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Harriet Morris-Baumber

We talk to event rider Harriet Morris-Baumber about her many achievements and her busy life with her team of horses.

Harriet Morris-BaumberWhat are some of your biggest achievements?

I have ridden for Great Britain internationally and have been lucky enough to train with some of the world's best coaches. I ride and compete horses on behalf of clients and one of my biggest achievements was winning Team Bronze at the CIC** European Championships.  The memories I have from that week are very special. I was so proud to be wearing a Union Jack and representing Great Britain. I am also very proud of the training base and facilities I have developed at Granary Hall near York.

Have you always ridden horses?

Yes, for as long as I can remember, I have been riding since before I could walk.  Riding has always been the 'thing' in my life that makes me tick, makes me focus and motivated and I have never really thought about doing anything else even during the tough times of which there can be plenty when horses are involved!

Harriet Morris-Baumber

When did you first start eventing?

I first started eventing at the age of 11. My mother was a keen event rider and she gave me the encouragement to follow in her horsey footsteps.

Tell us about one of your sponsors...

I am proud to be sponsored by Yorkshire Pet Portraits, Andrew the artist creates the most elegant canvases bringing all sorts of animals to life with his near photographic quality artwork.

Leading saddle specialist North Yorkshire Saddles has also recently joined the team providing me with saddles and equipment from the Harry Dabbs range.

Tell us about your base at Granary Hall near York.

I am very fortunate to be based at Granary Hall, which is in Everingham, near York.  The facilities are excellent and include 16 stables all fully matted with dual aspect windows, a wash box with a hot shower and solarium, and a floodlit arena with Martin Collins surface.

We have 10 acres of individual post and rail paddocks. We also offer a cross country training field with a variety of cross country fences from 50cm to 1.05cm including banks, ditches, skinnies and corners. We have a grass dressage arena which is perfect for test riding practise and great for those horses who have never seen white boards before. We have a five horse Whittingham horse box that includes a hot and cold shower for the horses, tack lockers, roof rack and a big drinks fridge! 

All in all a fabulous set up to be based at within easy reach of many events and competitions.

Tell us about your current team of horses?

I currently have two rides owned by the Made in Yorkshire Syndicate and showing huge potential.

Escofino I is a six-year-old, grey gelding and Whiteasparke Caramel is a five-year-old bay gelding.  Both are competing at 1.10m level showjumping and BE90 and have made a great start to their eventing careers.

Horses also come in to be schooled, to get fit or to compete for a short while so the team on the yard can change every couple of months which keeps things fresh and exciting.

What do you spend most of your time doing?

I have spent the last few years establishing myself as a trainer and coach to other riders in and around Yorkshire. I was the runner up in the 2015 KBIS Instructor of the Year, something I am very proud of and at the yard each week there are a host of riders coming and going for lessons and training. 

We also run regular camps and clinics. When time allows I head over to Yorkshire Riding Centre for training with Christopher Bartle with my own horses.

Harriet Morris-Baumber

What sort of lessons do you offer at Granary Hall?

I offer lessons in all disciplines; dressage, show jumping and cross country. I have experience in teaching all disciplines and riders of all levels. I tailor all the lessons to the rider and their horse so that they will be sure to gain some invaluable advice no matter what their aims and ambitions are. My clients range from those taking part in the Wobbleberry Challenge to those aiming for 1* events and beyond.

What is the price per lesson your offer?

The general price for a dressage lesson is £30, a show jumping lesson is also £30 and cross country is £35, including the £5 course hire. These prices reflect a session which may vary between 45 minutes and an hour depending on how long it takes to achieve the goals set after an initial assessment.

What happens at the camps you offer at Granary Hall?

I like to think the training camps at Granary Hall are an exciting occasion. With on-site stabling and fantastic facilities you can stay for 2 to 5 days, it is a really fun time  as groups of friends stay together and take part in the activities. I offer a range of options to create your own bespoke camp itinerary, from flatwork, showjumping and cross-country lessons plus unmounted activities such as pilates for riders, video analysis/feedback sessions. I also provide demonstrations on my own horses and we have talks from leading industry experts and much more.

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