Louise Rich (22) is based near Bristol. From a horsey family, she has always wanted to compete in Endurance.
If You hadn't taken up Endurance, what would you have liked to do?
I would have liked to do Showjumping.
What is your biggest achievement in life so far?
Winning the Young Rider ER at Ludlow Racecourse 2008 on Oakleaze Farm Czelo.
How long have you been riding?
Since I was about 4-years-old
Do you have a favourite horse – past or present?
No I love them all the same
What made you decide to settle on endurance as your preferred equestrian discipline?
Mum started to do endurance and I just followed with my little 12.2 pony then we bred some arabs and I now compete them.
Is there a title that you would like to win?
Young Rider National Champion
Do you have a favourite show/event?
I don't t have one favourite, Cirencester Park, Berkshire Downs, Haywood Oaks, Dukeries and Euston Park beacuse they are both fast rides
Have you any hobbies?
Only riding, but it’s a bit more of a job than a hobby now.
Have you ever had any serious injuries?
No, touch wood!
Do you need a special diet to keep you fit and well for competing or can you eat just about anything?
I just eat lots of HARIBO when at competitions its true Young Rider food!
How do you wind down after a competition?
I usually sleep on the way home in the horsebox.
What type of horsebox do you have?
Mercedes 18 tonne built by my dad
If money was NO object what type/design would you prefer?
A Oakley would be nice as they are very big but when you have a dad that builds them you don't need to worry about that
Where do you source your horses?
Home as mum breeds them.
How do you get your horses fit at the beginning of the endurance year?
We have 180 acres to train around at home with hills, and a grass gallop and they also all go on the Horsewalker.
What type of horse feed/forage do you use?
All the horses on the yard are fed Haylage and we also use Red Mills and Mollichaff.
What piece of tack/equipment could you not live without?
My coloured bridles
What type of bedding are your horses on?
What facilities do you have at your yard?
20 stables plus plenty of grazing, access to over 180 acres of off road hacking, a Monarch horse-walker, a 20m x 40m school and at 40m x 60m school.
What are your aims for the next 12 months?
I would like to do more FEI*** events and be successful on the Young Rider teams.