In the first of our series meeting the people who make Moreton Show happen, we hear from Katie Preece from our Horse Committee. Katie spent 2019 as our acting show secretary and she’s now head girl at Red Barn Farm and Stud in Turkdean. Our horse section at Moreton Show has around 800 horses and riders and our classes include qualifiers for the Horse of the Year Show at the NEC in Birmingham and the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead. Our equine section showcases top class competition and world-class horse welfare. At Moreton Show - we LOVE horses.
Tell us about your first horse or pony?
My first pony was a chestnut. I’ve always had a thing for a chestnut! She was a Welsh Section A pony called Jemima. I took her to local shows and entered the veteran classes and the gymkhanas!
Why do you love horses and the equestrian life?
I love the bond between humans and horses and watching horses develop and grow. They are so good for our mental well-being and they get us outside into the countryside and the fresh air.
Who is your favourite horse? And why?
My favourite horse is my own horse Pumpkin. He is my partner in crime and our bond is so strong. However, I am very privileged to look after and work with some amazing horses that I love dearly.
What and where was the best horse ride you’ve been on?
Last year I was lucky enough in between lockdowns to travel with the horses for a riding holiday to the Gower. I got to ride in the sea and gallop along the beach in the summer sunshine.
What’s your favourite equine discipline and why?
Eventing and Showjumping because of the adrenaline buzz you get from jumping.
Which horse would you love to own?
London 52 ridden by Laura Collett
Which rider do you most admire?
Giovanni Ugolotti (Italian event rider). I am lucky enough to have lessons with him and he teaches me so much.
Do you have a favourite film or TV show which features horses?
Heartland! (set on a Canadian ranch)
What do you love most about the horse section at Moreton Show?
I love the excitement of the Six Bar Challenge in the Grand Arena and seeing such a huge array of horse breeds in the showing classes. It’s so educational to see all the different types of conformation the judges look for within the breeds.