Ros grew up on the family farm at Hallington in Lincolnshire, where she is now based. She spent her childhood riding around the farm with her parents and two sisters, and was an active member of the South Wold Hunt North Pony Club, producing her ponies from an early age.
Silver Curtis was Ros’s first horse and he set her off on the road of affiliated eventing. Ros explains: “He was an unsuitable buy but the William Curtis stud is local to us and he rather fell in to our home! After a couple of years with Silver very definitely in charge he became a fantastic horse for me. We were short listed for the junior team and completed our first advanced together.”
Ros then studied Sport Science at Sheffield Hallam University, playing first team hockey and attempting to juggle her eventing (not very successfully, according to Ros) with making the most of the opportunities presented at Uni.
Armed with a degree but little in the way of horses to ride Ros was persuaded to go travelling – and in those four fantastic months away she realised what she wanted to do with her life. Event. A supposedly short term summer job with Judy Bradwell (it turned in to four wonderful years) made the decision easy.
Ros started riding for Judy in 2008 and in the first year qualified three horses for the Burghley Young Event Horse Final and the Young Horse Eventing Championships. That same year she also represented Great Britain in the World University Equestrian Championships in Algeria, winning a silver medal in the show jumping.
“Over the next three seasons with Judy I gained experience on a number of young horses, with highlights including finishing runner up in the Six Year Old World Championships at Le Lion d’Angers when riding Aprobanta, winning the Four Year Old Burghley Young Event Horse Final and the Lycetts Four Year Old Championship in the same year with Cekatinka, winning the CIC** at Barbary riding Vermeer and also the Osberton CCI* with Wutella.
At the end of the 2011 season Ros made the decision to establish her business at Hallington and her reputation has gone from strength to strength. She enjoyed successful outings as part of the Great Britain Nations Cup team and, in 2015, achieved her first Land Rover Burghley CCI4* completion riding Allstar B – the pair winning the prize for best British first timers. They completed again in 2016, Ros having also been selected to travel out to Rio as part of the Ambition Programme, for a behind the scenes look at the Olympic Games.
In 2017 Ros, riding Allstar B, finished 5th, best Brit and highest placed lady rider at Badminton. This earnt the pair a place on the British team for the European Championships in Strzegom, Poland where Ros finished 5th individually and won a team gold medal. Zenshera also posted two top 10 finishes at CCI4* level.
Things were only set to get better in 2018. Ros and Allstar B took 3rd place at Badminton, Zenshera also 3rd at Luhmuhlen, both horses earning a place on the short list for the World Equestrian Games. It was Allstar B who made the flight to the States, and an immaculate dressage score finish resulted in both a team gold medal and the individual title of World Champions.
Allstar B finished the season as the British Eventing top points winner for the year, with Zenshera second on the table following a 5th place at Pau CCI4*. Ros is currently World Number Two.
She remains totally grounded. “I am incredibly lucky to be based at Hallington, with such supportive and forward thinking parents. Mum not only spends hours every day helping me but she has developed her livery business and so our facilities are superb,” says Ros. “I continue to love my sport, playing netball and hockey, as well as diving, and I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.”