I’m 18, and an aspiring international rider recently selected for the first ever Working Equitation GB squad development team. I also ride affiliated dressage, as there is a dressage element in Working Equitation. My dream is to ride for Great Britain. But first are national competitions here in the UK, and I hope even international competition in Portugal at the end of the year. For success internationally, horses need to be riding at PSG level in their dressage.
My horse? Well, he’s a superstar. Almansor (Al) is a Lusitano. Incredibly talented, hot and sensitive, but he really loves to work. He’s athletic and powerful, making him perfect for the amazing sport of Working Equitation. We’re also competing at medium dressage and aiming for Advanced Medium by the end of 2015 which is where we need to be to ensure a place on the GB Working Equitation squad. We scored 67% in our first affiliated medium competition. We also enjoy showing and Almansor was the “Cruzado” champion at the prestigious Lusitano Breed Show in 2014 (pure bred, but unregistered lusitanos). We were also successful at the new South West Iberian show and squeezed in some wins at unaffiliated show jumping competitions at 1m / 1.10m.
Working Equitation is taking off in the UK. The Association for British Working Equitation are working really hard to promote the sport. The excitement is building because Working Equitation is so fast and furious, but very sophisticated, stylish and skilful too. Already for 2015 I have 6 national competitions, 5 GB squad trainings and several regional competitions lined up in Working Equitation. Then there’s chasing down British Dressage points, and the showing schedule too which this year also includes Royal Cornwall Show.