Fiona Cox

I graduated as a Veterinarian in Queensland in 2004.  I now work part time for Sydney Equine Practice, predominantly with lamenesses and performance horse management.  4 years ago I decided to take my part time hobby of dressage to the next level and began riding semi-professionally.

I recently retired and sold my FEI horses so have a number of my young ones coming through - Yondella First Assassin, who I bred, is proving to be a little star.  I also have a young horse champion Freestyle MS and the beautiful Andalusian Norio who I compete for clients at medium level.  I have a feisty young chestnut Jazz mare I hope I will be raving about next edition!

I ride about 6 horses a day, 4 to 5 days a week, so life is very busy!  I really enjoy teaching dressage when I can fit it in.  I love the Black Horse Clothing range as they are hard wearing, practical, comfortable and stylish.  It's not uncommon for me to have to jump off a horse and see a local patient in my breeches so the professional look of my Black Horse jodds is essential.

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GET TO KNOW ME

My age is 38
I live The Southern Highlands, NSW
I would describe my occupation as I work as an equine veterinarian for Sydney Equine Practice as well as training dressage horses
My favourite breeches are 'Aimee' breeches - they are super sticky and a little thicker for the Highlands cold weather
I started riding when I was about 7.  My sisters and I used to ride bareback on a Shetland pony called Laddy.  One of us had to control the bitey end while the other got on.
My first pony was a Palouse called Redwing who had a habit of bolting
The highlight of my career so far is not an event, it's training young horses up levels.
My biggest riding influence is my coach Sue Hearn.
The best piece of advice I have for up & coming riders is learn to work with difficult horses safely.  It teaches you a lot of handy training tricks.
When I'm not riding I'm working as a vet or doing the garden on the farm.
The word that best sums me up is hard working.
My pre-comp secret weapon is visualising my tests.
The greatest challenge I've faced is a chestnut Jazz mare.
If I won lotto I would see all the amazing animals of the world.
I would tell my 13 year old self to start dressage lessons earlier.  It's easier to not learn bad habits in the first place.

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