Team Joynson: Karen and April Joynson

Horses for 2016

  • Bryntegllwynau Rocky Robin- 14.3hh, 8 years old, Welsh part bred, gelding. (Elementary/ FEI pony.)
  • Rooks Champers- 6 years old, German Reit pony, 15.3hh mare. (Young horse classes/ Prelim/ Novice)
  • Rooks Corker- 14.2hh, German Reit pony, stallion ( Novice/ Elementary level)
  • Elegance- 16hh, Warmblood mare, 18 years old. (Advanced medium/ FEI Horse.)

Best 2015 Results

  • April came 2nd in the Sheepgate U25’s National Championships semi-final out of 72 top riders and 3rd in the finals.
  • Karen Qualified for Area Festivals and Regional Championships in Dressage & Showing
  • Watching April & Robin develop into superstars in so many different disciplines and being selected to ride in county teams in British Dressage, British Showjumping, Riding Club, Pony club and School teams & qualifying for countless championships

2016 Goals

  • Karen is working on the selection process for BD inter-county, inter-regional and Home International England Teams
  • April wishes to successfully participate at the home- international,  FEI pony and horse tests and in championships she has qualified for this year.
  • Aiming for Regional championships in Prelim/Novice & Area Festivals
  • Qualify for Equifest, BSPS, CHAPS championship shows

Top Tips

  • Never Give Up – even when things seem to go wrong, you must believe “things happen for a reason” and normally lead to bigger and  better things
  • Live Every day like it’s your last
  • If you put the work in, anything is possible

Personal Highpoints

  • Watching April and Robin’s progress and feeling proud of their amazing achievements in so many different disciplines
  • April’s highlight was being selected for the home-international BYRDS England squad, being one of the youngest riders & the only rider selected with two horses. She also won the Badminton training bursary in 2014 for the ‘rider showing the greatest potential.’


Memorable Horses

  • Karen has so many ‘Special Horses’, but Bertie-Boo (Secret Avalanche), who they sadly lost last year, was a really special horse who helped so many riders achieve their dreams
  • April’s first pony Popcorn, a palomino 11.2hh Welsh Section B mare who taught her to love dressage, but also her current pony Rocky Robin, who taught her that you don’t have to have a expensive flashy pony to succeed- if you put the work and dedication in dreams really can come true.


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April Joynson October Update

April has been in touch to let us know how she is getting on with her pony Robin this last month… ‘On the 2nd October Robin and I went to the riding club dressage to music national championships, we became reserve champions in the novice freestyle with 74+%. The weekend after that mum and I went to the regional MyQuest and Team Quest Championships, where Robin and I became Reserve MyQuest Elementary Champions, and we then went on to become Team Quest Regional Champions, qualifying us for the Nationals! On the 15th October I went and passed the riding section of my Pony Club B Test, and on the Sunday of that weekend we went away for a 3 day U21s dressage camp where I completed my first ever JFEI (Am92) test getting a score of 66%. I also got two personal best scores with Robin participating in the Elementary classes – getting two scores of above 70%, winning both classes as a result. This weekend we went away to the MyQuest and Team Quest National Finals. Robin and I became National Reserve Elementary Champions with a score of 68%, and I then went onto winning my open Elementary section with a score of 69%, helping the Team Quest team come 3rd in the finals.’ It sounds like April has had a brilliant month and this pair look set for big things – keep an eye out for further results from them over the winter at... read more

An exciting August for Team Joynson

It has been a busy month for Karen and April Joynson and they have been in touch to tell us about their successes throughout July and August and what is to come this September… Karen tells us, ‘July was full on with the British Dressage BYRDS Inter-Regionals and then waiting for them to hear if they were selected for the England team was nail biting! In the meantime, April also took part in the Badminton Dressage Championships and finished with fab results, and to top it off we then found out April and Robin were selected to ride on the team, with her taking Elegance as a reserve! April and both horses were chosen to ride at the Under 25’s Sheepgate BYRDS Team Championships at both Novice and Elementary level and they also took part in the Novice National Under 25’s Championships, where out of 90 riders, April came 5th & went through to the finals.’ Aside from dressage, April and Robin took part in the National Riding Club Style Show Jumping Championships which were held at Hartpury College, where they came Individual 5th 2nd with the team. Also, their stallion, Rooks Corker, also went to his first show and behaved impeccably, coming home with two second place rosettes. The month ahead brings plenty of excitement for Team Joynson, with April and Ellie competing together at in Novice and Elementary Classes at the PetPlan Equine Area Festivals, and also Robin will be entered into the Riding Club National Dressage to Music Championships, having qualified in Novice and Elementary. Also, after qualifying both Robin and Jim for the Elementary BYRDS... read more

BYRDS Selection for April!

