Sasha is a 24 year old show jumper based in Marden, Kent. After spending a few years on the eventing circuit and competing up to CCI3*L , Sasha made the move to show jumping full time. (Sasha adds that it's probably a good thing because her 3* horse got a 73.5 dressage in her test before going Double Clear!!)
Being part of 'Step up To Gold' 2018 with the BSJA, jumping up to 1.40 internationally, and gaining top 10 placings on her very special (and naughty!) mare called Quality Dreams (aka Ruby) were some of her biggest achievements having produced her from a very nappy and unhappy 4yr old! Ruby unfortunately died very unexpectedly at only 10 years old, but Sasha always says she owes her whole career to her.
Since then she has had the ride on Godies a 9yr old mare – Owned by Alex Clover – she also had a very difficult start in life and couldn’t be backed until she was nearly 6yrs old but is now jumping consistently 1.30/1.40 and Sasha hopes to aim her for the world ranking small Grand Prix at CSI2* for the future since Covid-19 put a spanner in the worlks for Olympia U25’s! Sasha also has the ride on another 4yr old mare owned by Alex.
Alongside Godies, Sasha also has 6yr old Indio W (owned by herself) who has a very promising future.
Sasha works as a freelance rider alongside campaigning these horses. She also takes horses in for schooling and sales livery. Visit www.sashaerander.co.uk for more information.
“I am very passionate in giving competition horse’s time and patience and getting the best out of them for their future career. All my horses go out in the field every day and do a variety of different work. I am very lucky to have regular lessons with Liz West – an Inter 1 dressage judge. She really is key to getting the horses to use themselves correctly, it is unbelievable how much it helps their jumping. It has made all my horses as they often come to me very bad on the flat, and I truly believe it is what sets them apart from the rest.”
Sasha has been very fortunate to have some amazing training opportunities with Shane Breen at Hickstead, and spending a few months in the USA with Bruce Davidson.
“Something you may not know about me – I have a 2:1 degree in digital media and I used to have an full time office role and balance show jumping so I could afford to do it however I decided to take the plunge and do horses full time very shortly after starting.
Being supported by Emily with Equusphoto is such an amazing experience – not only does she take amazing photos, she is the loveliest person ever and supports me in everything – she helped me design a website and logo – something I could never do on my own and was there for me when times were rough she still didn’t drop me or lose interest- thank you Emily! “