Karla Knapp Dressage
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" Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes."
 - Benjamin Franklin
Here's what motivation did for me...
 
Crazy about horses from the age of 5, it is no surprise to most I have finally settled into working with them full time.  I had a pony on loan from the age of 10 and haven't really looked back, the late Bohemian Blue Rhapsody can be credited with really teaching me how to ride.  Literally from the ground up!!

I studied for my National Diploma in Equine management at Hadlow college, leaving with a Distinction grade and my BHS qualifications in 2000.  From there I went on to work sole charge at a livery yard for two years, followed by a years incredible experience working at Bell Equine Veterinary Hospital. After 3 years at Frogpool Manor Saddlery, where I had progressed to Clothing Floor Supervisor I decided to get a "real job" in an office.  This proved to be a terrible mistake and several career options later I have found my way back to my passion in life.  In 2008 I worked at White Horse Riding Centre, leaving as their head instructor a year later to concentrate my time and efforts on my private clients and own horse. 

I bought my horse in 2001 as an unbroken 4 year old, he had been imported from Denmark and is sired by Kyra Kyrklund's International GP ride Midt-West Ibilight.   Having backed and trained him myself we went to the regionals and winter semis in 2003 and 2004 at Prelim and Novice level.  The elementary qualification proved rather more elusive and the year I decided to stop chasing it we qualified at Advanced Medium! Definitely a case for pushing your boundaries. In 2008 I competed for "team Southern" at the Senior Inter-Regional competition held at Keysoe.  This was enormous fun and something I would recommend to anybody.  Since then we have successfully worked through the levels, competing at the Hickstead Dressage Masters at Advanced Medium and PSG Petplan Area Festivals, ending the 2012 season having a go at an Inter 1 test.