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Show jumper and mounted games expert Amy Guy has traded in her jodhpurs and whip for a pugel stick and Spandex leotard to become a Gladiator.

As a youngster, former Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn’s Pony Club branch member Amy was a massive fan of the television programme Gladiators, first broadcast on ITV in the 1990s.

And now, at 25 years old, she is Siren, a new star of the show.

Amy originally auditioned to be a contender on the new series, but producers asked her to try out as a Gladiator instead.

She told H&H: “The two weeks’ training to become a Gladiator was very intense — and now we film two episodes a day from 6am-11pm for five weeks, which is tough.”

Wrexham-based Amy was on the Welsh mounted games and show jumping squads and played polo at university.

Now her sights are set on the modern pentathlon at the London 2012 Olympics.

Gladiators is shown at the weekend on Sky 1.

This article was first published in Horse & Hound (5 February, ’09)