Annie set up Annie Forsyth Eventing in 2016, as a full time Event Rider, in Loxwood, West Sussex. She has competed up to BE Advanced and CCI3*S and is aiming for Badminton and Burghley. Annie is looking to increase her string of young horses and has some exciting prospects in the pipeline.
Having been riding since she was 3, Annie grew up taking part in all pony club activities representing Cowdray Hunt Pony Club both individually and in teams from 2006 to 2011. At the start of her affiliated journey in 2009 Annie finished 2nd only to her Instructor in a BE100 on her horse Domino.
In 2011, having been consistent in the qualifiers for the JRN Championships (now the Open Novice U18 Championships) Annie was expected to be one of the counting scores for the South East Team at Weston Park, however her horse Casanova, tied up at fence 7 on the cross country. She had missed Freshers week in order to compete, having just started at University, but Casanova's tying up was to become the subject of her dissertation. This dissertation incorporated the largest study into tying up in Sports Horses, and was part of what lead Annie to gain a first class honours degree, from the Royal Agricultural University Cirencester, in International Equine and Agricultural Business Management. (See Annie's blog).
During University Annie was delighted to bring Casanova back into full work and the pair went double clear to come 4th in the CCI2*S at Brightling (out of 90). Ever since that time Annie has used Isopro and other supplements from TRM. Annie is delighted to now have TRMs support.
Annie took every opportunity while growing up to work on various yards - in addition to the family’s - including spending time at William Fox-Pitt’s as a working pupil, for her work placement during University. Part of her studies took her to Kentucky, Germany and France where she studied different areas of the equine industry and experienced different management strategies.
On leaving University Annie worked for Harry Dzenis Eventing for two seasons from 2014 to 2016 where she ran the yard in Harry’s absence and schooled many of the horses.
Annie has taken her horse care knowledge first gained in Pony Club, built on it at University and continued to develop it over the years with the help of Stuart Duncan at the Liphook Equine Hospital (now retired).
Annie has had many placings throughout the years at Novice and Intermediate and has been placed 4th and 9th at CCI2*S. She bought Venette, (Pip) in 2014 and had exciting runs in CCI3*S and at Advanced, especially at Nunney and Barbury in 2017. In 2016 Annie was one of 22 riders, out of 124, to jump double clear in the time, at Osberton in the CCI2*L to finish 36th. She rose 43 places after Dressage! So yes, she has worked extremely hard on her Dressage since!
Annie says "Moving from Casanova and Justi (her sister's 15.2h) to Pip, in 2014, was like going from a Go Kart to a Ferarri! Pip is six inches taller than Cas and is a big moving 16.3h Warmblood - compared to me, 5' 4"! She is a very sensitive horse on the flat and I only really got to grips with Pip's Dressage as she was retiring from Eventing in 2019 (aged 17). Pip has now done very well at BD medium and I'm taking the experience Pip has given me, and the experience gained from my horse Sea Summer Clover, who's been tricky to bring on, onto my three lovely young horses. Billy Wayne (Will) and Billy Expectation (Bella) are starting to show consistency at Novice and 100 level and Billy McQueen (Harley) is just starting out". Now training with Jeremy Spring and Caroline Moore, Annie says "I know there's a lot more to come from all three of these horses!"