Sophie Burling

Riding Diciplines:



Jeff McVean


Holsteiner, Hanovarian, Dutch Warmblood / KWPN, NZ Warmblood

Preferred name/nickname (if any):


Horse(es) name(s):

Detailed (Clyde), LR Ruegar (Ru), Gradina (Fancy), Astek Danzing (Danny), Emilio (Elmo), Wimborne Constanze (Chloe), Ariadne II and Astek Gymkala (Gym).


Holsteiner, Hanovarian, Dutch Warmblood / KWPN, NZ Warmblood

Name the most influential person in your riding career and why:

My Parents, Jenny and Robert. They give me the support required to achieve my goals and stand by me through thick and thin.

Describe your riding history:

I come from a non-horsey family and started riding just as a fun hobby, before my competitive spirit kicked in and I discovered my love of showjumping. I placed 3rd in my first pony Grand Prix at the age of eleven, before moving up to 3*** pony grand prix young rider / 1* horse grand prix level (1.45m).

Special highlight(s) in your riding career:

Achieving my three silver ferns for New Zealand representation, especially the first when I got to compete in Bogota and Colombia (South America) finishing 8th in the A final and 4th in the B final.

What are your ambitions?

I wish to become an internationally recognised and ranked showjumping rider. I would like to push myself for Rio 2016 Olympics as well as future world cup finals. Before reaching these goals, I would like to chase the young rider series and begin to successfully compete at Grand Prix and World Cup level.

Have you trained or coached any riders who have had success?

A few younger riders, competing at pony and junior level look to me for support in terms of training, mentorship and horse management. They are still up and coming but are starting to see top placings at their level. I enjoy coaching the younger riders, but as a full time school student, as well as running a large team of showjumpers, I have not been able to put as much time as I would have liked into this avenue.

Special care and management considerations of your horse(s):

I have horses ranging from growing youngstock and pregnant/lactating mares to performance horses. Some of which require that extra energy boost, whilst others still require adequate energy but combined into a cool, calming diet, as well as those who don't keep weight so well.

Which Pryde's feeds do you use and why do you like them?

EasiResult - The horses love this feed! It is a great allrounder and all those with no special requirements are on it. It gives cool energy and super condition.

EasiSport - I use this feed on the hotter horses who are grain sensitive but still require enough energy to perform.

Rebuild - I add this feed to the diets of horses who need to build topline or who are just poor doers

BioMare Cubes - This is great for the growing youngstock and I can rest easy knowing that pregnant/lactating mares are getting all the nutrition they require.

Polished - One of my horses has very brittle feet and polished aids in keeping his feet in good enough condition that he can keep his shoes on for the season. Also helps to keep the competition team looking great.