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Jo Bates

The early years

Jo's first steps

Jo, age 10, riding Cusop Petit

Jo's mother is Elizabeth Morgan, who runs Greenacres Stud-breeding and producing show ponies. Jo rode show ponies from a very young age, winning many county championships.

One notable success was Cusop Petit, a 12.2hh show pony stallion who Jo rode side saddle at 10 years old. Riding for her mother, Jo was instrumental in producing many ponies that went on to national success, notably for Mrs Eckley's Cusop Stud and Elspeth Ferguson's Rosevean Stud. At about that time, Jo went on a side saddle course with Jennie Loriston Clarke, who was a great help and would become a great influence and mentor. Jo was twice side saddle rider of the year in 1976 and 1977.

Jo's teenage years

Scotch Royale in Austria

Jo was first attracted to top level dressage when, at 13 years old, she saw Domini Laurence ride San Fernando in a dressage demonstration at HOYS. Inspired by the performance, Jo acquired Scotch Royale from the Countess of March and at 14 and 15 years old she was one of the top young riders in GB. She was a member of the Young Rider dressage team in 1977 and in 1978 and Junior Dressage Champion in 1978.

At 16 she went to work for Ernst Bachinger at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, where she spent 6 months working for lessons.

Jo at Catherston Stud

Mockbeggar Zorba

On returning to the UK, Jo went to work for Jennie Loriston Clarke at the Catherston Stud as assistant secretary-which actually meant that she did everything from milk the cow to making sandwiches for the lorry, but it did give her the opportunity to ride all sorts of different horses.

It was during this time that Jo competed in horse trials, taking a horse called Mockbeggar Zorba up to Intermediate level. She also rode Fleetwater Opposition as a 4 and 5 year old in dressage and show jumping for owner, Louise King. He went on to become one of the top sport horse stallions, siring many well known competition horses.

After Catherston, Jo went to work for Iris Kellet who trained such show jumping legends as Eddie Macken, Paul Darragh and Jack Doyle. There Jo spent 6 months riding young horses and instructing-which was really good and provided fantastic experience-before going on to keep horses with international show jumper, Pat Thorne, nee Pharazyn, where Jo produced horses for and with Pat.

Jo at Broadstone

Broadstone Desdemona

After a lull in her career when marriage and baby Holly took Jo away from the competitive scene, she was offered a job at the Broadstone Stud, managing their PR and riding a part bred arab called Daytona.

This became a permanent position and Jo worked with dressage horses, including Dixie Le Mans who she trained to advanced level, and show horses, under John Rose. When he left, Jo took over as joint manager.

Jo produced many good young horses, but among those who stand out were Broadstone Dee who won the Winston Churchill Cup at the Royal International Horse Show and was Champion Riding Horse at HOYS.

Broadstone West Country

Jo trained the advanced dressage stallion, Broadstone West Country, to achieve notable success at the Medium Elite National Dressage Championships, coming 6th in the Elementary National Championships, 12th in the Medium National Championship and 3rd in the Advanced Medium National Championship.

Other stallions trained by Jo included Stanhopes Diddicoy and Broadstone Chicago.

These golden days were interrupted when the Broadstone Stud was disbanded and in 2003 Jo set up her own competition yard.

Jo, age 10, riding Greenacres Masquerade