Name: Romy Fryer
Name of pony/horse(s): Oaklyvaile Golden Boy aka Sprout
Disciplines you compete: Showjumping, Dressage, Eventing
1) How old were you when you got your first pony/horse and what do you remember about him/her?
I bought my first pony when I was 9 years old. Molly was a 13.3, 12 year old, black, new forest mare who was a typical first pony! She was a good little jumper when she decided to, and together we had a brilliant two years. Molly took me round my first cross country, won me my first rosette and we even tried working equitation! She wasn't always the most lovable but she was a pony I would trust with my life.
My first show with "My Golly Miss Molly"
2. Do you remember winning your first rosette and what was it for?
My first rosette was for coming 5th in the 'itsy bitsy' jumping class at the BCA summer show in 2009! I was 9 years old, and my yard manager, Lucy, had to run round the course with me, which I still owe her for, as she didn't let me embarrass myself!
6 years ago this was a HUMUNGOUS jump for me!
3. Which riders inspire you?
Hands (or hooves!) down, my biggest inspiration is Ben Hobday. He inspires me not just as a rider but as a person, fighting his battle with cancer with a smile on his face and powering on through no matter what! He has a brilliant attitude and his rides leave me on the edge of my seat wanting more.
4. What is you greatest achievement to date in your chosen discipline?
This is a tough one! But I would have to say either going clear round the School Jumpig at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, or our most recent show results (27/9/15) of winning our novice dressage class at Littlebourne Championships Show and coming second in the puissance at 1.43m! Sprout and I jumping round Windsor!
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Pope
Winning Novice 24 with 71%
Puissance jump of 1.43m just missing out on 1st place
5. What do you hope to achieve with your horse or pony in 2014/2015?
My aims for 2015/2016 are to jump round some 1.05-1.10 tracks, ride in some affiliated events, qualify for the Pony Club Championship in Intermediate Eventing, and for Sprout and I to fine tune our partnership even more!
6. Which Likit toys and treats do you like to use and why?
I love to use the Likit Tongue Twister the most, as it keeps Sprout busy during the long winter nights in his stable. Sprout loves the cherry flavoured Likits, and will do anything for a lick! I also love the Snak-a-Ball's as they are a fabulous way to keep sprouts mind busy for an extended period of time. The Likit Snaks are brilliant to take to shows as they are easy to transport and keep in your pockets as rewards!
Bribing sprout with Likit Snaks during a recent photoshoot
7. Finally, what piece of horsey kit could you not live without?
The one piece of horsey kit I couldn't live without would be my Equi-groomer! It is a fabulous shedding tool that not only removes loose hair, but also any dust and grime from Sprouts coat, making grooming him very easy and quick. It also means that all the loose hair coming off his body doesn't transfer itself to me! She may not be an object, but I also couldn't live without my mum! Not only would I not be able to get anywhere, but I know for sure that she keeps me organised and calm, as well as helping me. She may not be horsey, but she has picked up a few tricks over the years! If she wasn't there, I guarantee I would have forgotten my saddle at least once! Thanks Mum!