PIAFFE PRESENTS - LOUISE BELL AND INTO THE BLUE
Louise Bell could have been an athlete or followed her father’s footsteps in the film industry. Instead she decided from an early age that horses would play a major role in her life.
Despite surviving a horrific road accident in 2002, breaking her leg in multiple places, Louise is one of the most successful lady riders to grace the world of working hunter competitions. She is married to former show jumper, Robert Bell, and the Warwickshire based partnership has gained an enviable reputation in producing top class working hunter and show hunter horses.
When Louise and Robert survived their horrific horse box crash in 2002, Louise was told by doctors that she may never ride again. Airlifted to hospital, Louise spent months with a metal case in her leg that went from thigh to ankle. Incredibly, that same year, she went on to qualify eight horses from her yard for Horse of the Year Show taking the Working Hunter Champion Horse of the Year title with Out of Sight, owned by Mrs Sarah Gallagher.
In 2005, Louise was thrilled to take Reserve Supreme Show Hunter Champion of the Year, riding her home bred 'Rock Star' at Horse of the Year Show and in 2008 she won the honours of the Supreme Working Hunter of the Year riding Out of Sight. Other titles include winning the Supreme Working Hunter Champion title at the Royal International Horse Show on no fewer than fifteen occasions on Into The Blue, W Get Smart, Out of Sight, Rock Star, Crest Cavalier, Cruise Control, Special Effect, and her beloved Rocky IV.
Throughout her career, Louise has also won the Supreme Working Hunter Champion title on twelve occasions at The Royal Windsor Horse Show on Out of Sight, Cruise Control, Man on Fire and Get Smart, Into the Blue and been National Working Hunter Supreme Champion eight times.
A new chapter was about to come around in the form of a career change to the sport of Dressage. Happy times lay ahead and Louise’s top dressage horses today include W Get Smart, Into the Blue, Zack ki Rosenlund and home bred Skyfall (working hunter) all of whom are in tremendous form. With her international dressage career now firmly in place, Louise is very excited for the future. Here she demonstrates a working session with her working hunter champion turned dressage rising star, Into the Blue during the Spencer Wilton Masterclass held in November 2016.