Ann Dicker

Anne Dicker, nee Loriston-Clarke, was born in the New Forest and grew up at the Catherston Stud with her parents, Jennie and Anthony and sister Lizzie, now Murray. In the 1990’s Catherston moved from Brockenhurst to Hurstbourne Priors where the Manor Farm site was transformed from a dairy farm into an Equestrian Centre and stud.   Catherston Stud down sized in 2001 and moved near by to Over Wallop, Anne and her husband Brian remained to run the Equestrian centre on behalf of the new owners and over 9 years built it up to be a thriving livery yard and training centre.

Anne has successfully competed Internationally on Catherston Dutch Bid, Wellingtonia and White Christmas. In 1983, completed and placed in the Junior European 3DE team in Rome and was on the Young Riders European Dressage team in Munich. In 1986 Anne was on the Young Riders European team achieving team silver and was 6th individually in Kronberg, and in the team again in 1987 in Cervia. Anne was also the under 21 National Champion in 1982 and 1983. She was a successful showing rider in Show Ponies, Working Hunter Ponies as well as Natives and Side Saddle. Anne was apprentice to Frank and Cynthia Haydon with the famous Hurstwood Hackney horses and ponies, driving single, pair, tandem and the team.

Anne retired from riding following a serious car accident in 1987. Further to a long spell in hospital Anne was offered a job in London as Showing Secretary to the Royal International Horse Show, Horse of the Year Show and the Olympia International Show jumping Championships. Anne progressed to Show Secretary of the Horse of the Year Show, which she retired from after the 1993 show. Anne then returned to her family business with knowledge and experience she had gained to assist her mother, Jennie Loriston-Clarke with the running of Catherston Stud and Stud Farm, with the organisation and running of shows, teaching the staff and students and assisting with Stud work.

Anne started competing again in 2005 with her homebred horse jointly owned with Candy Burnyeat, Edgehill Drumroll who qualified for the Preliminary Regional Finals, the Novice Restricted Regionals and the Finals where they were 11th in 2006. Both horse and rider then had a rest while Anne underwent orthopaedic surgery. In September 2007 Anne had a further accident and shattered her leg again!

Now recovered, Anne has once again returned home, this time to allow her parents to enjoy a slower pace of life and has taken on  the responsibility of managing Catherston Stud, and offereing teaching from Preliminary to Advanced in all disciplines for all ages.  Anne schools and competes horses for clients as well as her own.