11th January 2021
Welcome back to our new feature of highlighting the success of some our young people; Stepney Stars.
The next to feature in our series of Stepney Stars is Adam Short. Adam works for William Fox Pitt. William is a world class international eventer, competing at events all around Britain and around the world. Adam is lucky enough to travel with him, grooming at events and helping ride his horses. I’ll let Adam tell you a bit about his journey to where he is now.
I started riding at Stepney when I was 3 years old!! I came for weekly riding lessons and then became more involved with the Funky Fools club when I was 8. I stuck around and I started volunteering properly when I was 12, spending every evening, school holiday and any other spare time at Stepney!
Stepney helped me gain so many life skills, and being able to interact with so many different people has given me the communication skills I now use daily! Not only basic horse knowledge but I learned so much about organisation, time management and how to work in a team.
When I left Stepney I started a biochemistry degree at Newcastle university but after a year I decided to move down south and I started a grooming job with William Fox Pitt. I have worked here for 3 years now and have travelled to so many amazing events all over the world as well as having the opportunity to event horses myself.
I love the equestrian industry because of the people in it. I have met so many amazing people and love how humble everyone is. My favourite part of the job is seeing my horses perform at their best at the biggest events like Badminton and Burghley!
Working for someone so high profile has been amazing, I have gained so much knowledge and experience that has put me in such a good place for whatever I chose to do in the future! It has also meant I have been able to meet and befriend the worlds’ top Eventing athletes, many of which I have looked up to since I was very young.
The next 12 months are looking very exciting as 2021 is now an Olympic year and I would love to be a part of the team that heads out to Tokyo. There are also so many amazing events all around Europe that I look forward to every year!
If I could give my 10-year-old self any advice it would be to be brave and take risks. I took the biggest risk leaving uni but it really worked out for me and I have absolute loved being part of the professional equine industry which started with my time at Stepney.
Thank you, Adam, for your insight into your journey of hard work, commitment and your love of horses. It’s so lovely to see you when you come back and visit us at Stepney. We wish you lots of continued success with your career!