ALEXANDRA HELLINGS - dressage
Alex is a 19 year old dressage rider from Bakewell, Derbyshire and has trained with Sonia Baines since she was eight years old. In 2011, when Alex was just eleven years old, she was part of the British Pony squad with Dublin and again in 2012. 2013 was the third year on the squad for Alex with Clare Williams’ pony Der Kleine Lord who she was given the ride on. She was a member of the 2014 Silver Medal winning team at the European Championships in Millstreet Ireland, and was the individual Bronze Medalist.
In 2015, Alex was the third ranked in the FEI Youth Dressage World Rankings, which was an astonishing achievement. When Lordy (Der Klein Lord) moved onto new owners, Alex turned her attention to her horse Uvender V (Uvi), who is a 17 year old gelding. She returned onto Team GBR two years later with Uvi to represent her country at the 2016 Junior European Championships in Oliva Nova, Spain. The following year, she was short listed for the 2017 Junior European Championships.
2019 has seen a flying start for Alex who continues to compete Uvender V to much success, They are now hoping to campaign at PSG/Inter 1 nationally and internationally. It has also seen Alex start her second year of her Mathematics degree at the University of Sheffield. Alex hopes to spend this year training her young horse Kai and hopefully start his competition career with some of the young horse classes. Alex is very lucky to have a great team around her, especially as her family, who before her rise to the top, had no interest in horses whatsoever so she is very grateful to them