Two Minutes with…
In the first of our quick-fire interviews, meet our ambassador Becky Woolven.
A couple of weeks ago we were lucky enough to pop over to see Becky on her beautiful yard in the Cotswolds. We spent a few hours chatting to Becky about her journey in the eventing world and we got to meet the star that is Betty (aka Babette) who stole the show as she is simply gorgeous.
We popped a few questions Becky’s way asking her about her journey so far, her future plans and her hopes going forward. Have a read below to get to know a little bit more about eventing’s rising star, Becky Woolven.
What got you started in your sport?
“For as long as I can remember I have always been obsessed with horses; totally and utterly obsessed! I have no idea where it came from because neither of my parents have any interest in anything equine (although they have been forced to now!) I started off with riding lessons at the local riding school and then I progressed to Pony Club on my own pony (which took years and years of persuasion to acquire). It was whilst I was in the Pony Club that I discovered what Eventing was and I instantly decided that it was this discipline that I would like to pursue.”
What is your biggest achievement to date?
I think it would have to be achieving two top 20 placings at Burghley on two different horses (Charlton Down Riverdance was 17th in 2016 and DHI Babette K was 13th this year). I like to keep my yard relatively small because I love the intimacy with each horse and their owner – I have been incredibly fortunate to have two such brilliant horses in a short space of time.”
What are your hopes for the future?
“In the short/medium term I would love to achieve a top 10 result at Badminton which, so far, has proved my nemesis! In the longer term, I would like a call up for team GB at the Olympics one day!”
Share your top tip for success?
“I try to be as resilient and positive as I possibly can. There are so many highs and lows that come with horses and when I am experiencing the latter I try very hard to remember the successes I have had in order to keep my focus. One of the biggest lows I experienced was at Badminton in 2017 – my first attempt at the prestigious event that I had always dreamt about. My horse and I had gone clear round a gruelling cross country course and were lying in 20th place overnight, only to discover that he had chipped a bone in his leg out on the course. Once the adrenaline had worn off he was in a lot of discomfort and would definitely not be able to show jump the next day. I was utterly heartbroken that my horse was injured and, of course, at the result we could have achieved…The next day I had to get up in the tipping rain and carry on training the other horses – there was no option to sit and feel sorry for myself!”
Which is your favourite Gamebirds Clothing piece?
“Definitely the gorgeous brown tweed Peregrine coat that I wore for the Sunday morning Trot up / Vets Inspection at Burghley this year. I absolutely love the fit and the cuffs are my favourite bit!”