Galway based rider, Thomas O’Brien caught up with the Bluegrass Horse Feed team at his home yard, Galway Equestrian Centre during the Bluegrass Road Show at the start of the month.
Thomas joined the Bluegrass Horse Feed brand ambassador team last year, starting off with a successful year including the 5 year old Irish Sport Horse Studbook Final.
1) Favourite horse you’ve ridden?
Can’t really choose a favourite. I’ve been lucky enough to get to ride some fantastic horses. Especially the likes of Codarco, Hector and Paciro.
2) What horse would you like to have in your stables?
Inca Boy. Definitely Inca Boy!
3) If you weren’t a showjumper, what would you be?
A millionaire! No doubt about it
4) Favourite Horse Show?
Probably the international at Balmoral. Really enjoy that show.
5) Do you prefer the soundtrack from Les Mis or The Greatest Showman?
What? Are you serious? I haven’t watched either of them. Won’t be watching them either! I haven’t time to be sitting down watching musicals.
6) What’s the one thing in your tack room you can’t be without?
Bits. I love my bit collection. There’s a bit in there for every occasion.
7) Have you any routines or habits before you go in the ring?
No. Not especially.
8) Do you have any other hobbies or interests?
None! Did I not tell you already? Where would I get the time for that. Definitely not watching musicals anyway.
9) Name one competition you really want to win?
The Aachen Grand Prix. It’d be amazing to have the name on that list of winners.
10) What’s your favourite Bluegrass Horse Feed product?
The Competition Mix. Helps keep the horses in top form.
11) When did you start riding?
Before I could walk
12) First Pony’s name?
Easter Lady. She was some dinger!!!
13) What’s your proudest achievement so far?
Thankfully there’s been too many to name out just one. Just like trying to pick out a favourite horse, there’s been loads of great moments this far, and more to come!
14) What’s your favourite training exercise?
Anything to do with canter poles.
15) One piece of advice you’d give to young riders?
Simple! Just work hard, and stay focused.