Registered Name: Ashvale Irish Charm
Breed: Irish Sport Horse
Age: 15 years old
Birthday: 1st May 1998
Height: 16 hands
Likes: Apples, carrots, mints, brown suger cubes, olive bread (really - she loves the stuff), rolling in mud, being in the field, other horses when she is in the field, being the boss of the herd, galloping, jumping.
Dislikes: Chili, white suger cubes, being caught in the field sometimes, being alone in the field, other horses when led or ridden.
Biography: Pigeon was bought to England from the Republic of Ireland as a five year old having trained to show jump. I met her in November 2009 and fell in love with her pretty face and sometimes cheeky nature. She has since dicovered a love of cross country and has proved to be very bold and brave!
Interesting Fact: Pigeon has only had three jumping refusals in competitions in nearly four years (and two of them were rider errors)!
Registered (Married) Name: Alex Eccles
Breed: Human (most days at least)
Age: 35 years old
Birthday: 11th February 1978
Likes: My long suffering husband, chili, cheese, wine, gadgets, galloping, jumping,
Dislikes: Having to work for a living, onions, Pigeon
not being caught in the field sometimes, competitive dressage
Biography: I started riding as an 8 year old and was lucky
enough to have a cute piebald pony called Bianca until I got too tall for
her. We then upgraded to the cheeky thoroughbred chestnut mare, Amber! As
I hit my teenage years I, like many others, became more interested in boys and so Amber was sold. I then had 15 years off horses while I
finished my education - taking a BA degree in Classics and Philosophy at The
Queens' University (Belfast), followed by a master’s degree in Archaeology
(specialising in Mesopotamian art) at the University of Cambridge. I
got back into riding when a work friend in Oxford mentioned she had
started riding again... 6 months later we had bought Pigeon and both competed
BE90 level events that summer! My friend has since gone insane and
bought a five year old ex-race horse and I have Pigeon all to myself :-)
Interesting Fact: For the last ten years my husband and I have lived on a Narrowboat on the Oxford Canal.