In the next part of our series of interviews designed to introduce BHS Oxfordshire members to their local committee, we meet Jo Rose, Training Officer…
Name: Jo Rose
Age (a ballpark, please!): Early 40's
Occupation: Equine and human holistic therapist and teacher
Tell us about… your first pony: Cobweb, when I was 12 - old enough to muck out and so on!
… the first fall you can remember: Five times at same fence. I went over, the pony didn’t – at the time I assumed this was a normal part of learning to ride!
… the first rosette you remember winning: Second in a fancy dress class at the riding school, when I was eleven. I think I was a clown.
… your horsey highlight: Several years ago, when I realised that I had been right all along about communicating using horse body language.
… your most embarrassing horsey moment: It was quite funny really – my horse swerved a jump, dislodging me, so I ended up standing off the side of the horse with one foot in the stirrup, facing backwards, while the horse continued to canter. I somehow managed to swing my leg over and get back on again. I was a riding instructor at the time, and was thoroughly shown up by the school children in the competition!
… your current horse(s): Lou Lou, very sweet and willing, and Sam, both rescue horses. Sam did too much too young so his joints can't cope with much these days, but he has a happy life after years of panic.
Do you compete? What is your preferred discipline? Not on the above two, but I'm planning to either borrow a horse to compete this year, or maybe get myself another next year. I've no idea what though! I used to love show jumping.
What’s your favourite horsey activity? Helping them to get well and stay well.
What’s your equine ambition? To continue on this path – educating others in horse wellbeing and care, and natural methods of training and care.
Share your yard secrets, please… what are your best time saving tips? Do two or three things in one trip to the field.
What about money saving tips? Minimise injuries and vet bills by learning how to maintain your horses’ muscles and joints through stretches and training.
Tell us about your involvement with the BHS… what is your role on the committee? I am the Training Officer, so I help with training events and ideas.
How long have you been on the committee, and how long in this role? I have been part of the committee for about 18 months.
How did you get involved with the BHS? I'm a registered BHS Instructor.
What’s your favourite part of the role? Meeting other like-minded people.
Anything else we should know about you? I teach equine massage, stretching, hedgerow foraging and natural training methods to help your horse, and I donate a proportion of the course fee from BHS members who participate in my courses to BHS Oxfordshire. See my website for more details.
Thanks, Jo! Next time, we'll meet another of the Oxfordshire committee.