EQUESTRIANISM: A Denver dressage rider has been called up to ride for Great Britain in the FEI European Championships in France next month.
Lewis Carrier, 21, is part of GB’s four-strong young rider team competing at Fontainebleau from July 9-15.
Carrier will be riding his own 10-year old gelding Diego V and has owned the 16.2 hands high dark bay for six years.
He said: “I am really looking forward to this amazing opportunity and hope to do well for my team and country.
“After consistently getting in the top five at my first two internationals, I am quite confident but know it will be much tougher competition.”
He will join the rest of the team at Kilbees Farm in Berkshire, for a pre-championship camp on Thursday before heading across the Channel next Saturday.
It is all a far cry from when he first started riding, at the age of seven.
Carrier said: “I first rode properly when my parents bought my first pony, Bella, and had lessons at Blackborough End. I started dressage training and was a regular member of West Norfolk Hunt Pony Club, always winning the best dressage rosette.
“My first competition was at Wallington Hall and over the years I had four ponies and always competed regularly at dressage shows, sometimes dipping into show jumping and eventing.”
After leaving school, Carrier gained a place at Hartpury College and secured a place in the elite dressage squad.
He is already looking beyond the Europeans and has ambitions to reach the u25 Grand Prix before considering coaching certificates and other things he will need to make his way as a professional rider and trainer.
“Long term I want to set up a business with my own yard, to compete at Grand Prix and compete in senior teams,” he said, adding: “I couldn’t do what I do without a great bunch of professional people around me.”