Honeychop Star Grace
Birthday: 7th of November
Favourite Honeychop Feed: Its a toss up between Honeychop Lite & Healthy and Honeychop Calm & Shine!
Biggest Achievement: My biggest equine achievement was qualifying for and riding at Blair Castle European Eventing Championships in 2014 for the first time. My lovely loan horse at the time, Skip, behaved remarkably well and we both had great fun while we were there, with only one pole falling during our round. I was delighted with the way it went for us and can see myself doing it all over again! Riding at Blair was such an amazing opportunity and to this day I am still in disbelief that I qualified and made it round! I went on to qualify again and jumped clear with Gerry in 2018 and both are experiences I will never forget!
The Best piece of advice Grace has been given: Remember to enjoy every ride – dont put too much pressure on yourself that you stop enjoying your horse or the sport!
Grace’s Tip: Some things are worth waiting for. Don’t rush, you can never spend enough time training, taking things slowly will definitely benefit you in the long run.
Grace is our Honeychop Star for Scotland.
Grace has got her brother to thank for her love of riding. When she was 8 years old her brother won a voucher for a ‘paddock hack’ at a charity auction and kindly gifted it to her. So off she went…and from then on it was a lesson every week! She continued to progress and branched out into riding privately owned horses and then at the age of 16 was able to take her first horse out on loan.
A few horses have come and gone over the years, all of which hold a special place in Grace’s heart. Grace started her Honeychop journey with her loan horse, Skip a.k.a Touchstone Skipnish, a 16.1hh, dapple grey, Irish draught, gelding who was 10 years old. Grace then took on another loan horse, Tigger a.k.a Master Moonshaddow who was another large, hunter type grey gelding! Grace found Gerry in November 2017 and went on to buy him, they were just perfect for one another – Gerry went on to continue Grace’s Honeychop journey with her until he sadly was pts after sustaining an injury in 2019.
Grace’s current horse is the lovely Hector – a piebald 6 year old gelding with a lovely cuddly personality that she purchased in summer 2020. We look forward to following their journey together through their monthly blogs!
“We compete locally at riding club level and are mainly out to just have some fun! I mainly compete side saddle, but have started to recently enjoy jumping again and plan to do some working hunter this year.
If you want to find out about what I’ve been getting up to, or what Hector and I are currently working on, make sure you read my monthly blogs! I try my best to keep them entertaining!”