Best of my fun... Showjumper Amanda Der­byshire

The showjumper on wild par­ty­ing in Mi­ami, meet­ing Si­mon Cow­ell, Big Star mem­o­ries and tak­ing the rough with the smooth

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My first pony…

A five-year-old grey 11.2hh Welsh pony, Sparkle, who was so naughty. But she taught me to be brave.

My se­cret weapon…

My first orig­i­nal, ex­tremely wornin Devoucoux sad­dle. I of­ten tell the grooms to put it on for a big com­pe­ti­tion — men­tally, it puts me in my com­fort zone.

My money-sav­ing se­cret…

Buy­ing a wal­let to hold my cash and cards in. I put money in my pock­ets, which of­ten ends up lost.

Eat­ing out…

At Nobu (Asian fu­sion) and Mr Chow (Chi­nese); they both have restau­rants in New York and Mi­ami and the food in both is in­cred­i­ble. Not to men­tion the fact that I met Si­mon Cow­ell in Mr Chow while com­pet­ing in the Mi­ami Longines Global Cham­pi­ons Tour (GCT).

Re­mem­ber­ing when…

I won the speed fi­nal at the Washington In­ter­na­tional Horse Show in 2016 with Luibanta BH. “Lulu” is such a spe­cial horse, bought as an eight-year-old from Ellen Whi­taker and the most straight­for­ward, easy and kind mare I’ve ever rid­den. Re­cently I was placed fourth in the $1m (£890,000) grand prix at Horse shows In The Sun (HITS) on her and it was the big­gest course I’ve ever jumped.

Best event af­ter-party… The GCT in Mi­ami tops them all. On the fi­nal night, we al­ways head to LIV night­club and it is wild!

It’s al­ways nice to have a night to un­wind with friends af­ter a com­pet­i­tive show like that one.

The best ad­vice…

If a round doesn’t go to plan, you’re al­lowed 30 min­utes to get mad, re-eval­u­ate and then you have to move on. In this sport, you have to take the ups with the downs and it’s point­less beat­ing your­self up all night.

Get­ting away from it all… I love to travel and twice a year af­ter the sum­mer and win­ter show se­ries are over, my fi­ancé David Blake and I try to get away. My favourite trips so far have been to Cape Town, South Africa, Thai­land and, most re­cently, tour­ing Italy.

The best per­for­mance I’ve ever seen…

Nick Skel­ton and Big Star win­ning gold in Rio. A year be­fore, it was prob­a­bly against all the odds, but it was in­spi­ra­tional to see how hard work, plan­ning, a great team and be­lief can beat those odds.

When I’m read­ing…

Harry Pot­ter. I have read those books a hun­dred times and they make me feel like I’m a stu­dent at Hog­warts.

My big­gest in­dul­gence…

Oys­ters, Terry’s Choco­late Or­ange and Re­volve Fash­ion on­line shop­ping.

The best date I’ve been on…

The night my boyfriend pro­posed this sum­mer in Michi­gan on the lake. It was a to­tal sur­prise and he asked me on the beach at sun­set with a bot­tle of Veuve.

‘If a round doesn’t go to plan, you’re al­lowed 30 min­utes to get mad, re-eval­u­ate then move on’

amanda Der­byshire pi­lots lady Maria Bh to a podium fin­ish in the Mi­ami Global cham­pi­ons Tour

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