Alison Bartle (Pocklington) has ridden and owned ponies from the age of eight. Her career with horses began in1987 at the Yorkshire Riding Centre, where she gained her BHS Instructor Stable Manager’s Certificate. Alison went on to groom internationally and was awarded the Horse and Hound Groom of the Year award in 2000. Following on from this success, her first book The Essential Guide to Professional Horse Care and Grooming was published in 2004. Having successfully evented and ridden in point to points, Alison is now an instructor at the Yorkshire Riding School and trains a wide range of clients for eventing, show jumping, dressage and hunting. She is married to Olympic and international rider Christopher Bartle and has two children.