Dou­ble clear at ad­vanced eventing

Mix­ing with the pros in the up­per ech­e­lons

Horse & Hound - - Fantastic Feats - Emily Wheel­house

“THIS year, I reached a mas­sive per­sonal mile­stone when I went dou­ble clear in my first ad­vanced. As a com­plete am­a­teur, jug­gling eventing with full-time work and study­ing can be a chal­lenge, so reach­ing this level on my amaz­ing self-pro­duced 15.2hh mare was very spe­cial.

“I bought Libby [She’s A Lady] as a fouryear-old with no recorded breed­ing. I was 17 at the time and nei­ther of us had com­peted af­fil­i­ated in any dis­ci­pline. Five years — and a lot of hard work — later, she has ex­ceeded all ex­pec­ta­tions. We’ve gone from com­pet­ing on Pony Club teams to jump­ing dou­ble clear at ad­vanced and dou­ble clear at all three of her two-stars this sea­son, and we’ve showjumped dou­ble clear at 1.30m.

“For so long, I be­lieved this level was out of my reach be­cause it was re­served for the pro­fes­sion­als, the well-bred horses or school­mas­ters, which I would never be able to af­ford. Al­though I have a long way to go, and time and money re­straints limit much­needed reg­u­lar train­ing, it’s nice to show that as an am­a­teur you can be up there com­pet­ing along­side the very best.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.