We always think it is good to get to know our riders a little more. Finding out what makes them tick, who they look up to and how they work their days. We had a catch up with 10 year old Tabby!

Tabby and Ron!
  1. Who is your favourite rider and why?
    Can’t choose one!! Ben Maher – world class rider perfection on a horse, Tabitha Kyle – she rides to win, amazing to watch in a jump off! Holly Smith – she’s one of the strongest female riders, Joe Clayton – is such a still rider looks like he could ride any horse and is so natural to watch.
  2. If you could ride any horse or pony in the world, who would it be?
    Easy answer – EXPLOSION!!
  3. What is your favourite and least favourite food?
    Roast dinner or chicken wraps are my fav – least favourite food is mustard and courgettes.
  4. Do you have anything lucky or is there anything you cannot be without on a competition day?
    I’m not superstitious at all. You make your own luck.
  5. What is your least favourite horsey job?
    Mum will tell me off but I hate mucking out 😆
  6. What is the one piece of riding kit you couldn’t be without?
    My Samshield riding hat.
  7. Who do you use as your trainer?
    Tanya Kyle is my trainer and coaches me at all the shows. Joe Clayton helps me at home.
  8. Do you do any other sports apart from riding?
    YES netball, hockey, cricket, athletics and I used to do a lot of gymnastics (oh to be young enough to have all that energy!!) but it is showjumping that takes priority now.
  9. What are your goals with your ponies for this year?
    Win HOYS and get to London International Horse Show (Olympia) again.
  10. What do you like to do when you’re not riding/looking after your ponies?
    To jump my Jolly Jumps with my friends and get my nails done!!
  11. Please can you tell us a little bit about a typical day for you in the week, fitting in school, riding and training.
    I train three times a week, and fitting it around school is hard. I often sleep in the lorry overnight and my mum drives me at 4:00am to Leicestershire to train with Tanya Kyle before school. I will often ride or lunge one before school. I get up at 6.00am then as soon as I am home from school I will work any ponies that are left to ride. Then me, mum and dad put them to bed. Then it is homework, dinner is normally around 8:00pm and bed as soon as I can!! I do revision and homework on the way to shows in the lorry at the weekend.

Thank you so much Tabby for a glimpse into your life! All your hard work and dedication is definitely paying off. All the best for the 2023 season.