Bluegrass Horse Feeds youngest brand ambassador Katie Wyse is next up to answer the Q&A session as part of the Bluegrass “Behind the Success” series. After a quiet year in 2019 recovering from a broken arm (not event horse related!), Katie is ready to make up for missing out last year.
1. What’s your favourite horse you’ve ridden?
That kind of an impossible question, they have all done so much for me in their own way, but my 122cm show hunter pony ‘All That Jazz’ was very special.
2. What horse would you like to have in your stables?
Allister Hood’s ‘Diamond are forever III’
3. If you weren’t a showjumper what would you like to be?
If I didn’t do showing, I’d like to do dressage
4. Favourite horseshow?
The Northern Ireland Festival
5. Do you prefer the greatest Showman or Les Mis soundtrack?
The Greatest Showman
6. What’s the one thing in your tack room you can’t be without?
Purple shampoo for washing my grey pony.
7. Have you any routines or habits before you go in the ring?
A routine before a flat show class is before I go into the ring I like to plan where I need to be and when I need to be there, and I like to have my showpiece planned out. A bad habit of mine before a working hunter class is beginning to worry about one particular fence for no reason.
8. Do you have any other hobbies or sport interests?
I also play gaelic football,hockey&soccer.
9. Name one competition that you really want to win?
I think Horse of the Year Show is every child’s dream.
10. What’s your favourite Bluegrass Horse Feed Product?
The Bluegrass Horse Feeds Cool N Conditioning Cubes
11. When did you start riding?
Before I started walking haha
12. First pony’s name?
13. What’s your proudest achievement so far?
I’m not sure, I’ve been extremely lucky. Either, qualifying for Horse of the Year Show (with all that Jazz) and the Royal International (with Rotherwood just a peep), being supreme champion at the IPS championships two years in a row (with all that Jazz) or winning the RDS twice, (with Haighend Miss Georgette and Barkway Choirister)
14. What’s your favourite training exercise?
I don’t really have one. I do like to do different grids jumping and loads of transitions on the flat.
15. One piece of advice you’d give to young riders?
Success is not always about winning the red rosette. Set yourself a goal of something you want to improve on even if it’s getting all the correct canter leads and if you achieve this it has been a successful day.