Samantha began riding at the age of 7 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. She received her basic hunt seat training from Yolanda Blommers and her dressage training from Patricia Deptford. Samantha moved through the hunter and equitation ranking, and on to Junior Jumper in 1992. She won the prestigious SPRUCE MEADOWS Junior Of The Year Award in 1993 aged 14; and repeated the feat in 1995. Samantha also made her debut in Grand Prix Jumping at the 1994 Garden State Horse Show, New Jersey, at the age of 14. In 1996 she was placed 3rd in the prestigious Budweiser's Invitational in Tampa, Florida.
During the summer of 1996, Samantha participated in the 1996 Canadian Olympic trials for the Games in Atlanta. She was placed 6th overall and was 1st Reserve. In 1997, she competed in the VOLVO World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden as a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team. She is the youngest woman to have competed in the history of the World Cup Finals.
Samantha relocated to Germany in 1998 and worked for the Holsteiner Verband and Stall Hell as a jumping rider, developing and promoting stallions such as ACOBAT, ACORADO, ACADIUS, and QUEBEC. During her tenure at Gestut Kriseby from 2000 to 2003, she took the Holsteiner mare "GK HELENA" from a green jumper up to international level. At the Hamburg Derby 2001, teamed with the stallion GK LERANO, she was placed 10th in a grueling competition.
In 2004 Samantha started riding for Stall Gunnar Schlosser in Gronau, Germany. She managed a sales and training stable as well as training and campaigning horses of all ages and levels. She competed extensively in major national and international competitions including Riga, Kiev, Moscow, and Arezzo. Samantha had 3 grooms under her supervision and oversaw the training and competition schedule, as well as the welfare of between 28 and 40 horses.
In 2005, Samantha received her "GOLD KARTE" jumping rider Award from the German Equestrian Federation, which is awarded to jumper riders who have won over 10 S classes.
Samantha was classically trained by the two world-renowned "Masters"; combining the grace and elegance of the American hunt seat from Mr. George Morris, and the bold effectiveness of Mr. Nelson Pessoa. Samantha has the gift of soft sympathetic hands and all the horses she trains are soft and easy to ride.
In 2006 at the invitation of Mr. Nelson Pessoa, Samantha relocated to Brussels, Belgium. She is assisting Mr. Pessoa with riding and training, as well as coaching some of his students.
Currently Samantha's goal is to continue competing as an international show jumping rider. Samantha competes regularly across Europe, developing and riding horses at all levels of competition. She qualified and represented Hong Kong with Jockey Club Tresor at the 2008 Beijing Olympics » Play Video » . In 2009, she was a vital member of the Bronze Medal winning team at the 11th National Games in Jinan, China, riding a clear round for the team. She was also awarded the Sportsmanship award; voted by her fellow competitors and officials.
In 2010, Samantha represented Hong Kong at the Asian Games in Gaungzhou, China, where she was again a part of the Bronze Medal winning team. It was the first medal Hong Kong had ever won a in equestrian sports at The Asian Games. She is the only Chinese rider who has over 20 years of international and European experience and regularly competes in 1.5/1.6 meter classes.
Change was in the cards for 2012; Samantha and her long time partner, Chris de La Vallée Poussin, found the time to exchange wedding vows in an intimate ceremony attended by friends and family. In December, they welcomed the arrival of their son Daniel. Samantha was 'back in the tack' in 2013 and was selected to once again represent her country at the 12th National Games.
Samantha's current goal in 2014 is to be selected once again to represent Team Hong Kong at the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon, Korea. Her Grand Prix mount is JC Crunship, and Adonis is looking like he will make a move into the bigger classes this year to join Crunship.
- 3rd in the 1996 American Invitational in Tampa, Florida
- 6th overall in the 1996 Canadian Olympic trials for Barcelona
- Youngest woman to have competed in the World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1997
- 10th in 2001 Hamburg Derby
- Presented with a "GOLD KARTE" jumping rider award by the German Equestrian Federation in 2005
- Qualified both Jockey Club Tresor and Coco for the 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong
- Member of the Hong Kong 2008 Olympic Show Jumping Team
- Competing in Europe at 1.5/1.6 meter level.
- Member of the bronze medal Hong Kong show jumping team, All China Games, Jinan, China, 2009. Winner of the Sportmanship Award.
- Member of the bronze medal Hong Kong show jumping team, Asian Games, Guangzhou, China, 2010.