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On a beautiful day in May, we went to visit Greta Mason at Rodney Powell's competition yard in Wiltshire. Greta is an international event rider and the reigning 4*L British Under 25 National Champion. Born in Australia, she learnt to ride after moving to the United Kingdom at the age of eight.
Find out more about Greta and what makes her tick.
Honestly I don’t have a lot of spare time! We live and breathe the horses but I do try to get to the gym a few times a week and on the odd occasion it’s nice to catch up with friends and do something that’s not horse related. I’m always up for a nice dinner out.
What is your ultimate Hiho love (favourite piece from the Hiho collection) and why?
I’ve got a few Hiho pieces which I love and I nearly always keep the same pieces on 24/7 but my favourite one has to be my Cherry Roller bangle that I got for my birthday one year and I haven’t taken it off since.
You did amazingly well at Badminton Horse Trials, can you tell us a bit about your experience competing there and tips for anyone competing there for the first time?
It was a fantastic experience from the build up in the weeks leading up to it to the actual week being there. It’s amazing being in the famous Badminton stables and it’s a rather surreal feeling that you’re there as it’s what I’ve been working towards for the past 10 years!
I think my main tip for anyone competing there, especially for the first timer is to try not to change your plans or be overwhelmed just because it’s Badminton. You’ve got this far and your plan works and you know your horse better than anyone. I think that was particularly highlighted this year on the XC and how you rode the course really showed how well the riders knew their horses.
And finally - what is the best piece of advice you have received when it comes to eventing?
Try and stay positive, there will always be bad days but when you have a good day, it makes it all worth it.
You can find Greta @gretamasoneventing