Jo Lashley is a superb dressage and event rider, achieving outstanding results from novice horses. She is, also, a regular trainer of horses, ponies and pupils with an ability to turn them into competition equines and riders.
Her interest in horses started when she was three years old, when she met and started riding a small Shetland pony named “Half Pint” which was kept on the farm next door to where she lived.
She went on to own her own ponies and horses whilst, also, taking riding lessons from a very early age. Her interest in riding and events never dwindled throughout her school years and Jo eventually studied at Hartpury College, Nr. Gloucester (a college with a very good reputation itself) where she attained a BSC in Equine Science.
Since leaving Hartpury, Jo has been employed as riding instructor at Milfield School (Somerset) rider and trainer at Warren Equestrian (Somerset), riding instructor for several Riding/Pony Clubs in Somerset, rider at Team Bragg Eventing (Somerset). Whilst at Millfield Jo achieved her BHS II exam. Jo then went on to work at Warren Equestrian, where she qualified numerous young horses for the Young Event Horse Finals at Burghley:
Jo has built up a very good reputation, within Somerset and beyond, as a trainer as well as a rider. She has competed many horses in both disciplines over the years, taking her own horse up to British Dressage Grand Prix.
Jo has achieved some great results whilst competing at National Level in British Dressage, since Spikkel turned to pure Dressage in 2007:
Winter Championships 2008 – 5th in the Elementary
Winter Championships 2011 – 6th in the Advanced Medium Freestyle to Music
Winter Championships 2012 – Advanced Medium and in the Advanced Medium Freestyle to Music
Winter Championships 2015 – Petplan Area Festival Prix St George.
At the same time, she has continued her own training: currently being trained by Pammy Hutton. In the past, she has also received training from Sarah Cheetham, Danny Anholt and Helen Griffiths.
Jo trains other competitors for similar events and members of Pony and Riding Clubs.
“I really enjoy helping people who are trying to improve their riding skills and compete at a higher level.“
says Jo: a sentiment we know she holds dear to herself.
Since selling her Event horse in 2012, Jo has only been attending British Dressage competitions.
However, she still enjoys jump training her clients and continues to prepare a number of them for British Eventing competitions.