Rebecca McNair owns Logwood Dressage, a purpose built dressage stud based near Chorley where she specialises in breeding and producing quality dressage horses. Here she answers our burning questions.
When you were younger who inspired you?
As a pony mad child with non-horsey parents I could always be found at the local riding school every weekend. Despite putting a horse on my Christmas list every year from the age of eight to sixteen, I never woke up on Christmas morning to a horse in my garden! As a result, I idolised anyone who owned their own horse no matter what size or shape.
Who inspires you today?
It would have to be Isabell Werth. I remember watching the Beijing Olympics when Isabell had a bit of a tricky ride in the piaffe resulting in her losing the gold medal to Anky van Grunsven and Salinero. When she came out of the test arena, rather than dismounting and handing her horse to the waiting grooms, Isabell was one of the only riders to to take her horse back into the warm up and cool him down herself. As she stretched down Satchmo I was awestruck at the passionate bond between horse and rider. In those moments, the results did not matter, just the wellbeing of the horse who had taken her to the Olympics. That is a moment I will never forget and it is something that has always inspired me as a competitive rider.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
Training Bolana LDS from a three year old to Prix St Georg
Who is your favourite ever horse and why?
Oooo, I really do not think I can answer this as each one of my horses has taught me so much and made me the rider I am today. However, my first ever horse, Hollinhurst Rebel, will always be a very special mare to me. She took me to my first Regionals, first Inter Regionals and bred my first foal. She will stay with me at Logwood Dressage until her final day as I owe her absolutely everything.
What do you do in your spare time?
What spare time :-) ? Any time away from Logwood Dressage is spent with my two children, Tabitha (6) and Jasper (11 months) and my husband Andrew.
Dogs or cats?
Can I say both? I have two Siamese cats in the house named Millie and Thea, two 'feral' yard cats (who follow me around, sit on my knee and lie at my feet) named Fred and Ginger, and a crazy two year old English Pointer called Molly.
Who would be your three perfect dinner guests and why?
The first would have to be Carl Hester because I want to know absolutely everything he knows.
The second would be Elizabeth I. My History Dissertation was focussed on her incredible reign, such an inspirational female role model, who defined her place in a world of men. "I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a King, and of a King of England too... I myself will take up arms, I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field."
The third and final place would have to go to Gordon Ramsay, but only if he promised to cook the meal.
What are you reading?
Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine, my daughter's current favourite bedtime story.
Favourite TV programme?
I will have to say The Tudors as my husband appeared in it for two seasons. Although I have also watched all 13 seasons of Grey's Anatomy and am now convinced I am a real life doctor :-)
Thai food, especially a super hot Thai Red Chicken Curry
If you could be a breed of horse, what would it be?
I had absolutely no idea, so I did one of the Facebook tests and it came out as an Arab - "You are the Arabian horse! You're a proud and majestic horse with a showy attitude and a high spirited nature. When ridden you are high strung but hard working!"
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever had when it comes to training horses?
If you wait for everything to be perfect before taking the next step you have stopped training yourself and your horse.