It has been announced that April Joynson has been selected to ride on the BYRDS England Squad with her horse Robin and also as a reserve with Ellie! As well as having two BD England team riders, Team Joynson has several pupils being selected for the teams too – what a great job they are doing! For more updates, visit and visit Karen’s website... read more

Karen at British Dressage

“This past month has been a whirlwind. I was selected as a reserve rider for the England team but sadly Lloyd has not been going so well, resulting in an unfortunate months’ box rest. April on the other hand has had an amazing time. Her new young horse Champers is coming along nicely. Robin and April are now part of the Pegusus Pink Ponies Team Quest team & have won their last three competitions. The team is now qualified for the regional championships this weekend. We were then away at the British Dressage U25’s national championships in Lincolnshire. In their first class of 75 they were 4th, in the second class of 50 they were 6th, in the prelim semi-final out of 118 riders they were 2nd and in the National Prelim Final they were in the lead until the last two riders, but came 3rd. I was so proud of both of them, to have done so well, competing against top England & Great Britain Team riders & some very expensive horses. I competed my other horse Jim at a recent BD competition and he did me proud coming 2nd, only being beaten by April &... read more

July Update from Karen

“Well this month’s update and what a totally manic month it’s been.  Lloyd and I managed to get out to do a Novice & Elementary and start working towards are regional qualification. He has had to go on the back burner as April & Robin have been so busy competing.  April & Robin did a ridden showing show where they won two 1st’s & two 2nd’s qualifying for the SWPA championships in September. They then competed at the Badminton Dressage Championships for the pony club where they won. In the evening April & Robin performed at the invitation only gala evening national BYRDS finals where they came 3rd. Yesterday April & Robin went to their first BD regional’s where they came 9th. Sadly a costly spook in the free walk with a pony eating bush. We have been busy at the new yard with holiday schooling livery and over August we have the Sheepgate under 25’s dressage championships & various showing shows.  We have also a new member of the team ‘Rooks Champers’ 15.2hh 5yrs chestnut mare TB x German rheit pony & April has been offered the ride on my friends advanced dressage horse aiming for FEI teams next year so all very exciting.”... read more

An update from the busy Team Joynson!

“It’s been busy here for Team Joynson.  April and Robin have been selected by British Show Jumping to ride for Gloucestershire Junior Academy.  They competed at the Royal Bath & West show where her team came 4th.  Then to top it off British Dressage have selected April to represent the South West Region at the BYRDS championships at Keysoe at the end of June. They have also been asked to ride at the National U25 Dressage Championships & qualified for both the regionals and area festivals. This weekend we will be away at the Three Counties show where they will be doing the working hunters HOYS qualifier.  Lloydy and I have had to go in the back burner whilst my mum isn’t well. Lloyd has qualified for the Petplan Area festivals at Novice and Elementary and I stupidly miscalculated my regional qualification by 1 point! Sadly BD take such a long time to put up your results it was too late to fit in another show with the cut-off date.  We have been improving Lloyd’s working in the double-bridle which has helped with his... read more

Updates and exciting news for Karen

Lloydy has been working – enjoying some lovely hacks, training and a couple of competitions. We also attended the British Dressage Inter-County team trials and will be riding at elementary in May.  April & Robin continue to go from strength to strength, firstly in the Riding Club area intermediate dressage team where she won both classes and her team came first. They qualified for the championships in May both individually & as a team. Sadly she won’t be able to go, as the date clashes with the BD inter-county competition.  They attended a BYRDS Squadding day and hopefully will be selected to ride for the South West region at Keysoe. They also attended an arena eventing training.  Some exciting news for Team Joynson, we will be moving to a new yard on 1st April with fantastic facilities.  It has an indoor & outdoor arena and even heat lights & hot shower!  The coming month will be very hectic with packing and lots of... read more