REBECCA BELL - dressage
19-year-old Rebecca started riding when she was just three years old, initially wanting to be an eventer, until her first pony decided he didn't want to jump! She then tried dressage with him and so her journey began. Her dressage career really took off in 2012, when she was selected to represent Great Britain at her first CDIP.
Since then, she has competed at 26 International Competitions (!), the highlights of which were being a part of the winning Nation’s Cup team in Saumur in 2013, winning a class Individually and coming 2nd in two classes at the Longines Vienna Masters in 2015; her final competition in the Ponies age group, and winning two classes at the CDIJ Waregem in 2017, the Kur by a +3% margin on an international PB of 75.8%.
Rebecca was a part of the British team at the Pony European Championships for three years, winning team Bronze in 2013, team Silver in 2014, and being a part of the first Gold medal winning GB team in HISTORY in 2015, as well as coming 8th individually. Both of her ponies, who she notably produced from youngsters herself, under constant guidance from her trainer of 10 years, Caron Roberts, have now moved on to fantastic new homes. She was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to ride Rob and Sue Fearis’ successful schoolmaster Waranos (Tango) in the Autumn of 2015. In 2016, Rebecca and Waranos were selected to represent Great Britain at the 2016 European Junior and Young Riders Championships held in Oliva Nova, Spain.
Tango then found a new home and Rebecca focused on bringing on her then 9 year old British Warmblood mare, Nibeley Union Hit. Since their competition debut in September 2016 they have won the 2017 National Medium Gold Freestyle title and a handful of CDI classes, as well as progressing from Medium to PSG level together, making their dual debut at the level in January of this year. 2018 also marked their first year at Young Rider level, and earlier in the year they were shortlisted for the European Championships team. As well as her top ride, Rebecca is grateful to have strength in depth with her Equine team mates: 9 year old Jimmy and 6 year old Otto are both progressing in an exciting manner, helped enormously by the support of groom, rider and all round yard manager Chloe Arnold.
Rebecca attended the school of St. Helen's and St. Katherine's from 2012-2017, and was awarded a Governor's Academic scholarship at 13+ entry. The school constantly supported her dressage career, allowing her time away to compete and train. Balancing sport and studies culminated in a place at Oxford University to read English Language and Literature in September 2017. Rebecca has competed alongside her studies throughout 2018, and hopes to continue to, as she is fortunate enough to live only a half an hour drive from University.