Catching up with Yaris Equestrian Brand Ambassadors, Alicia Moss (@Buckinghell) and Honor Redhouse to talk all things horses and 2020.

We’re proud to work with an incredible team of riders at Yaris Equestrian, and if you haven’t heard already, we are searching for four Brand Ambassadors to join our community of riders! Two of our newest riders, Honor Redhouse and Alicia Moss, give us the low down on what they’ve been up to and their big plans for 2020. Happy reading and don’t forget to follow @buckinghell and @honor.redhouse.equestrian on Instagram to keep up to date with their journey!

Catching up with Honor Redhouse

What is your name, discipline and how many horses/what horses do you have?

Hello, my name is Honor Redhouse, I am a 16-year-old showjumper from South East England. I currently have one main horse, her name is Dokyra Fortuna (Kira), we are a very new partnership having only started riding her in October! We currently have competed up to 115cm, but I hope to jump some bigger classes this summer. I also share a 143cm pony with my sister. Her name is Penny, this year I am hoping to have some fun doing Working Hunter Pony classes and (fingers crossed) some eventing.

Name a few equestrian highlights for you from 2019

2019 was a bitter-sweet year for me, as it was my last year on ponies! Although there was a little bit of a rocky start with my pony, Zara, sustaining a little abscess, we made up for it! My top three moments of 2019 were; getting selected to jump on the England home pony team in Ireland and winning the gold medal. Another top hit would be winning the NSEA elite Championship in the main arena at Hickstead for the Second year running! My final top moment of 2019 would be Kira coming home and getting started on her in my Senior career. Unfortunately, this meant saying goodbye to my once in a lime time pony Zara who is now making another little girl very happy, just like me!

What was your biggest achievement with your horse/horses in 2019?

Successfully stepping up to jumping 120cm competitions and qualifiers. This was a goal of mine since starting show jumping on ponies and to be jumping clear around 120/125cm courses in my last year on ponies was the cherry on the top.

Do you have any resolutions for 2020? Any plans or goals? 

2020 is a very important school year for me so Kira will be having a couple of quiet months before a jam-packed summer of fun! A resolution for 2020 for me would be to not take anything too seriously and remember that everyone has their ups and downs, and it’s impossible to be perfect every competition. My goal for 2020 on Kira is to jump 125cm courses and have lots of fun; it would be a dream to qualify for HOYs so hopefully, we will give the qualifiers a good go too.

From your experience, what would you say is the best way to keep your NY resolutions or meet your goals?  

Hard work! There is no replacement for hard work, in the long road, it’s the easier option. Most importantly DON’T GIVE UP and dream big!

Who in the equestrian world do you look up to the most and why?

This is a hard question, partly because I look up to pretty much everyone! But to narrow it down it would have to come to Scott Brash because he had a dream and never gave up on it. Now he is riding at the top level of this sport representing his country. I also look up to Edwina Tops-Alexander, because she makes every round she rides looks so elegant and effortless!

Sometimes the best drawn out plans don’t go the way we want with horses; how would you advise is the best way to deal with the ups and downs of being an equestrian?

My best advice would be to remember that nobody is perfect and that things can’t always go to plan! I am also a big believer in everything happening for a reason, some good will come out from your rough patch, it may feel like it’s never going to happen but it will. 

Do you have any non-horsey resolutions?

YES! I have a big school year of exams coming up, so I have made a goal of putting the same amount of effort into my school work as I do into the horses. I am trying my best to stick to it and hopefully, it pays off and I can get some good exam results.

Which Yaris product is your favourite that you will be using in 2020 and why? 

I love my Yaris stable drape! It’s perfect for all-weather, especially if your stables at shows are outdoors. In Winter, it gives the ponies/horses a block from the wind and rain and in Summer it blocks out some sun from their stables. It is also so smart and you can personalise it until it’s perfect. I am also looking forward to trying the mesh cooler rug this summer as it looks super smart and is an effective method against the flies. I will be doing reviews of the Yaris products I own on my Instagram so let me know if there are any products you would like to see!

 

Catching up with Alicia Moss

What is your name, discipline and how many horses/what horses do you have right now?

