Meet Amy Osborne

1. What’s your name?

Amy Osborne

2. How old are you?

31

3. Where is your nearest store?

Whitby Store

4. Where are you based?

I am based between Scarborough and Whitby in a village called Staintondale.

5. What are your disciplines?

I like to compete in as many disciplines as possible, I mainly event and represent the local
riding club at team events. Before I started eventing, I competed in Working Hunter's and I still like to enter a few shows, but my focus is in the Eventing.

6. Describe yourself and your team:

I am a very lucky to have my amazing family and friends who support me. Our family team all work together. My sister owns show ponies and she competes most weekends in the summer.  We have to ask Friends and Family to help when we cannot support each other if we are both away. We are very lucky that Mum and Dad are still our number one supporter’s will attend shows and help us a lot.

7. Who trains you?

I have regular lessons with Sam Jimmison. I have learnt a lot from Sam, from Jumping to Dressage. My results have massively improved and she is always on hand when needed. I have also have Jean Clemmit who is a lifelong instructor that I have always looked up to and she has supported me since I was a small child. I’m very lucky to have two very talented people to help me.

8. What is your greatest equestrian achievement so far?

I have to say that qualifying for the Mitsubishi Grassroots Championships at Badminton is one of my greatest achievements. This has been my aim for 3 years and my dream came true at Richmond horse trails. I attend the championships in May this year I am very excited, and the hard work has started so we are prepared. A week after qualifying I went to Frickley Horse trails for the Yorkshire challenge. I went with the thought that if I came away with a placing in the top 15 I would be happy as we were going against some of the best horses in Yorkshire, Lucky was on my side this day in all phases and I came away Yorkshire Champion I generally could not believe what had just happened This goes along side with qualifying for badminton with my greatest achievements.

9. Do you have any goals for this year?

My aim for this year is the Mitsubishi Grassroots Championships in May. I want to enjoy my season and any Placings is a bonus.

10. What are your long term equestrian career goals?

I would not say I have a long-term goal as all I want to enjoy it and have fun. When you work full time its nice to get out competing on a weekend.

11. What competitions/events will you be attending this year?

I have my first event of the season on Saturday at Epworth. Following this, I will attend a few more events before badminton. I will also be entering Bramham and the Lincoln show to do the working hunters. I attend all the riding club qualifiers to try and qualify for the championships. My season will depend on Walter and how he is going and feeling.

12. What is the highest level you have competed to?

I have competed up to Novice level eventing.

13. Name your favourite competition and why:

I think if I had to pick a favourite event it would be Richmond or Bishop Burton. Both courses are suited to Walter and we have had some of our best results hat them both.

14. How did you get into horses?

I was born in to horses as my Mum was a crazy horse lady. My dad was also a hunt servant for the Staintondale Hunt, so I suppose you can say it’s in my blood. My Sister and I have never been pressured to ride I think this is why we are both still so keen today.

15. How many horses do you currently have/ride?

I currently just have Walter which is never normally the case, but I am enjoying just having one and putting all my time and effort in to him.

16. What’s the favourite horse you’ve had or have?

It's got be Walter Tate. As he is homebred, he is a family favourite too. He just makes me smile every day and that is worth everything.

17. Who do you admire in the equestrian world?

I look up to a lot of people in the horse world, but my old-time favourites since I was a child have to be John and Michael Whitaker. I will always remember visiting HOYS and Olympia and the buzz and the sound when they entered the ring gave you Goosebumps.

18. What is your favourite equestrian brand and why?

I use a lot of Premier Equine and LeMieux products. I like their cold-water boots, Eventing boots and saddle cloths they are good quality and last for ages.

19. Name the one product you can’t live without and why?

I use the Premier Equine magnets boots for Walter’s legs; he travels in them to Events and Lessons. I feel they give me piece of mind.

20. What would you say your life motto is?

Everything happens for a reason. I do live by this motto, if something goes wrong it makes you stronger and more determined.

21. Have you competed abroad and where?

I went in the Army at 16 and joined the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery. I competed for them on a regular basis. I was very lucky to get picked to go to a show in Jersey. It was a fantastic experience.

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