Well-known dressage rider Andrew Gould is to turn his hand to eventing this season — something he hasn’t competed in since he was 12 years-old at Pony Club.
A member of five consecutive GB European dressage teams, the fifth ranked rider by British Dressage in the Small Tour Rankings in 2007 and famously dressage instructor to Katie Price aka Jordan, Andrew won’t be neglecting dressage — just looking for a new challenge.
The opportunity arose when one of Andrew’s pupils, Jonathan Clarke, gave him the ride on the 17.1hh 11 year-old Irish bred gelding Loughnatousa Iceman.
They will be competing at pre-novice and novice level this season.
Andrew said he was excited at the prospect of getting to grips with eventing: “I thought to myself I can do this, I’d like to have a go.
“I wanted a new challenge for this year and I have a few horses that I don’t want to debut in the dressage ring until next year. Therefore I felt this the perfect time for me to have some fun eventing.
“I don’t have any aspirations, but obviously I am a naturally competitive rider so I will want to do well – at least in the dressage phase! ‘Ice’ is such a lovely horse and is very experienced, so I am hoping he will teach me lots.”