Mike grew up in Essex and as a boy was a keen member of the Pony Club whose first love was showjumping and eventing it was in these disciplines that he represented the branch. After leaving school there was only one path for him and he followed it via a tough apprenticeship with Shirley Cook breaking youngsters. Mike gained his BHSI teaching certificate whilst serving a spell at Bob Garrett’s Aldborough Hall E.C. as competition rider. Having also worked as showjumping rider to Lady Brookeborough in Ireland, he took the step of going it alone setting up a yard in the beautiful grounds of Hubbards Hall.
It was from here that he decided to launch his eventing career on the lovely grey horse Watch Out, unfortunately the horse had different ideas his heart was not in eventing, so Mike had to turn his hand to training him for dressage and with the help of Eric Theilgaard and Lyndsey Hudson. n'ee Bunting Mike trained and competed Watch Out to Intermediate 1 with great success, and this in turn has helped him in training many more horses and riders for the dressage arena.
Since then Mike has had many successes on his own and owner's horses, to name just a few Aldborough What's Up, Twilight Zone and River Ann. His recent rides are advanced Satchmo Ask, Rockissima and a horse he shares with his wife Wenger. Still, alongside his dressage training, Mike kept on eventing, and so along with Sean Mor, Freeway and Welton May came the chestnut mares, Jumbalara and Alice Beal. Both horses were backed by Mike and Sarah and they went on to be very good Intermediate event horses for Mike before the owners decided to sell them, one to America and the other to Ireland.
This is what Mike and Sarah really enjoy doing, working with the young horses, making sure that they have enough experience in each discipline before they are sold, to carry on their careers.