How is Quarrycrest Echo?
Red is in great form. He had a good spin at Hartpury a few weeks ago for his final run and hasn’t missed a beat since. I’m really happy with him heading out there so I hope he arrives there in as good a condition as he left.
How is Vanir Kamira after Burghley?
Tilly has come out of Burghley really well. A 4* run is tough and especially at Burghley but she literally didn’t have a mark on her after her fantastic cross country round. She is having a break now and will come back in and follow a similar schedule with Badminton and Burghley as the main aims again.
How are you? Are you very excited?
I feel good and very excited! We’ve had a busy period over the last month or six weeks but being at Burghley last week has been a great preparation for WEG as it gets you in the right zone for the occasion. It’s very different to riding 5 horses round a BE100 in a day so it’s nice to be going on the back of a big one. I’m always very proud to represent my country so I’m hugely excited to get out to Tryon and give it our best shot.
What are your plans to date before WEG?
Red has already left so I have a few days just to keep working the horses at Maidwell with targets coming up at the end of the month. My sister, Nini, and Susie Berry, based with me at Maidwell, are both going to Blenheim next week so I’ll give them a hand with their preparations as well.
When are you leaving?
I fly to Tryon on Friday 7th September.
Who’s going with you?
Jayne McGivern who owns Quarrycrest Echo and her husband David Crossland, Amy Phillips, my fantastic groom, and my partner Tom March.
What do you think of GB’s chances?
I think Team GB has a great chance of a team medal if everything goes our way. We have a strong team of tough and proven 4* horses who should all cope with the conditions, so if we can all perform to the best of our abilities then I hope we might have a medal or two to bring home.
Who do you think are the main contenders?
Germany are strong but missing Michael Jung is obviously a blow. Beyond that I think it’s quite open so it’s just a case of nailing the performance when it counts. It should be a great competition with plenty of chances for the team and individual medals.
Where does Animalife fit into your preparation for the World Equestrian Games?
I use Animalife Vetrofen to keep Quarrycrest Echo in the best possible shape. All his feed has already been transported to the US so Red will have a brand new tub waiting for him in the USA ready for when he gets there.