Welcome to our feature, 10 minutes in the tackroom. This is a regular feature where we ask riders, businesses and charities 12 questions and they have a maximum of 10 minutes to answer them.

This week in the saddle we have Gemma, You can follow Gemma on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Gemma also has her own website, where you can follow her progress.

Tell us about your horse!

Equissimo dutch dressage hacking in woods

Casual (Cash) to his friends is a 10 year old KWPN who I have on loan.  He was imported as a youngster and spent a couple of years doing BE and BS before I took over.  We now concentrate on Dressage.  Cash loves food and is quite lazy, he will only ever give what you ask from him.  It makes for interesting riding.  He adores Hacking and is a different horse out in the woods to when we go in the arena.

Equissimo Dutch Dressage

Tell us a horse joke!

Why did the horse cross the road?  Because someone shouted Hay!

What do you do when you aren’t with your horse?

Usually I’m running around after kids, ferrying them from activity to another!  I also love reading and entertaining friends and family.

What do you love about the horsey community?

I love how supportive it can be in times of lack of confidence or during injury when the chips are down, people always rally round.

What do you dislike about the horsey community?

People can be so quick to judge, everyone’s circumstances are different and what works for one animal or partnership won’t always work for another.  It’s about what works for you and your horse.

Do your family share your passion of horses?

My mum does, she always rode when I was younger, she’s now my driver and groom, I couldn’t do it without her!

My daughter loves helping out at the yard but my husband and son aren’t really bothered.

Tell us your funniest horse related story!

Under pressure I can’t think of any :-(

Who is your favourite famous horse rider?

Geoff Billington Read more about Geoff Billington here

Who is your favourite famous horse?

It’s Otto Read more about It's Otto here

How many times have you fallen off?

Oh lost count a long time ago lol!

What horsey product can’t you live without?

My insulated waterproof trousers!  Perfect for any occasion all year round.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself!

I can’t stand earwigs – the thought of them makes me feel sick!

Well done Gemma! you have completed the 10 minutes in the tackroom challenge. If you would like to take part in the challenge, email info@equissimo.co.uk.

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