the BSJA. For the past 8 years Olivia's trusty companion has been the chestnut gelding Oscar who has competed up to 110cm show jumping nationally and internationally. Olivia and Oscar have had a good string of results over the last few years. Due to injury Oscar is now semi-retired from jumping and has taken up showing with great results in the ridden hunter classes this season.
Olivia has worked on numerous yards from livery yards to competition yards looking after all kinds of horses and ponies. She was based at Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire for 8 years and received training from Nina Barbour and Chris Pugh as well as working part time on the yard there. Olivia has also worked freelance or Antony Condon and now works for a top pony show jumper based in Shropshire.
Olivia has always been interested in science particularly biology having graduated in 2015 with a 1st class honours in biomedical science from Manchester University. However the pull of horses brought her back to working in the industry and this is where the interest in equine therapy and massage came from. Olivia trained through the collage of animal physiotherapy on their accredited cert. in equine sports massage being trained by Catriona Goulding, gaining a distinction. Olivia is fully insured and registered with the International Association of Animal Therapies (IAAT.)
Olivia is passionate about helping horses feel and perform to their best. She is particularly interested in biomechanics and conformation as well as rehabilitation therapy and massage.
Olivia is keen to learn different techniques and types of massage and therapy so she can do the best possible job in treating clients horses. Olivia is hoping to go on to study vet physiotherapy in the future.