Why I love be­ing here

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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.

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