Old Boy update – Myles Cooper (Aldridge, 2005-2017)
Since leaving NSB in 2017, Myles has continued his competitive horse riding, whilst studying for a degree in Business and Management at Durham University. Find out more about what Myles has been up to.
I’m currently in my fourth and final year at Durham University studying Business and Management.
Following on from leaving NSB in 2017, I have continued my horse riding competitively at a national level, alongside my studies at Durham University and a year in industry with the Park Plaza Hotels Europe Group in London. Every year since leaving I have continued to qualify for both the Horse of the Year Show at the NEC in Birmingham and the Royal International Horse Show, not finishing outside the top 10. Moving into the senior categories at these competitions is a fantastic achievement, as I now compete directly with competitors who do this as their professional job. I have also continued to ride on the North East team every year and have maintained my sponsorship with TopSpec as one of their sponsored riders.
In 2019, the last Horse of the Year show pre-Covid, I placed 2nd nationally out of the 25 competitors who made it to the final. This is despite missing 8 weeks at the beginning of the season due to injury, having dislocated and fractured my elbow from a fall, requiring surgery to pin it back in place. This injury resulted in the longest time since starting competing, when I was 5, that I have been on the sidelines due to injury.
Since leaving NSB, I have gained my HGV driving license in order to assist with the logistics around the transport of the horses to competitions. More recently, I have been actively involved in the COVID committee for the North East when planning competitions, using many skills acquired from completing my BTEC in Sport at NSB. Looking to the future, with the majority of competitions being cancelled in 2020, 2021 sees a full new team of horses for myself with the hope of again qualifying to compete at the Royal International Horse Show and Horse of the Year Show, Covid restrictions permitting.