Perse student earns GB eventing performance programme place
21 Jan 2020
Rising rider Daisy Proctor (Lower Sixth) is aiming to represent Great Britain at the European Youth Championships after being selected for the British Eventing Youth Performance Programme.
The Perse student is no stranger to international success in eventing, which tests riders over three equestrian disciplines – dressage, show jumping and cross country. She won individual bronze and team gold with her GB team-mates at the FEI European Championships for Ponies in 2018.
Daisy moved up to junior level last year and continued to impress selectors with her displays. Now as a member of the Youth Performance Programme, she will be invited to attend training with national coaches, as well as receiving further funding and support, with the aim of being picked for the European Youth Championships at Hartpury in July.
She said: “I’m really excited because it means I’m another step closer to being part of the next GB U18 team for the Europeans. I’m really lucky to have this funding because I have completed a lot of training to stay at the top of the sport and the costs of maintaining your horse and competition fees can get very expensive.”
On reaching the age of 16, Daisy moved from riding ponies to horses and admitted initially finding the switch difficult. She has had her current horse, CDS Luca, for just over a year.
“Someone said it was like going from driving a speedboat to sailing a cruise ship which is a good comparison because you’ve got a lot more horse to manoeuvre,” said Daisy.
“I love the feeling of the rewards you get because obviously horses aren’t machines, you’re having to work with an animal which doesn’t just follow a pattern.”
Daisy hopes to continue her development with the goal of one day competing at the Olympics, inspired by the words of her eventing hero Piggy French, who won team gold with Great Britain at the World Equestrian Games in 2018.
She said: “Piggy works so hard to be her best in the sport and I’ve been lucky enough to meet her. She told me even when things aren’t going well, you have to look at the bigger picture and remember you’re working with an animal, but that the end result is if you work hard, you can achieve your aims.”