Alice Gor­ing

PIKEUR AM­A­TEUR OF THE YEAR

Horse & Hound - - Horse & Hound Awards 2017 -

ALICE GOR­ING knows a thing or two about hard work. The 25-year-old, who landed the com­pet­i­tive Pikeur Am­a­teur of the Year award, jug­gles event­ing at two-star with a ca­reer in os­teo­poro­sis re­search, putting in lengthy hours to com­bine the two.

In fact, Alice con­fessed that she was head­ing back to work that night af­ter the H&H Awards con­cluded.

“We’re pitch­ing a busi­ness idea to po­ten­tial in­vestors to­mor­row morn­ing, so I have to pre­pare tonight,” ex­plained Alice, who is no stranger to work­ing late into the night.

“My horses are so used to be­ing rid­den in the dark, all year round. Flood­lights are my best friend!

“I have to be very or­gan­ised and make plenty of back-up plans, as I of­ten have to work late. I also have a very un­der­stand­ing team around me.”

This year has been some­thing of a whirl­wind for the Sur­rey-based rider, who made her first trip abroad to com­pete at Tat­ter­salls CCI*, where she fin­ished on her dres­sage score with her diminu­tive ride,

The Lit­tle French­man.

“He’s only 15hh on his tip­toes — a pony re­ally — and he can barely see over the fences, but he doesn’t re­alise how tiny he is; he just loves it,” laughed Alice, who is aim­ing to step up to ad­vanced level with the 12-year-old geld­ing. “He’s my horse of a life­time and makes all the hard work worth it — I couldn’t do it with­out a horse who makes me smile ev­ery day.”

‘I’m al­ways rid­ing in the dark — flood­lights are my best friend!’ ALICE GOR­ING ON JUG­GLING WORK AND EVENT­ING

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