Sophie goes Savills on us
9th May 2019 by Team Noble
We caught up with Sophie to find out about the new challenge she is embarking on, switching Cross Country colours for racing silks and competing in the Property race day at Ascot on Friday 12th July 2019 on behalf of her new employer, Savills:
Tell us a bit about why you chosen to take part in the Charity race day for Savills?
Having given up horses full time just over 3 years ago, I have since been living and working in London, finding the balance of work hard play hard. I hugely miss the outside lifestyle that horses give you, but with the race in mind its giving me a great excuse to get fit and get out riding at the weekends! Also, with the opportunity to ride on behalf of Savills and at Ascot - why not!
What have your preparations been so far in the build up to the race in terms of fitness/diet?
Fitness wise I am working out in the gym 2/3 times a week, as well as tennis and netball in the evenings and walking or cycling to work. For riding fitness, I am making the most of my weekends in the country and riding out each Saturday at a local trainer, Paul Webber. I ride 3 lots each Saturday, riding various horses and trying to ensure I keep putting up my stirrups each week. I feel I'm riding short at the moment, but its nothing near jockey length!
How does racing compare to your Eventing days?
It’s a completely different type of riding, and having always been told to sit into the horse, when your perched on top of a racing machine you do feel quite exposed! The core strength helps hold the position in balance to lean against the horse, and the horsepower underneath you is a truly magical feeling!
Tell us a bit about the horse you will be riding? What does it mean for you to get back in the saddle again?
At the moment the horse is still TBC, however I met with trainer Fergal O'Brian on Monday and fingers crossed he has got something in his yard that will be suitable. It is a lovely 5-year-old chestnut mare who I sat on for second lot and she was great! I am still looking around and contacting different trainers/owners in order to have other options and back up, because as we all know horses can be very unpredictable and I don't want to be left with no horse!
What is the Charity you are raising money for and why is it so close to your heart?
I have chosen Trusts for African Schools. TAS is a charity set up to support some of the poorest schools in Africa, primarily Kenya. Access to education is no longer the main problem for Africa's children, it's the quality of the education that is holding them back. Africa is a huge part of me and my family, and having spent a lot of time in the southern African countries like South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Kenya, I cannot think of anything better than to support a charity to do with an incredible continent that I have had some many amazing times in.
What Noble products have you been training in and how have they helped your performance?
I am always in my riding tights, as well as base layers and on the cold days I will put on the pinnacle jacket and explorer fleece. I am one to feel the cold, especially on the early mornings, and layering up in Noble keeps me toasty and also means that I'm not overloaded with too many big jackets when I want to be able to concentrate on my position.
Explorer Fleece Jacket
Balance Riding Tight
Hailey Long Sleeve Crew