I have always loved horses and started riding when I was two. I then bought a 1)pony from a friend. She was into 2)eventing so I decided to keep the pony and do the same thing. I started eventing properly at the age of ten and started eventing for the British team two years ago.
During term time, the evenings are taken up with training, but during the holidays I will spend 3)virtually the whole day at the yard, except for one day a week when the pony gets a well-earned rest.
If Spring, my horse, is going in the indoor riding school, it will involve a lot of repetitive circles and practising for a long time until the 4)routine is perfect, and for me this does sometimes get a little bit boring, but it all 5)pays off in the long run.
But competing is where you get the real excitement. It is where all the hours and dedication you have put in really pay off and hopefully end in success.
This year I took part in the Charles Owen British Pony Eventing 6)trials, and for me it was a dream just to get selected. I am only 14 and it's my first year doing trials on Spring, so I wasn't sure how I would even get on. But after they started and I had some good results, I started to believe I had a chance of getting on the team.
The 7)championships were a bonus and I never expected to do that well. I knew the team had done well in the past, so to get gold and be part of that was absolutely amazing. To win individual silver was unimaginable and I am so proud of my pony and all the hard work everyone put in to make it possible.
The only downside was getting so nervous. Although I am fairly confident and I have a fantastic pony, I always get nervous, especially right at the start before 8)dressage. But that soon goes when the 9)adrenaline 10)kicks in. As long as I can say I gave my best and haven't let the horse or anyone down, then I am happy.