Posted: 3rd December 2014 | Back to news feed
Model for the British Eventing range, available from Equestrian.com and a shining light on the Young Rider circuit, here we catch up with Sophie Beaty to find out how the year has gone for her combining riding with college and modelling.
1 – Tell us about your current team of horses?
I currently have five horses.
Stanly my top horse, is just a star. He has taken me to two European Championships at Junior and Young Rider level.
Then there is Pink Gin another seasoned campaigner who I have competed up to Advanced level with.
Navigator who used to be ridden by William Fox-Pitt at four star level and is in fact still owned by him, my granny and Lynne Earle is still on great form.
My younger stars are Mister O who is an eight-year-old I've produced myself and who I am aiming for Young Rider teams, and then Bueno Sino who is the newest member who is another eight-year-old and one I see to be a serious star for the future.
2 – How did 2014 go for you?
I had a great year, with lots of successes and after moving house I was able to expand my team of horses which is so important when you are looking to the future.
3 – What were the major highlights?
I finished second in the Under 21 National Championships, was a member of the Young Rider team for Europeans in Portugal, am now on the World Class Development Programme, and completed three Advanced classes on Pink Gin.
4 – Do you have a favourite horse in your team?
I would never say I have a favourite horse, but Pinks (Pink Gin) I do love a lot as he is literally the colour pink and also my aim with him is to do our first Four Star together, maybe even the 2016 Olympics – you have to aim high!
5 – What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I am currently studying Business in Oxford at the Oxford Media and Business School. But I love doing arty things like taking photographs and painting, as well as almost all sports.
6 – Do you plan to make riding your career?
I would like to think so. But I believe everything happens for a reason, so fingers crossed all goes to plan and I can make it my official career as such.
7 – What do you look for in the ideal event horse?
I think a genuine horse is the best, one which is happy to work with you as a team and always wants to please. Not necessarily the most beautiful, flashy horses are the best!
8 – Do you have a favourite event and why?
I love Rockingham Castle event as it's the home of one of my best mates and I also really see the potential as a new event to grow bigger and better than it already is.
9 – In your career so far who do you feel has been the biggest influence?
I would have to say my mum, Annabelle, she is my inspiration and 100% the reason I am where I am today!
10 – What aims do you have for 2015?
My main aim is to get into the Young Rider team again and complete my first CCI3*!
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