What you didn’t know about… Tinka’s Serenade

Irish showjumper Billy Twomey talks to H&H about his feisty London 2012 ride.

Fact file

Stable name: Tinka

Age: 15

Height: 16.2hh

Breed: Anglo European Studbook (AES) mare

Sire: Tinka’s Boy

Dam: Serenade (by Carnaval Drum)

Discipline: showjumping

Rider: Billy Twomey

Owners: Sue & Eddie Davies

Groom: Alana Gamble

Best ever result: Rolex Top Ten champion, Gucci Masters, Paris, 2011

Five things you didn’t know…

1 She’s a fussy eater. One day she will eat mix but not nuts and then the next day vice versa, depending on her mood.

2 Tinka loves being turned out, but will jump out of the field if she’s on her own. She has to be with Charlie B – Billy’s daughter Evie’s pony.

3 She is very sensitive to noise in the warm-up and becomes lit up at public speaker announcements or music, but forgets as soon as she is in the ring.

4 She finished in the top 15 individually at both the last European Championships (Madrid 2011, 15th) and World Equestrian Games (Kentucky 2010, 13th).

5 Tinka was a late developer. It wasn’t until she reached the age of 12 that she started to relax and win the classes Billy always knew she could.

To read the full interview with Billy Twomey about Tinka’s Serenade see 10 August issue of H&H

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