This week in our series on young sporting talent we speak to Bubby Upton about the world of Eventing and what the future holds for her.
Why did you choose Eventing?
As soon as I was old enough to sit on a pony I caught the ‘riding bug’.
Which team are you in?
I have represented Great Britain five times at the Youth European Championships. This summer I was selected for the Senior Team Debut at the Nations Cup at Houghton Hall, Norfolk.
Did school play a role in your sporting career path?
Both St Johns College School, Cambridge, and Stowe School were extremely supportive. Stowe played a fundamental part in my Equestrian success by allowing me to fit my event training around school work.
Where do you train and who is your coach?
My six horses are based at home so day-to-day training happens there. Coaches for Dressage are Tracie Robinson and Judy Harvey and for Jumping are Tina Fletcher and John Ledingham.
How do you manage pre-event nerves?
I have a warm up routine which includes positive mental visualisation and breathing.
How do you deal with defeat and with victory?
I don’t like making mistakes, but I have learnt to reflect and learn from there. If I know that my horse and I performed to the best of our abilities, then I’m happy regardless of the result.
Do you have a sponsor?
Schockem√∂hle Sports, Dodson & Horrell, Devoucoux, Horse First Supplements, Neue Schule, Fairfax and Favor and Flair Nasal Strips.
What advice can you give to others wanting to excel within the world of sport?
Always follow your dreams. Life is short so take every opportunity that comes your way. You are never too good to learn so listen to peoples advice.
What one thing have you learnt along the way?
Stop and take time to appreciate and celebrate your victories as they are so special. Believe in yourself because if you don’t, then who will?
Are your parents involved and if so how?
Involved would be a huge understatement! My mum keeps the show on the road and she is my absolute rock and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her.