Shropshire-based Jay Kane is a 24 year old event rider who competes at international level, and has represented the British team abroad in Fontainbleau. A former groom of eventers Clayton and Lucinda Fredericks, Jay, a qualified instructor, runs training clinics and produces horses, in addition to competing his top rides Gortglas Tristan and Vogaleine Du Plant.
“Mentors are important to me. Over the years, I have learnt so much from my instructors. Understanding ‘feel’ while riding, which during my time working with Clayton and Lucinda Frederick’s was so influential, has helped me get where I am now. My amazing dressage trainer Tori Peters has shown me patience and self belief to keep going at something, even when it all goes wrong!
I first became interested in horses at a very young age, with my family owning the Fronarth Stud in Wales, where the breed Section D’s . From then on, and thanks to lessons at my local riding school Berriewood Farm, I caught the bug and have never looked back!
The thing I love most about the equestrian world is the equal opportunities available for everyone. It’s the only sport where amateur riders can compete alongside the top riders in the world, and still have a chance of victory on the day.
After this year’s Badminton Horse Trials, there were a lot of mixed feelings about the course, and if it was too big or fast. I personally think it was one of the best courses I’ve seen in a number of years. It was a course you had to respect and ride, rather than trying to get around as quick as you can. It reminded me of the courses I use to watch Lucinda Green and Ian Stark ride around!
The horse I would love to ride would have to be Moorlands Totilas. Just to be able to feel the power and expression he has. I saw his dressage test where he set his world record, and it was just amazing to watch.
The one thing I think every successful event horse needs is a strong attitude on calm shoulders. You want the horse to go into its dressage thinking “Everyone has come to watch me,” then the courage to take on whatever is put in front of him on the cross country, and control to focus in the show jumping.
The most common negative thing I see while competing is people trying to push their horses up the levels too quickly, and then getting frustrated with the horse. I love eventing, but the only thing I would change this discipline would be prize money. Competing in three disciplines in one day with the third being cross country, which can be extremely dangerous, is challenging, and very often winning a class will just get you your entry fee back.
The ethos I live and ride by is “Wisdom is letting go when you want to hang on. Courage is hanging on when you want to let go”. I believe sometimes you’ve got to know when to put your hand up, but also be brave enough to take a chance and kick on!”
I couldn’t live without…
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