I first represented Great Britain at the 2001 Young Rider Europeans on Flintlock, a hunter owned by a friend who asked me to compete him whilst she was at University. He also took me to my first 5* at Burghley in 2002 and my first Badminton a year later in 2003. Then came Done To Order, a little dun cob with the heart of a lion.
The experience they gave me was invaluable and I realised very early on that our sport isn't about having the most talented horse but the best partnership.
I started my Senior Championship career in great but unexpected style. A late call up resulted in me winning the Individual Silver medal with Some Day Soon at the Europeans in Fontainebleau in 2009. After further team appearances with Jakata in 2010 (World Equestrian Games, Kentucky) and 2011 (Team Bronze, European Championships, Luhmühlen), my sights were firmly set on selection for my home Olympics - London 2012.
I was riding the crest of a wave in 2011 with Jakata finishing 2nd at Badminton and wins at the London Olympic Test Event and Blenheim for DHI Topper W. Both were selected for London but that was where my Olympic journey ended with injuries to both horses.
It left me heartbroken, in the truest sense of the word, and it's still, to this day, something I have struggled to come to terms with.
To miss out on any Olympics would have been tough but you know the opportunity to compete at your home Games is a once in a lifetime thing. And, for me, it wasn't meant to be.
The fire that had always burned so bright inside me went out. I just felt empty inside and it took a long time for me to piece my world back together.
A lot of people who had jumped on the Olympic bandwagon walked away which made it harder still but I will always be grateful to those who stood behind me and helped push me back up again.