Soon after the year with Domini and Charlie, Brugs had the good fortune to experience two events which, together, brought about a huge change in her life.
The first was her parents’ purchase of Cockley Cley Weatherman (Spotty ), who quickly became the love of her young life and with whom she immediately established a wonderful relationship.
The second was her meeting with Franc Rochowansky ( Rocky), an Oberberieter from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, who originally came to the UK to train Jennie Loriston Clarke Kadett & Dutch Courage, but stayed on to work with Sarah Whitmore and Dutchman, and then Olympian Vicky Thompson and Enfant.
As a result of these, at 17yrs old, Brugs started weekly lessons under Rocky. These weekly lessons quickly became daily sessions and eventually led to Brugs working full time for Vicky & Rocky at Sedgewick Park in West Sussex. At this time, Spotty stayed at Sedgewick as a weekly boarder, returning home with Brugs each weekend to act as escort horse for her parents Riding School.