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Q+A With Victoria Pendleton

For those of you who don’t know, allow us to introduce you to our newest Brand ambassador Victoria Pendleton. And with the most prestigious event in the horse racing world only a week away, let’s find out more about this amazing talented Jockey who wears our Christy Ascot towel with pride.

Tell us your Christy story.

Christy is a brand I became aware of through their support of  Team GB. We received products within out kit to make our stay in the London 2012 Olympic village more comfortable, the pillows and towels were of a lovely quality. It’s the little things that make all the difference.

How did you get into equestrian sport?

I was always into sports at school and wanted to be part of every team possible, it was the one subject that I excelled at, despite it seeming to be the least important on the curriculum. My dad was a keen competitive cyclist his whole life, racing domestically and even holding some hill climb records and a national championship title. I spent my childhood watching him race, it was only a matter of time before I followed in his footsteps. I was talent spotted at 16 by the national team and after university moved to train with the Great Britain team in Manchester the rest is history. In 2013 I was approached by a sponsor to take up a switching saddles challenge, learning to become a jump jockey in 12 months to ride at Cheltenham festival in the amateur race, the Foxhunters Chase, a 3-mile race over 22 steeplechase fences. I had never ridden a horse before and had my first lessons with Yogi Breisner, before spending some time at the BHA British Racing School, I knew instantly that is was something I wanted to try! It was so exhilarating. Some of my cycling training really helped me to become a jockey; core stability, leg strength, focus and determination. I raced some flat races, point-to-point and some hunter chases and ended up coming 5th very unexpectedly in the Foxhunters Chase on the beautiful horse called Pacha du Polder, I love that horse he looked after me. Since that experience I have continued to ride, I have two retired thoroughbreds which I am retaining to become eventers. I have also tried a little showjumping for charity and some polo. Horses are a big and permanent part of my life.

What is a typical day in your life like? 

I walk my dogs in the morning, and then go to the yard to ride my two horses. I come back for lunch and often head into London for meetings or engagements. I have a portfolio career so  lots of different opportunities come my way! I try to make the most of it and experience as much as possible. I tend to do fitness work in the evenings. I have a gym at home with plenty of equipment so I am very lucky, and I love keeping in shape.

How did you find the Christy photoshoot 

I love doing photo shoots! Doing something a bit different. I’ve never been in a bath full of foam before! It was fun and I really liked the images. It is lovely to feel glamourous when you spend so much time in riding breeches and polo shirts!

Where did your love of horses begin?  Do you own any? 

I have two horses, According to Sarah who is a lovely chestnut mare and Vesperal Dream my elegant black beauty (those are their official racing names) they are both retired racehorses from great yards. I love them to bits.

Do you have any healthy living tips for our readers related to fitness? 

Little and often is the key! Rope friends into committing to a plan with you, it’s always more fun to work out with people rather than alone. If you struggle to get motivated, enter an event to work towards, maybe for a charity you care about to help push you at training when you are struggling.

Describe your interior style in 3 words 

Minimal, neutral, natural.

What’s your favourite room in your home?

My bedroom it’s cozy and relaxing. It is my haven. Sleep is really important to me.

If you could give your teenage self, one bit of advice, what would it be? 

Worry less about the future and enjoy the moment!

Where is your happy place? 

The Yard with my horses or out in the woodland on a hack in the dappled sunshine.

Greatest achievement in your life to date? 

Finishing 5th in the Fox-hunters chase at Cheltenham festival…. oh and a couple of Olympic gold medals!

 

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