Model for the British Eventing range, available from Equestrian.com and a shining light on the Young Rider circuit, here we catch up with Sophie Beaty to find out how the year has gone for her combining riding with college and modelling.
Tell us about your horses?
I currently have five horses. Stanly my top horse, is just a star. He has taken me to two European Championships at Junior and Young Rider level. Then there is Pink Gin another seasoned campaigner who I have competed up to Advanced level.
Navigator who used to be ridden by William Fox-Pitt at four star level and is in fact still owned by him, my granny and Lynne Earle is still on great form.
My younger stars are Mister O who is an eight-year-old I’ve produced myself and who I am aiming for Young Rider teams, and then Bueno Sino who is the newest member who is another eight-year-old and one I see to be a serious star for the future.
How did 2014 go for you?
I had a great year, with lots of successes and after moving house I was able to expand my team of horses which is so important when you are looking to the future. What were the major highlights?
I finished second in the Under 21 National Championships, was a member of the Young Rider team for Europeans in Portugal, am now on the World Class Development Programme, and completed three Advanced classes on Pink Gin.
Do you have a favourite horse in your team?
I would never say I have a favourite horse, but Pinks (Pink Gin) I do love a lot as he is literally the colour pink and also my aim with him is to do our first Four Star together, maybe even the 2016 Olympics – you have to aim high! What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I am currently studying Business in Oxford at the Oxford Media and Business School. But I love doing arty things like taking photographs and painting, as well as almost all sports.
Do you plan to make riding your career?
I would like to think so. But I believe everything happens for a reason, so fingers crossed all goes to plan and I can make it my official career as such.
What do you look for in the ideal event horse?
I think a genuine horse is the best, one which is happy to work with you as a team and always wants to please. Not necessarily the most beautiful, flashy horses are the best!
Do you have a favourite event and why?
I love Rockingham Castle event as it’s the home of one of my best mates and I also really see the potential as a new event to grow bigger and better than it already is.
In your career so far who do you feel has been the biggest influence?
I would have to say my mum, Annabelle, she is my inspiration and 100% the reason I am where I am today! What aims do you have for 2015?
My main aim is to get into the Young Rider team again and complete my first CCI3*!