James Wilson (23) is an international showjumper who also began his career at an early age. At the age of 5 James took over the family pony and straight away he was hooked. After trying his hand at most equine disciplines, he decided to focus soley on showjumping at the age of 13 when he was given a very good 148cm pony to ride.
School gradually took less and less priority as the sport got more and more serious as time went on.
At the age of 16 James got his first serious horse “Clydecruiser,” and by the following year he jumped double clear in the junior Nations Cup trials at Wales and the West. A great achievement when he only had the side of a hill and two jumps to practice!
The following year came, and the decision was made to concentrate completely on horses.
At the age on 17 James went to work for Stuart Harvey. Here James learnt about producing young horses to the highest level. Stuart taught him a lot about what to look for in a young horse and still helps in looking for young horses and a lot of the training on a regular basis.
After a brief stint in Switzerland James then moved to Holland to work for the Dutch Breeder Egbert Schep. Riding 12 horses a day and taking 9 horses to shows each week, he learnt a lot about horses and riding in the ring.
After moving back to England James spent some time working at INshowjumpers near London. Here he got a little taste for the international shows.
James then met Heather and the decision was made to start their own stable. The first six months they based themselves with Stuart whom heather was training with at the time, untill things were more established. After the spring tour in Oliva Nova (Spain) they moved back to Hill House Farm in Somerset, where things have gone from strength to strength; and now boast a yard full of promising talented horses.