The youngest of four daughters to David and Milly Slater, Emma started riding at the age of 6 in ponyclub and was soon winning! Moving onto horses she had success as a young rider both on Home International Teams and being placed at Olympia Horse Show u21 Championship. From there Emma trained in America with Ian Silitch and Germany With Dolf Keller learning a lot from both & establishing her philosophy towards successfully training showjumpers with a strong foundation of flatwork.
Emma returned to the UK and produced a team of horses to International level including Dun Riddle and Ruxton Spot On among others who helped her reach the top 20 on the GB Riders ranking list. By coming 2nd to Tinka’s Boy in the Olympic Star Spotters Final Emma was picked for her Nations Cup debut.
After Ireland CSi5* Millstreet where she competed in the World Cup Qualifier she went to Europe to further her skills and knowledge as a rider and coach. Working for Armin Ubelhard, Max Hauri (Switzerland) and Anders Halvorsen (Denmark) from 2000 - 2003 and competing at national and international level in Switzerland, France, Germany and Denmark while also mentoring and training young riders, regional and national riders.
Throughout her career she has continued to ride for her parents at Ruxton Stud, developing their showjumping horses, with her sister Melanie Phillips working with the dressage horses.
Show Jumping Rider
Leading Rider Wales and West 1999 Ruxton Conundrum
CSI-W Millstreet 1999 Dun Riddle
5th Puissance CSi Goes 2000 KooKoo
4th 1.50m Sunshine Tour 2000 Ruxton Spot On
1st Bicton Area Trial 2016 Art D'Usance
1st Pembroke Masters GP 2016 Art D’Usance
3rd Queen Elizabeth Cup RIHS 2016 Art D’Usance
4th Queen Elizabeth Cup RIHS 2017 Art D’Usance
2nd South of England International Stairway 2018 Art D’Usance
1st Royal 3 Counties 6 bar 2019 Ruxton Hullabalou
Qualified HOYS Talent Seekers Final 2019 Ruxton Hullabalou
8th Hartpury Spectacular GP 2019 Ruxton Hullabalou
Show Jumping Coach
BS Freelance Coach including Lead Coach for BS Area 41 & naf 5*.
BS Assessor for Equestrian Coaching Certificate Level 2
DiSE Assessor For British Showjumping and Hartpury College
Rider Representative on BS Members Council 2012 -2015
Honoured to have been selected for the National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence. A cross discipline Equestrian Programme looking at all aspects of coaching and how to coach, working to help athletes and the coach/athlete relationship. Developing riders from grassroots through to elite level.
Connect Coach Programme Sport England 2016-2017
A coach development programme aimed at Coaches delivering within the Elite Talent Pathways of their sport. Focusing on what makes a good coach.
Excel Talent Coach BS World Class Pathway 2014-2015
Coach development programme increasing technical what to coach and how to coach skills including long term athlete development, smart goals and 360 analysis