The people, the adrenaline, and most of all, the horses. For me, the greatest thrill is taking a horse from novice to team level. And of course, to have the ability to ride at the international level is so special. I am very lucky and very grateful.
What are some of your goals as a member of the Athletes’ Committee?
The Athletes’ Committee is invaluable as it allows us to share and appreciate ideas from other disciplines. We are all different, but we can share ways to promote our sports, work together, and become a more united front to the public, especially with the Olympics coming up.
NOTE: The FEI Athletes Committee was created in 2014 and is made up of one Athlete Representative per discipline – they work together on their common issues and also sit on their respective discipline committees to ensure the athletes have a voice within the global decision making process.
The Athlete Representatives are all top level sportspeople having competed at recent Olympic and/or World Championship level and they are elected by their peers – athletes that have also recently competed at Olympic and/or World Championship level.
As the term is for four years and non-re-eligible, the process is back in swing in 2018 with an initial nominations phase where athletes can submit their candidacies followed by an online voting phase. For more information, go to Inside.FEI.
Besides training and competing, what do you like to do in your free-time?
I love cooking, gardening, and throwing parties—feeding people, giving them a drink, some good music and dancing. I also enjoy travelling and I love the sea.
What’s something that fans may not know about you?
I have a degree in Zoology from Oxford University and my teenage ambition was to become the next David Attenborough!
Coffee or tea? Both.
Cats or dogs? Both.
Favourite song at the moment? “My Silver Lining” by First Aid Kit.
What’s a saying or quote that you live by? I have two: “Keep it black and white,” which is perfect for children and horses, and “Do as you would be done by.”
Last movie you saw? “The Secret Life of Pets” with my daughter.
Text by Kat Neis
Photography by David Sinclair for FEI