My name is Cara Shardlow and I compete in affiliated Dressage and also do a bit of eventing, I live nr Whitby in North Yorkshire where I run a livery and competition yard as well as freelance teaching.

My top horse is Detonator II a 10 yr old gelding. I have owned him since a newly broken 3 yr old and we have come up the grades together and now compete at Intermediate 1 and PSG level. 2015 was an amazing year for us we won our first regional title at the winter regionals at Advanced Medium level also coming 2nd at the summer regionals. We also contested our first high profile and premier leagues winning at Inter 1 level and gaining some good placings giving us the score we need to be able to apply to compete for Great Britain at an International hopefully this year. We also came 3rd at PSG level at the Home International and won the area festivals at PSG and Inter 1 levels qualifying us for the finals in April at Hartpury. He has had a very good year so far gaining two 3rd placings at the winter regional, then 3rd place in the Inter 1 at Myesrscough Premier league. We then headed to the Winter nationals last week and became the Inter 1 Petplan champions. We head to Keyso Premier league next week.

Sandinista is my 6 yr old gelding. I bought him as a yearling and he has grown and grown and he is so big I'm to scared to measure him to find out how big he actually is! Because of his size I have taken things slowly but he had some great results last year with a 6th place in a big novice open summer regionals class and was reserve for the Home International team. He is was places 4th at the winter regionals in the novice open freestyle gaining over 73% which gave him a wild card to the winter nationals where he was a total star gaining 17th in the country. He will mainly contest elementary classes this year possibly medium later on.

I have recently bought Detonators nephew Mario a 5yrs gelding by Medoc out of a Demonstrator mare, he is a bit of a late starter but will be going to his first competition this weekend and I have high hopes for him.

So I'm very excited for 2016 with lots already qualified for and competing at the premier leagues, fingers crossed for GB selection as well. I'm so pleased to be supported by Saracen, since swapping to Re-Leve Detonator has been so much more rideable and looks fantastic. The Equi-Jewel has helped Sandonista through the winter keeping his condition, he has never looked so well.

Here are some pictures of Dentonator II and I at the Winter Dressage Championships having a wild time! I love this horse!