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 Beth Roberts, you can follow Beth on her Facebook page

Tell us about your horse

Chilli Boy is a 16.1hh, 20 year old, TB gelding who I've owned for 10 years. I didn't set out to buy an ex-racehorse but he's converted me & now I wouldn't have anything else.

We mainly do dressage, competing at Novice & Elementary. We have qualified for the Regional League Finals & the Racehorse to Dressage Horse Finals at the Retraining of Racehorse (RoR) National Championships at Aintree in August. We are also members of the North West RoR dressage team, RoRsome & are regularly out Team Questing.

Chilli is a typical grey and loves getting dirty but isn't too keen on being groomed or bathed.

Beth Roberts

Tell us a horse joke

No Answer Given

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

I spend most of my non-horse time trying to fit in my boyfriend and a social life.

What do you love about the horsey community?

I love being part of a team. Since I've been involved with RoR competitions & activities I've made loads of friends and feel like we're all incredibly supportive of each other. There's something great about turning up at a show or clinic & knowing you're always going to have a friend there.

Beth Roberts

What do you dislike about the horsey community?

I don't like people who are judgemental or negative. Constructive criticism can be really useful but I find some people struggle with the ‘constructive’ part & are more focused on the ‘criticism’.

Do your family share your passion of horses?

My mum doesn't ride but often comes to shows with me & is awesome at rolling Chilli's travel bandages and my aunt has always had horses. The rest of the family have more sensible hobbies.

Tell us your funniest horse related story?

The first year I competed at the RoR National Championships I'd competed over three days and been traveling Chilli there each day. I got home very late on the Sunday night, unloaded and went straight home as I was shattered.

I spent the following day (bank holiday Monday) at the yard sorting tack out, cleaning the trailer and unpacking. I got in my car and headed home for an early night. Halfway home I got a phone call from another livery asking if I'd forgotten anything. I was adamant I hadn't, I'd done everything. It was only when she asked me if I knew where Chilli was that I realised I’d mucked out and put his tea, net, etc in his stable but left poor Chilli stood round the corner. He was tied up waiting patiently for me to put him to bed and I was halfway home!

Beth Roberts

Who is your favourite famous horse rider?

Louise Robson of Thoroughbred Dressage.

I've had several lessons with Louise and have a huge amount of respect for how she adapts to each different horse and rider that she trains. Her own team of horses are also a real credit to her training and abilities

Read more about Louise Robson here.

Who is your favourite famous horse?

Arctic Soul

Read more about Arctic Soul here.

How many times have you fallen off?

Too many to count! I used to do a lot more jumping than I do now so I used to do a lot more falling off. I've not fallen off yet this year so am probably overdue.

What horsey product can't you live without?

My trailer! It's only a really old Ifor Williams but I've waited a long time to have my own & it gives me & Chilli the freedom to go where we want, when we want.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?

I suffer from Scoliosis which means I have an S shaped curve in my spine so I have two metal rods holding it as straight as possible. Unfortunately, this means I'll never be totally straight in the saddle.

Beth Roberts

Well done Beth, You have completed the #10minutesinthetackroom challenge. If you would like to take part in the challenge please email info@equissimo.co.uk.

Comments (0)

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published.