Everything Horse magazine February 2014 - Page 14

“I now have three Advanced horses, all of which I’ve had since they were babies so it’s really exciting. My aim now would be to establish consistent results at three-star as well as looking to expand my string. Longer term, I’ll be aiming towards Europeans and I know it’s a cliché and everybody says it, but I’d like to aim for Rio.” The base was previously occupied by Laura Collett, and whilst Flora insists she did not move to Membury to become estate owner Philip Walker’s stable jockey, it does not go unnoticed that Collett’s previous rides Allora 3 and Noble Bestman (competitive at three and four-star level respectively) would currently be without a rider. No doubt the addition of two horses of this calibre would be a welcome addition to Harris’ team of horses for the 2014 season, should the Walker’s decide to give her the ride. Flora’s top tips: • get tired because their reactions become slower. I think sometimes people underestimate how hard riders actually work in the saddle.” Goals and aims She goes on; “I now have three Advanced horses, all of which I’ve had since they were babies so it’s really exciting. My aim now would be to establish consistent results at three-star as well as looking to expand my string. Longer term, I’ll be aiming towards Europeans and I know it’s a cliché and everybody says it, but I’d like to aim for Rio.” Flora’s three Advanced horses have been selected for the World Class Equine Pathway, a scheme which affords them top class training as potential world championship contenders. Asked if she has a stable star or a favourite, she states that she couldn’t choose one. – really cheeky but a massive trier, and I felt he went beyond his level of talent because he just wanted to please. The right attitude in a horse is the single most important thing.” Do the simple things right; if you can do the basics well, everything else will follow. Don’t be afraid to revisit the basics frequently Make sure you’ve ticked every box prior to competition, and do things like packing the lorry the night before • Make sure your own fitness is up to scratch • Select your major events first, and then build B