Coming to Saut Hermès in Paris means a lot for me for many reasons. Firstly, I am sponsored by Hermès and secondly I love this show – and to do well and perform well here in a Grand Prix would be like having a dream come true. Secondly, a few years ago I started a new stage in my life with training with Neco and signing the sponsorship with Hermès and this was my first big show in Europe back then – so back at that point it was a big deal for me to come here. I remember being a bit anxious, all the riders that I look up – my idols – they were here showing. From there to now so many things have happened in my life and in my career, and I have been trying to learn, learn and learn. I finished Wellington pretty well, my mare Sancha is back jumping amazing like she used to, I got engaged to the girl of my dreams – two years later a lot of things have changed both in my personal life and in my career and now showing here I come with expectations.
Results are always circumstantial, you might win or you might have a rail down – but both rounds can feel fantastic. I feel that my horses will be jumping good here though.
It’s not possible not to be happy here! We are in Paris in the Grand Palais and it’s stunning! Hermès treats all of us like super stars. We get presents, a reception, lots of attention – if you are not happy here then I think you really need a psychiatrist.
I got Conconcreto Believe as a six year old, like my other horses I produced her from she was a youngster – and she has come along great. I know her well now, she is fast and careful. Most important our fourth place in the big class today qualifies us for Saturday’s team class that I did not get to ride two years ago. I am really looking forward to it!
I had a lot of fun in the Hermès shop here, I was showed around and ended up doing a little shopping during my three hours in there. I got something nice for my mum, dad, brother and fiancé – and also for the horses. I am not a good shopper, and I don’t like shopping very much because I don’t like getting too many things for myself. I feel stressed with too many things around me, I like to keep count of what I have – and I hate to lose things which means I cannot have too many of them as then I will have too much to take care of.
Still I bought myself some beautiful shoes, and a blazer that makes me look like a super star – that is what Hermès can do. I will probably use my spare time here for dinner with friends so I can dress up a little, and just enjoy Paris. It’s good to be back in Europe!
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