Why I love being here
For my riding, this is where I have to be, although it’s not easy at all, because I can’t have a team of my own horses. Dressage is my passion and I want to do it properly and learn. It’s not about being in the limelight and you can’t carry on like you’re the best in the world, like some people do, until you are the best in the world! Jonny is so humble and there is no nastiness allowed at his yard. I really look up to him not just as a trainer, but as a person, which I think is so important as a rider, to have something to aspire to. Johnny really loves Roy too. He’s not perfect, he’s not Valegro at all, but he’s got the coolest brain.
At the yard, we have this really strong liquorice-flavoured vodka from Finland, and if you have a bad day and ride like an idiot, everybody makes you have a shot. I remember the first time Jonny screamed at me – I had been there for a week. A couple of the other riders said: “Andrea, that was your initiation, welcome. Now you’re a part of it!”
I plan to do Grand Prix this season. It’s very exciting.