Hi, my name is Alicia Moss, otherwise known as @buckinghell on Instagram! I currently own 2 horses, Ivy and Eric, and as much as I’d like to say I’m a showjumper, dressage rider, or top event rider… I have no direction now as to what discipline we are into! Eric seems to have a meltdown over show jumps, so that’s out of the question and Ivy is meant to be my future fun jumping/all-rounder but she’s out of work, so no hope there! Although, I am aiming to get Eric out showing this coming season so hopefully we will have fun!

Name a few equestrian highlights for you from 2019

Wow, 2019 was a big and busy year for me. I managed to successfully set up my first little equine business, something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do. I was purchasing horses and ponies, schooling and producing them and then selling them to suitable homes. It was one of the best experiences of my life; I’ve met some great people (and horses!) and learned so much.

I also got my dream horse…Ivy. I have always wanted to buy a Connemara from Ireland to break in myself and get out competing. My parents aren’t overly horsey so I knew it was something I’d have to do myself, but my Dad did give me some help and advice, because sending over a whole load of money online for a horse I’d never met, was absolutely terrifying! She is everything I have ever wanted and I am looking forward to seeing her grow and develop into a little star.

What was your biggest achievement with your horse/horses in 2019?

Besides my little business venture and buying my dream horse, my biggest achievement with my horse/horses would probably be being able to break in and produce my very own dream horse, Ivy. I know this isn’t anything big or special but it’s a dream come true for me. It isn’t about how much or how high you jump or compete, some people, like me, appreciate the smaller things in life!

Do you have any resolutions for 2020? Any plans or goals?

Annoyingly, my plans for this year have gone out the window; my aim was for Ivy to be riding away nicely and lightly competing as a 4-year-old this season, however, she is currently a bit lame so I am turning her away completely for 3-6 months. I have had to make myself some new plans and goals! My top one now is to get Ivy back riding away towards the end of summer. I also have goals with Eric, I’d like to get him into the world of showing; in the Mountain and Moorland section and possibly in Working Hunter with some more work over jumps! My big goal with him would be to get him to my County Show, a big aim I know, but we can only dream!

From your experience, what would you say is the best way to keep your NY resolutions or meet your goals?

Do not ever let anyone put you down, you are on your own journey and no one else is doing it with you. Yes, there will be obstacles that you may have to overcome but that’s what makes the journey worth it! The best advice I can give to help you achieve your New Year’s Resolution or goals, with or without horses, is to follow your heart and reach for the stars!

Who in the equestrian world do you look up to the most and why?  

Wow, this is a hard one for me… as I don’t generally like to follow others, I like to go my own way and learn as I go. However, there is one person that I look up to; it’s not so much what they do that I look up to, it’s their journey and how they have never given up. I have also been lucky enough to have met this person and he is so incredibly nice and normal! He was friendly, asked about myself and my horses and was so welcoming. This person is John Whitaker and I would love to have as many fun and successful years with horses as he has had!

Sometimes the best drawn out plans don’t go the way we want with horses, how would you advise is the best way to deal with the ups and downs of being an equestrian?

Well, we aren’t even a month in 2020 and my big plans with Ivy have already vanished; you need to look for the good in a bad situation. It is heartbreaking, it is draining and stressful, but if you have a negative mindset, it isn’t healthy for anyone. Think positive and if it hasn’t gone the way you wanted, think about what you can do differently to make something good happen but remember it doesn’t always happen overnight. Accidents happen, but it’s always good to take the good with the bad as experiences – we are all learning new things every day!

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?

Very cliché, but I am simply looking forward to enjoying myself and my horses this year, pressure-free and having endless amounts of fun. Making new memories every day, overcoming challenges, and reaching my goals is what I’m looking forward to. I will hopefully be doing some buying and selling again, so I am looking forward to the new horses and ponies I’m going to meet, as well as meeting new people and making new friends. I wonder how many horses I’ll end up keeping this year! 

Do you have any non-horsey resolutions?

My non-horsey resolution is to cut down on fast food! I’m a sucker for a McDonalds, as I literally drive past it on my way to and from the horse yard, so how can I not pop in for a quick meal! It’s such an unhealthy habit, and I’d also save a lot of money. 

Which Yaris product is your favourite that you will be using in 2020 and why? 

I am thoroughly looking forward to using my Yaris Core Range Exercise Sheet, this will be incredibly helpful for me and my ponies, as I do like to ride in all weathers and having this sheet will keep my horses warm, and dry for when we are riding or hacking out in the wind, rain and cold weather – a very helpful piece that will be well used with me!