Helen is a professional equestrian rider and trainer based in Taupo, New Zealand.
Having lived and competed over most of Europe and the US, she now resides in New Zealand with her husband, New Zealand International Showjumper, Duncan McFarlane.
Helen has competed in Nations Cups and won her first horse Grand Prix in Ireland whilst riding for Irish Legend Eddie Macken. On her travels around Europe she was a leading rider
in shows in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and several in Austria.
After many successes in Europe for Lassergut Farms, Helen accompanied the entire farm (40+horses) to Florida. Here she qualified and competed at the American Invitational in Tampa, and was hugely successful in Wellington Fl., with the young Lassergut Team. After a few years travelling between Florida and Austria, she had a time in Brewster, New York with Mclain Ward’s Castle Hill Stud. After this Helen made her home in California.
With the Beverley Hills Equestrian Partners, she had numerous wins from Grand Prix to Young Horse classes, whilst also running the sales side of the operation and training the 3 Saperstein children. This led to working with Apollo Farms John Endicott. Here she helped manage and run a multi-million dollar sales operation, whilst continuing to compete at a top level in California.
2009 saw Helen go it alone. With numerous World Cup top placings, Grand Prix wins, sales and young horse training, Helen partnered with Duncan McFarlane. Together they ran a 30 horse barn. They were both placed in the inaugural Million Dollar Class at HITS Saugerties, New York, the following year Duncan was 2nd in this class with Mr Whoopy. Helen competes Mr Whoopy's first son, the very promising young stallion Double Whoopy in New Zealand.
In 2013 Helen and Duncan were married and in 2014 made New Zealand their home. Since moving to New Zealand Helen has continued competing at a top level.
Some of Helen's successes include:
Helen is a huge advocate for Anti Bullying as well as safety and welfare. Having broken her back twice in the past, she knows the importance of correct, safe riding equipment. Helen and her husband were the first top showjumping riders in New Zealand to wear and advocate the use of air vests whilst riding and they continue to try to get others aware of the positives of doing so.
They both believe air vests should be, and soon will be, mandatory.