Growing up with horses it was inevitable that Alex would have a career within the equestrian world. Alex enjoyed success as a child in pony club mounted games before concentrating on show jumping.
Alex then took a break from riding at the age of sixteen but continued working with horses where he began his training to become a registered farrier.
Alex qualified with distinction starting his own horse shoeing business which is how he met his wife Simmone. It was with Simmone that he had his first insight into eventing and then began to ride and compete horses again.
Today he manages to balance both being a farrier and a successful event rider.
Alex has huge ambitions, he was reserve for the European championships this year and is still hungry for a full senior appearance in the future.
He successfully travelled on Nations cup duty on 3 occasions this season with 3 different horses. Alex was the best Brit at Aachen, Germany where he also won the Ride and Drive spectacular in front of a full house of 50,000 people.
Since his 4* debut at Burghley in 2016, Alex has competed at all four European 4* events with in one calendar year.
Alex once again features in the top 100 list of riders.
“We have, since 2004, had continued business dealings with Alex and Simmone. They have produced, competed and sold horses on our behalf. They have never failed to fulfil our requirements with utter professionalism and transparency throughout. A very hard working and honest couple, you will not be disappointed.”
“I have used Poplars Equestrian twice for schooling young horses. Both times I found Simmone and Alex friendly, honest and professional, which was just what I needed. And they get terrific results!
I felt they listened carefully to my concerns about the horse’s current progress, assessed him within just a couple of days, and then told me exactly what they hoped to achieve within the timeframe available. Whenever I went to watch his schooling I was always made to feel welcome, and was given lots of time to ask questions and discuss his progress, as well as tips on how to continue the work once he got home. The standards at the yard are impeccable, my horse was always content, un-stressed and very well looked after.
And the result was that they managed to bring on a very reluctant six-year old Cleveland Bay to an almost unrecognisable state in just three weeks. To see him working with energy and willingness in all three paces, to see him so engaged, was just brilliant. I strongly recommend Poplars Equestrian to anyone who would like to advance their horse’s education.”
“I purchased my horse in 2008 from Poplars Equestrian. Whilst I was making my decision, Alex and Simmone were extremely helpful and they have continued to provide me with fantastic support whilst I have been on holiday by having my horse back on livery for schooling. She is looked after extremely well and comes home looking great and well schooled. As a result of their support, I have a fantastic horse who has given me the most amazingly successful 3 years!!
Poplars Equestrian is a professionally managed yard, where horses of all abilities are well cared for by a friendly knowledgeable team.
I have no hesitation in recommending Poplars Equestrian to anyone who is looking for a professional and friendly service to purchase/sell a horse, livery, schooling, or to compete your horse for you.”