Sponsored rider Astier Nicolas and Ben dominate at Rio Olympics
Whole new level of proud! I have known Astier and Ben for about six years now and it’s been a huge learning curve working with them.
Astier is the first true professional I ever worked with, and as much as we have had our amusing ‘moments’ ;), I have always admired his absolute determination, persistence & self belief! He adores his horses and although I’m very fortunate now to treat more of the horses and riders on the world stage, his riding always amazes me. Ben is just the epitome of a gentleman and has looked after me on many occasions. It wasn’t so long ago he had me in my work clothes & a grooms hat riding Ben up his gallops. All he told me was ‘what ever happens, don’t f******* fall off’, as he took off at the speed of notts on his quickest horse – aptly named Quicky! For those that know Astier and ‘the princess’ Im sure you can picture the scene!
Both myself and Astier are very strong minded individuals, and watching him go round that cross country course at the Rio Olympics , reminded why it is so important to believe in yourself!
For riders it’s essential as if you don’t believe in yourself, nor will your horse!
Very excited for the showjumping tomorrow, with them currently lying in an incredible third position!!!! Credit to you Astier, you showed all those that didn’t believe a thing or two, and I feel very lucky to have you as a sponsored rider, but most importantly, a great friend.
…Take risks, be brave and kick on folks….