All about Pippa Taylor

Introducing Pippa

Pippa Taylor looking thoughful
Pippa Taylor

On the rare occasions that Pippa has some time off from her busy schedule with her horses she likes to get dressed up with a few of her girlfriends and go out dancing. Pippa's rhythm on the dance floor is not quite as good as that on her horses but she provides plenty of entertainment for her friends around her!

Pippa also enjoys pilates and swimming whenever she can fit it in.

As her yard is at the heart of her parents farm she sometimes helps out with the pigs. Pippa also is quite handy with a tractor and will help out in harvest when needed. Her parking and reversing skills are a force to be reckoned with as she has been in and out of tractors from just being a few months old. These skills have been a valuable asset in the running of her yard as she is able to do all her own harrowing and paddock maintenance.

One of Pippa's best friends is her dog Molly, a border terrier. The two are often seen hacking together with Molly leading the way. Molly accompanies Pippa on all her events and helps to lead the horses in and out of the fields, much to the amusement of the horses. Molly loves to join in and earn her keep!

A little history

Young Pippa

Pippa Taylor aged 18 months riding Twinkle
Pippa's 1st pony Twinkle

Pippa began riding at 18 months old with her first pony called Twinkle.

As a youngster Pippa began pony club where she found her nich in life. With a love for Gymkhana Pippa's competative streak soon became apparent and as she grew became part of the pony club team. She also enjoyed competing in local hunter trials.

Pippa soon became the local test pilot for all the ponies being broken in the area. This certainly taught her balance and how to hold on tight!

Pippa's love of helping others with their ponies is where her enthusiasm to produce her own horses has come from.

Teen Pippa

Showjumping on Spooks at The Junior Regional Novice Event 2006
Spooks at a Junior Regional Novice Event

On her first horse Totem Pole Pippa qualified as an individual for the Warwickshire Pony Club dressage team and also the Eventing Championships. Totem Pole was such a star that she also became part of the pony club show jumping team.

As a junior regional novice Pippa qualified two years on the trot with her next horse Dutch Treat and the team won both years.

At the age of seventeen she began working and training with Ann and Nigel Taylor, her Aunt and Uncle, as a groom at Aston Le Walls event yard. Pippa gained a mass of knowledge and experience that she has now put into running Clattercote Stables.

Adult Pippa

Hi Jinx at Moreton Morrell
Hi Jinx at Moreton Morrell

Pippa trained and rode Miss Independence from Novice Evening to Intermediate Level and has now successfully begun her breeding programme with her. Miss Independence's first foal was born in 2009 and is growing rather quickly!

Pippa broke her next horse Tailored 2 Fit, bred from No Complaints, a grade-A show jumper herself, as a four year old and has produced her to intermediate level in eventing.

As a five year old Tailored 2 Fit finished in the top third of the five year old championships at Twistledown. She finished 14th in her first 1* competition as a six year old and qualified for Gatecombe Novice Festival in 2009. Tailored 2 Fit is now aiming for newcomer show jumping.

After successfully competing Tailored 2 Fit at Weston Pippa gained the ride on Primitive Rose, a 5 year old filly by Primitive Proposal. Pippa has competed successfully, coming 3rd and 4th in combined training at Aston-le-Walls. Primitive Rose has now competed successfully up to pre-novice level with the plan to go Novice next year with her owner offering her another ride on one of her other youngsters who Pippa will break and compete on.

Pippa then brought High Jinx as an untouched 3 year old and has successfully broken her. They are now competing at pre-novice eventing and have been placed at nearly all her competitions. She has qualified for Intro final at Badminton in 2010.

Aims for 2011

  • High Jinx to go intermediate and finish with a CCI**
  • Get to know Primative Rays a new Novice horse Pippa has for the season
  • Primative rose to do a 1*
Pippa Taylor studio shot - on floor