Gaby Struel, 16, Cardiff
Name: Gaby Struel
Name of pony/horse(s): Yeti, Padmay and Tommy
Disciplines: Showjumping and eventing (mainly affiliated BSJA/BE but sometimes Pony Club and Riding Club)
How old were you when you got your first pony/horse and what do you remember about him/her?
I was nearly 3 years old when I got my first pony - his name was Houdini. He was 12 hands and I remember that he was an angel whilst on the lead rein but very strong when off the lead rein! He used to always jump out of his paddock, hence his name!
Do you remember winning your first rosette and what was it for?
I won my first rosette with Houdini in lead rein jumping, it was pink!
Which riders inspire you?
Zara Phillips and Ben Maher
What is you greatest achievement to date in your chosen discipline?
Coming 3rd at Pony of the Year Show 2013 (missing top spot by 0.3 secs!) and winning Discovery Regional Finals last year.
What do you hope to achieve with your horse or pony in 2014/2015?
With Yeti, I hope to qualify for the British Show Jumping Amateur Finals - we have already qualified for the Regional Finals which are held in October. With Padmay, I plan to be eventing at BE90 consistently and show jumping at Newcomers (1.10m) level by the end of the year. I also plan to jump the Up & Coming Young Rider series at Wales & West this year - a few weeks ago at the Welsh Masters, Yeti and I were placed in our first attempt at this class.
Which Likit toys and treats do you like to use and why?
I always use the Likit Treat Bar whether it is to try and catch cheeky little Tommy, reward a horse after exercise or just generally spoil them! I also use the Boredom Breaker if one of my horses is on box rest/stabled for several days because I think it keeps them occupied and relaxed and at the same time they get a tasty treat. Unfortunately 2 years ago my talented up and coming young horse, Wattie, was seriously injured after a fall in his paddock and so he was on box rest for months. During this time we used Likit products to stop him becoming bored. Sadly, despite £5000 worth of vet treatment, his injuries were incurable and he had to be put to sleep.
Finally, what piece of horsey kit could you not live without?
It has to be Yeti’s close contact jumping saddle!! After trying a huge amount of different saddles on her, of which none of them fitted, we finally found one that did and it has actually fit every horse I have ever put it on - I don’t know what I would do without it, it is also the most comfortable saddle I have ever sat in!