Emily Moffitt is 20 years old and trains with Olympic Gold Medallist Ben Maher (GBR). Emily has represented America in the U25 Nations Cup and now competes for Great Britain. Emily competes with her Grand Prix horses all over the world and splits her time between her bases in Wellington, Florida and Worcestershire, UK. A few months ago, Emily answered a few questions for us over in The Very Important Equestrian Club and has kindly agreed for us to share the article on the Samberwill Blog.
Emily & Tipsy. Picture Credit: Poden Farms Facebook
How long have you been competing for?
I have been riding for fun since I was about 8 years old. I have been competing competitively for almost 5 years now.
How did you get started?
My grandpa lived on a farm so I was around horses a lot when we would spend the summers in England (my dad is English so we would go there every year). They gave me a pony to ride named Clover and I instantly fell in love with it. My dad told me if I worked every day and got straight A's in school I could get my own pony. One day I came out to work like I had been every day and a new pony was in the stall and she was mine! It was the best day ever. Ever since then I was always riding.
What has been your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievement so far would be going double clear in my first ever 5* grand prix. I was riding Hilfiger van de Olmenhoeve (Tommy), who is my best horse. It was his first ever 5* grand prix as well, which made it even more awesome!
What is a typical non-show day like?
I am pretty much always at a show these days. When I am home I usually ride 4-5 horses in the mornings, do some chores and organizing around the barn, and then workout and the rest of the day I chill out!
What is a typical show day like?
This really depends on what show I'm at. If I am at a global I usually ride really early in the morning go back to the hotel or walk around and then go back to show later in the day. If I am at a show like WEF it is literally an all-day every day thing. I never get a break! All my horses are going to Florida this year so I will be very very busy.
What is the best piece of advice that you have ever been given?
The best piece of advice anyone has ever given me is probably from my trainer Ben. I was going through a hard time riding wise and I just couldn't get it right. Ben sat me down and said stop thinking about riding so perfect, about what everyone is doing, and about any of the recent rounds you've had. Think about all the times you won and just ride. When I really thought about this the reason I was having such a hard time was because I had had one bad round I was trying even harder to have a better round the next time and that made it worse. The second I relaxed and just rode it worked out perfectly.
What is your ultimate goal / ambition?
My ultimate goal would be the 2020 Olympics. This has been my dream all along and I am really hoping to make it happen. I'm lucky to have a lot of top horses so if I can just keep riding better and better hopefully this is a dream I can make true!
What exciting things do you have coming up over the next few months?
I have a few weeks off and then I have WEF. I am pretty excited to be able to show all of my horses in one place. I have some younger ones that are up and coming as well so it’s great to be able to watch their progress.
Thank you so much Emily for taking the time out to answer our questions – what amazing things you have achieved so far! We really look forward to following your journey to the 2020 Olympics. .
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