Anne-Marie Perry about page

About Me

About Anne-Marie Perry

Here is an insight into who I am and what I do.

Based: Elwick, Near Hartlepool in North East England

Occupation: Full time Dressage rider

Age: 27


  • BHS AI (This entails BHS Care and Riding Stage 3, Preliminary Teaching certificate and completing a Coaching Portfolio.

  • Fully Qualified In First Aid at Work

  • Qualfied in UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children

I have been riding for as long as I can remember, it has been said that when i was young I was put on a pony as an alternative to a pram as it kept me much quieter! My Background is horsey as my mum runs a BHS riding school at home and my family has always been involved with horses across all disciplines.

I have been brought up riding horses and ponies of all types, shapes and sizes and was a member of the South Durham Pony club. Before specialising in Dressage, I competed successfully Showjumping, Eventing and Working Hunter Classes.

In 2001 at 14 years old I qualified my Horse Forrest Fire and pony, Maeseyfron Rhett for the British Dressage National Championships at Stoneliegh Park. I went on to win my Class (Open to senior riders) there on Forrest Fire, and since then have never looked back!

In 2002 I went back to the National Championships on Forrest Fire and won again at the next level up (Medium level). In this year I was then put onto the World Class Development Program for Potential Olympic Athletes. I have been reselected onto this Lottery funded program through UK sport every year since. The programme provides an established development pathway for young, talented riders, with opportunities and access to further training and development as a potential Olympic rider.

In 2003 I was shortlisted as one of 5 riders for the Pony (U16) European Championships, and was also a member of the Pony (U16) and Junior (U18) British Squads.

In 2004 I represented Great Britain successfully on several occasions including competing in Roosendaal and Limburg in Holland, Addington in England and as part of the Junior European team in Denmark. Here i competed with Forrest Fire and was the Best British Rider.

In 2005, again i represented Great Britain on many occasions and again at the European Championships as a junior rider, this time placing individual 11th with World Classic.

2006 was my first year as a Young Rider (U21). Again i competed at the European Championships in the Young Rider section and returned home as Best British Rider.

Alongside competing internationally I have also competed successfully Nationally, in four senior Championships I have been placed in the top 10 and have had various placings at premier league competitions including two horses in th top four placings at every Junior/Young rider selection trial.

2007 was a successful year, I competed in three International competitions with good results - rarely finishing outside the top ten. This leaded to selection again for the European Championships at Under 21 level and I again returned as Best of the British Riders. I placed third at the Winter National Championships at senior level and in the top fifteen at the Summer National Championships, again at senior level. At the premier League competitions throughout the year team Perry swept the bords winning almost every Young Rider (u21) competition I entered! I then went off to Germany for six months to train with British Olympian Emma Hindle to widen and deepen my knowledge.

Back in the UK again for the 2008 season with my new Horse Aristo we cleaned up at Hickstead International CDI winning the entire Young Rider Tour.

2009 was the year to move on and up into Seniors with my fantastic team of young horses and we spent the time consolodating and training hard, achieving some great results nationally.

In 2010 I completed my first senior International competition at Small tour level with Aristo, before moving up to competing at Grand Prix level.

2011 saw the rise of Feine Dame to the top winning the small tour classes at Hickstead CDI.

in 2012 I partnered up with Emma Blundell who is developing a large Stud Facility 'Mount St John' very close to where I am based.  I took on the Rides of some of her fantastc up and coming future stars, which we have high hopes for as they develop through the levels. This is alongside my own top horses which I have continued to compete successfully Nationally and Internationally. I Also went to the Olympics in London as part of the 'Ambition Programme'. This was an oppertunity to be in the Athletes Village, Team GB house and basically live at the Olympics as if I was competing, without the pressure of competing. Therefore preparing myself for when I hopefully make it to the Olympics myself one day I will already know what to expect!

2013 was a year for competing Nationally and Internationally with Feine Dame at Small Tour Level where we scored over 70% and a top 5 placing in every competition we took part in! A very good year!

2014 was the year to move up to Grand Prix with Feine Dame.  A big transition for a horse I have had for 8 years and feel like I have grown up with! We won the Inter2 at Myerscough Premier League, and qualified and competed at the National Championships at both Inter2 and Grand Prix level

I am currently offering training and schooling livery (limited availability). I feel proud that at only 27 years old, I have already trained 7 horses from basic level to Grand Prix. My most prolific protege is Libby Soley with Noble Springbok. They won an individual silver medal at the 2006 Pony European Eventing Championships in Saumur and an individual Gold at the Pony Europeans in Germany 2007. In 2008 they also took team Gold and Individual Silver at Junior level!

I am available for teaching Clinics throughout the Country. Please don't hesitate to get in touch for any more information! I am happy to teach riders of all ages and abilities on thier own horses/ponies.

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Well I definitely back at Boot Camp! I have brought four horses with me for training at Emile's and four lessons at once is a bit of a shock to the system! I'm learning so much about each horse, they are all so different - Sunny is kick to go and ...

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