Sian Edwards (Nee Price) was born in Cardiff in 1982 and brought up on a farm near Merthyr Tydfil. She started riding her first pony, Silver, at the age of two! Living on a farm ensured that Sian was always surrounded by animals, sheep and pet lambs, cattle and of course horses and ponies.
After a spell in Pony Club and unaffiliated show jumping on ponies such as Beauty, a bay Welsh section C, Sian started competing seriously from the age of fourteen, her parents bought her the aptly named The Katapult! With this pony Sian represented Wales several times in home pony internationals and qualified for the pony newcomers and foxhunter finals at the Horse of the Year Show in 1997.
After competing with much success Sian progressed to horses at sixteen, she bought Rambo III, a four year old bay warmblooded gelding, bred by Gillian Davies and by It’s the Business.
To gain further experience with
horses Sian initially leased and then ended up buying an older Grade A
‘schoolmaster’ from Gillian - Beachcombe Eddy. Together they won the
under twenty one Welcome Stakes at the Horse of the Year Show in 1999
and qualified for the Rexton speed and power class in 2003.
With Rambo III Sian represented Great Britain at under twenty one level, winning a Nations Cup gold medal at Wales and the West show ground in 2002.
Sian was educated in Heolgerrig and Cyfarthfa Secondary schools in Merthyr. She represented the school and county at hockey, athletics and netball and represented Wales at age-group level in cross country.
After completing three A levels Sian gained an honours degree in Biomedical Science and Sport at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff.
After university and a short period working in the recruitment industry Sian decided to concentrate on show jumping full time and has been a professional since 2005.
Sian’s greatest supporters were always her parents, both of whom shared her passion for horses and were full of encouragement and advice, as well as providing the horses and ponies! Tragically Sian lost her mother, Pam, when she was twenty one. The only positives to come out of this terrible loss were an independence and self reliance, and Sian still strives to behave in a way that would make her mother proud.
Sian’s father, Philip, a fencing contractor and farmer, has continued his support and is owner or part-owner of several of her current string of horses and enjoys trips around the country watching Sian compete especially at county shows.
In 2012 Sian married long-term boyfriend John Edwards, an equine vet from Cotts Equine Hospital in Narberth. They purchased Long Acre Farm in Coity, Bridgend in late 2012 with a view to developing the equestrian facilities and providing a base for Sian’s business.