Welcome to Stella Bunn Eventing!
I am an event rider who earns a living from coaching all levels of riders, from happy hackers to successful eventers, dressage riders and showjumpers.
I have competed successfully at Advanced Level Eventing, International 3* and also won at Foxhunter British ShowJumping and also Advanced Medium Level Dressage. I retired my Advanced event horse Trefeinon Icon a few years ago and Mutiny Bay who also took me to advanced in the 1990s retired even longer ago. I love bringing on young horses and currently have so many nice ones it would be amazing if one of them was good enough to repeat the brilliance of Icon before I get too old!!! But in the meantime we are having fun training the younger horse at the lower level events. Love dreaming that one of them might be an advanced horse in the making!
One of my favourite annual holidays is spent helping groom for 4* rider Louise Harwood at Badminton and Burghley. It’s a fabulous experience I find working behind the scenes of a major competition helps me with my coaching skills also.
A Bit About My Background.
I was introduced to riding courtesy of a donkey called Muffin that was owned by a nieghbour and kept on my Grandmothers chicken farm. He was naughty and I fell off him lots. Then I rode friends ponies and worked for rides at a nearby riding school. Eventually at 12 years old I was allowed my own small fat naughty Welsh pony, I fell off him lots too. My parents are not horse people and hoped I would soon give up. I didn’t, although I had very little money to buy anything decent so when I left school I got an office job, so I could afford to event. I hated the office, but my addiction to horses kept me imprsioned there for 17 years. The first horse I took round an Advanced (Mutiny Bay) cost me just £900 as a green youngster, off a local dealer. I just love bringing on youngsters. I have started almost all of my horses from unbroken youngsters and believe that event horses thrive on the partnership of trust you build with them and in a similar vein I find this also applies to coaching horse and rider.
If you work hard and do it with a smile, support others and always treat your horse like a star then he will become one. People notice when you are successful, but they also notice how you got there.
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