No likey for event rider on Take Me Out

  • Sam EcroydAn 18-year-old event rider who appeared on ITV’s Take Me Out has said he will not be seeing his date again.

    Chester-based junior team rider Sam Ecroyd starred on the show for the second time on Saturday (16 January).

    Sam was filmed on his date to the “Isle of Fernando’s” with Joanna.

    “You never know I could get a cheeky kiss at the end of it,” he said as he awaited Joanna’s arrival.

    The pair enjoyed a romantic meal before being taken out on a boat to swim with turtles.

    Sam was slated by Joanna for his choice of jewellery and eventually removed the necklace he was wearing.

    Despite this, 26-year-old Joanna told Sam she would like to see him again and that their eight-year age gap was not a problem.

    “I have always dated younger guys,” she said.

    However, Sam later confessed on camera that he did not plan to see Joanna again.

    “I don’t at all want to go on a second date,” he said.

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    In the previous episode (9 January) Sam made a dramatic entrance to the Take Me Out studio in a blue suit, moon walking to Roy Orbison’s Pretty Woman.

    He went on to reveal that he has a passion for fishing, once ate 64 corner yogurts in one week, and showers in his socks.

    Sam was left with eight girls to whittle down before he eventually chose Joanna.

    “It was an amusing experience and I’m glad I did it,” Sam told H&H following the show.

    “Maybe I am a little bit young to be going on a show like this, but I enjoyed it none the less.

    “I wasn’t sure what reaction me being an eventer would make, but it seemed to go down quite well.”

    Sam added that the distance between him and Joanna contributed to his choice not to go on a second date.

    “We all know how much time the horses take up so I think I would struggle to make regular trips down to London,” he said.

    Sam has won four European medals including team gold and has been based with Alex Hua Tian, Irish show jumper Billy Twomey and most recently World champion Michael Jung.

    He currently has six event horses he is competing as well as youngsters he is bringing on.

    “I am ambitious and lucky enough to have a team of wonderful horses,” he said.

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