Introducing Dulcie

Dulcie first started working at North Farm Stud as an apprentice at the age of 16, doing her level 3 as Senior Groom in Horse Care with HEROS and KEITS.

She started riding at a young age, first at a riding school and then when she got her first pony “Mouse” at the age of 7.  She joined the Craven Pony Club and has enjoyed many fun years since doing rallies and learning more about horse care and riding and has to date secured her B test and is still working towards her A test.  Dulcie progressed onto bigger ponies doing cross country, dressage, show jumping and pony racing on her 14.2hh called Savvy, who she won with at Lingfield in October 2017 and was 2nd at Cheltenham in the same year. Savvy won at all disciplines with her and attended PC camp for many years. 

Dulcie passed her Level 3 Apprenticeship with Distinction and became a finalist in the Annual Apprenticeship Awards 2021. Currently, she has got through to the final 3 of the Stud Staff section of the prestigious Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards 2021, the finals of which is on Racing TV in February 2022.

Dulcie is now a full-time member of staff at North Farm Stud and is Pupil Assistant to Grace Muir, Stud Manager and CEO of HEROS Charity.  She helps to oversee both the commercial horses at North Farm Stud and the HEROS horses who are either there for rehabilitation or re-homing and also helps with their education students. She is starting her Coaching UK Level 2 in 2022 and is already teaching at Pony Club and also some of the liveries at North Farm Stud.

Dulcie’s real passion is for show jumping and she has a couple of youngsters that she is bringing on who have considerable potential for the future. Her first show jumper was Grade A, Hello Boyo, who she qualified and rode at the Scope Championships two year’s running. Although retired from show jumping he is enjoying his retirement at North Farm Stud.

Dulcie has ridden Shipping Forecast throughout his rehabilitation and has done all his flatwork and has jumped him over poles. Shipping Forecast is a flamboyant character who enjoys learning new things and is already doing a flying change. Dulcie has been developing his dressage skills and has already taken him to several competitions and the aim is to qualify him for The 2022 RoR Dressage Championships at Aintree in August 2022.

To qualify, he must attain 2 separate marks of 64% or above for the Preliminary Dressage and 63% for the Novice.  He has already got 1 of each under his belt and once he has 2 he will be qualified for the Regionals in May 2022.  At the Regionals he will need to attain a percentage of 66% for Prelim and 65% for Novice to qualify for the National Championships at Aintree in August 2022.

Sadly Shipping injured himself in December 2021 when playing over a gate and getting his right fore stuck and causing haemorrhaging around the tendon sheath.  It is now back to normal but he is very fresh at the moment and starting back in work in readiness for his RoR dressage campaign.  Hopefully, when he gets back out in the field in the Spring it will help get a bit of sense back into proceedings.