That wish became a reality when she bought her home, Hill Farm, in Buckinghamshire. Today, Tess competes for Great Britain at prestigious CSI2* events with her trusty partners, E. Harley, Atlantis PP Z, and Unique. SUCCEED plays a key role in keeping her horses happy and healthy throughout competition season.
Early Years in the Saddle
Tess was persistent about getting into the saddle, despite growing up in a household with “non-horsey” parents. She started riding at a young age and schooled in multiple disciplines —including dressage, eventing and showjumping—but it was jumping that won her heart.
Making Her Dreams a Reality
As a young adult, Tess never outgrew her love of horses. She completed a degree in Business Management and started working at a banking headquarters in London, but continued to ride and compete on the weekends. After keeping this schedule for some time, riding twice a week just wasn’t enough to satisfy her love for horses.
Tess realized she could no longer sideline her passion. She wanted to see horses outside her window every day and have her own farm to call home.
Once the thought blossomed, Tess couldn’t deviate from the dream. When the right stable to purchase came along, Tess presented a strategic business plan to her parents and persuaded them to invest. They agreed, with one pending condition.
“My parents made a deal: two and a half more years at the bank and then I could leave to run the yard full-time,” Tess shared. “I left two and a half years to the day. I wasn’t wasting any time starting my dream!”
Life on the Farm and Road
Most of her horses were bought as youngsters, and she also has one homebred in the string that she has brought along from day one.
Tess and her team of showjumpers tour all over Europe, competing at international shows and CSI2* classes on the Longines Global Champions Tour. Her competition stops include major cities all across Europe: Rome, London, Paris, Monaco and Vienna, to name a few.
With 18 wins to her name, Tess continually guides her horses to success. In 2017, she won the Royal Windsor Amateur Grand Prix, a particularly special moment shared with friends and family at her home show. Tess has also enjoyed a much-deserved win at Monaco in the 2018 season on the Longines Global Champions Tour as well as two second places in Madrid.
Introducing SUCCEED to Her Horses
Life on the road is rewarding for Tess, but it has its challenges. Competition horses face a demanding schedule that’s very different from their natural way of life, which is why Tess prioritizes time out of the stable and moving around regularly.
“My vet recommended that I try SUCCEED to help with my horse’s digestion. It made a big difference right away,” Tess says. “I realized that SUCCEED could help my other competition horses, as well.”
With the introduction of SUCCEED into her feeding program, Tess sees visible differences in all of her horses.
Atlantis is significantly more comfortable and happier to be ridden, with his digestive health in check, while Unique and E. Harley maintain their conditioning throughout the entire competition season.
Why Tess Recommends SUCCEED
Results speak volumes. Since Tess started all of her competition horses on SUCCEED, she’s seen noticeable differences in her horses’ overall digestive health, conditioning and happiness.
What’s Next for Tess
Keep a lookout for Tess Carmichael on the show jumping circuit. Tess is determined to build upon her current successes and rank up in future competitions.
“I genuinely love spending time with my horses and want to become the best horsewoman possible; someone who understands these incredible animals and builds lasting partnerships with them.”
You can follow Tess and her horses on SUCCEED Equine and Facebook.
Have you found Tess’ story compelling and want to consider trying SUCCEED with your horses? Talk to your veterinarian today. SUCCEED is available through vets and at retail in the U.S. and Canada, and through vets in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil.