© Copyright Cheryl Hammerson 2014 - 2018
BHSAI BSc Hons
BHS Accredited Professional Coach
Cheryl’s love of horses developed early in life, with her first pony, a New Forest called Foggy. The pair enjoyed some wonderful years competing for fun; with Foggy's favourite outings always being those involving considerable speed!
Set on a career with horses, Cheryl started her working life with Clarissa Bleekman where she gained a great deal of knowledge riding Clarissa's eventers and Mark Todd's stallion Mayhill.
Wide ranging experience followed before Cheryl decided to focus on dressage, the discipline which has become her passion since 1997.
To build on her own skills and learn from the "best", Cheryl began training with a number of the country's well known trainers including Marion Hollands, Sharon Edwards and John Lassiter. Today Marion remains one of Cheryl's closest mentors.
Cheryl regularly competes up to advanced levels of dressage and has represented the Southern Region at Inter Regional and Home International level.
She has perhaps the unique record of qualifying for Regional Championships every horse she has taken under her wing for regular competing.
Cheryl promotes dressage as accessible for all riders and all horses. She has a particular talent for producing horses for competition that have previously shown no aptitude for dressage.
She is happy to compete horses on behalf of their owners, or to help riders get into competition themselves by supporting them in the competition environment.
But, Cheryl also recognises it's not all about competition. She believes that dressage is an essential element of training for all horses and riders, even if they have no intention of competing.
She believes that by using a classical and 'gadget' free approach, all horses can be encouraged to develop a healthy way of carrying their rider, to be a safer more responsive ride, and potentially increase their longevity as a ridden horse by avoiding injury due to poor muscle development and poor posture.