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Spencer Roe’s Blog – September

Spencer competing at the Alltech World Equestrian Games

Spencer competing at the Alltech World Equestrian Games

Welcome to the first of our regular blogs from our newest sponsored rider, Spencer Roe:
“Now I am part of the HorseHage team, I have been asked to write a blog introducing myself and keeping you up to date with my career in showjumping.

So to start, I am a 21-year-old show-jumper based in Lincolnshire, currently ranked number 20 in the UK. I have been part of Team GB for the last three years with my top horse, Wonder Why, but my career has really taken off in the last five months.

Representing Team GB
“It started with being chosen to represent Great Britain in my first 5* Nations Cup in St Gallen, Switzerland last May. To be chosen to represent my country was a great honour, but to win at my debut Nations Cup at that level was unbelievable! Wonder Why jumped two amazing rounds, just picking up one time fault in each round.

On the back of that win, we were then picked for the teams for Rotterdam, Netherlands and Falsterbo, Sweden; where the team was 4th and 6th respectively.

Dublin Horse Show
“Our next big adventure was the Nations Cup in Dublin.  By this time it was looking bleak for Team GB as we were close to being relegated from Division One. Rob Hoekstra had brought out his big guns: World No.1 Scott Brash, World No. 3 Ben Maher, World No. 61 Joe Clee and me…World No. 320. The pressure was on; we needed the win!

By the end of the first round we were in joint first with the Netherlands on 0; with Scott, Joe and I having gone clear and Ben having had an unfortunate four faults. I was third to go in the second round, with Ben and Joe both having four faults, the team needed a clear. As I waited to jump I was nervous, but as soon as I started jumping I forgot everything else and just focused on the course. Wonder Why jumped incredibly, mirroring our clear from the first round.

Between us we managed to gain second place, which as first place went to the USA, we took the 100 points we needed, qualified for the Nations Cup Final and remained in Division One. Job done!

The World Equestrian Games
“At the start of this year if someone had told me I’d be competing at the World Equestrian Games, I wouldn’t have believed them. I’m still pinching myself now!

Being chosen to represent my country at championship level was a great honour and even though we didn’t qualify for Rio, I am still grateful for the chance Rob Hoekstra gave me and experience I gained.

What’s next?
“Next month I will be off to Barcelona for the Nations Cup Final. I’ll also be taking a couple of my younger horses, as I will be staying in Spain for a month and going to shows in Vilamoura and Oliva. So I’ll be writing my next blog from there, hopefully I’ll be able to bring you some good news from the final.”