Originally from a background of Eventing, Show horses and Jumpers, Francesca has made her mark in the world of Western Riding.
With multiple AQHA European Champion titles, Francesca has placed or been in the Top Ten in almost every major Reining event, worldwide. Becoming the first European lady rider to break the $100,000 earnings barrier, Francesca is now nearing the next level of $200,000. She has represented Great Britain at virtually every team event since 2000, where she demonstrated Reining at the Rome WEG. Notable achievements include 3rd Place a the AQHA World Championships, Individual Finalist at the 2006 WEG, placing 11th, 4th place in the Individual at the FEI European Championships 2008, and 4th at the FEI World Masters in Oklahoma City 2009. This year has started well for Francesca with top ten finishes at the European Futurity and making the finals at the NRBC in Houston, Texas. Francesca lives in Kent with her husband Doug Allen and children Tabitha and George, who she notes as her greatest achievements to date.
Doug was born in Springer, New Mexico, raised in Scott City, Kansas, and now lives in Sandhurst, Kent.
A professional horse trainer for the last 35 years, Doug started his career training Western Pleasure and Roping horses with his father, the renowned World Champion Billy Allen.
In 1989 he moved to Bodiam, East Sussex and became the trainer at Sterling Quarter Horses. Over the next ten years he trained and showed well over 100 European Champions for himself and for his amateur customers, in every discipline offered.
In 1999 he began to specialise in reining exclusively. He has been a member of the British Team at the first two World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain and Aachen, Germany. He was on the national team at the 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 FEI European Championships, and was on the Bronze medal winning team at the 2009 European Championships in Kreuth, Germany. He has represented Great Britain at five World Reining Masters. In 2008 and 2009 he was European Champion at the AQHA European Championships in Kreuth, Germany.
Doug is also an accredited NRHA judge.
He is married to Francesca Sternberg and the have 2 children, Tabitha and George who also both compete.