I started riding at the age of nine in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Early on, I focused on training and competing in dressage. Still as junior I competed on PSG level and won several team gold medals in National Championships as well as bronze medal at an individual competition in 2004.
As a young rider I came 3rd in Slovenian National Championship and, while competing as a senior, won several team medals. I have also competed in international competitions like Alpe Adria Trophy and FEI World Dressage Challenge.
In January 2012 I gained my coaching qualifications as International Coach assistant at FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale). Soon after competing my masters degree in engineering in February 2012, I moved to UK, where I started working and training with Vicky Thompson-Winfield. I rode, schooled and competed horses, trained under Vicky's supervision up to Grand Prix level and thought clients both in dressage and jumping.
In 2012 I wanted to focused more on my coaching, so I moved to Wimbledon Village Stables which, together with other experience, helped me achieve my Level 2 International Independent Coach qualification at the FEI in March 2014.
In February 2013 I attended a course for equine sport massage at Equinenergy and became certified bodyworker in November 2013. These studies really helped me to develop in depth understanding of the biomechanics of the horse, knowledge that continues to have a great impact on my riding and teaching.
At the start of 2014 I opened my own business, Happy Horse World, where I work as a freelance coach, rider and equine bodyworker. I have also developed bespoke two-day workshops combining equine sport massage, seminars and training, which have already proven to be very successful around the UK and beyond.
After bringing many horses to PSG level I was ready to step up to Grand Prix level. Together with Libertino Syndicate we purchased Libertino in February 2019 as a Grand Prix prospect. Only after 4 months together we competed in GP and a month later we made our international debut at Hickstead CDI3* representing my home country Slovenia.
Over the years they have competed numerous times at different CDIs in and out of UK. The highlight was competing at Olympia World Cup qualifier in 2019. Libertino was the youngest horse in the competition and performed outstandingly. We especially enjoyed dancing in our upbeat freestyle and gained over 71%.