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Vicky Smith Returns ToThe Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Grassroots Championships

Mole Valley Farmers are proud to sponsor Vicky Smith at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Grassroots Championships

Mole Valley Farmers is proud to sponsor school teacher Vicky Smith, who will be competing in the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Grassroots Championships

Mole Valley Farmers is proud to support school teacher Vicky Smith, from Derbyshire, who will be competing in the illustrious Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Grassroots Championships, Gloucester, held on 5th – 6th May 2015.

The Championships, which have been taking place since 2010, begin just days before the famous Badminton Horse Trials – the most prestigious Three Day Event in the world. The Grassroots Championship itself is a unique opportunity allowing amateur riders to compete on Badminton’s hallowed turf as their international, eventing idols will do just days later.

Vicky funds her eventing by working full time at Werneth School, in Stockport, where she teaches PE to 11-16 year olds. She competes at Grassroots on Wednesday 6th May riding Indian King, her 16.3hh, 9 year old skewbald Irish sports horse. 

She explains:

“I bought him out of a field of 20 as a four year old in Ireland.  When he arrived Bugsy [his stable name] was so ugly Mum tried to make me send him back, but I loved him instantly. Since then we have worked hard over the last 2 years, training regularly with Richard Carruthers to qualify at Bold Heath Horse Trials, and ride at Badminton in the BE100 regional final.”

Vicky continued:

“The cross country course has now been revealed, and like last year it involves a series of tough fences and combinations from start to finish.  When you’re on the course, there’ s just no let up and you have to concentrate intensely from the moment you leave the starting box, until you cross the finishing line. Last year it was very technical and caused problems to lots of riders, so for 2015 I have been focusing lots on getting Bugsy to listen as he is easily distracted! When I had my schooling session with professional event rider Kitty King last year, we worked especially on straightness and having him sharp to my aids, particularly in the dressage and jumping phases.”

She added:

“It's brilliant to be returning to Badminton for a second year with the support of Mole Valley Farmers and the mentoring they have organized from Kitty. The setting of Badminton House and the excitement of being part of the Three Day Event, give the Championships a unique feeling and a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. To ride at such a highly regarded venue is usually a once in a lifetime ambition so I feel very privileged to be able to repeat it! “


Vicky Smith Prepare's for the illustrious Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Grassroots Championships

Picture: Courtesy of Gus Winterman Blackheart Imagery

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