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Tess Carmichael

Born in Australia, Tess Carmichael Showjumper rides today for the Great Britain flag. She would have become a rally driver if she had not been a rider, Tess is now a regular of the 1* circuit of the Longines Global Champions Tour, but is also a Mulberry ambassador, the "So British" luxury brand.

Hi Dereck

I think there is so much up in the air around Brexit at the moment! For us I think it will mean that it won’t be so easy for us to travel through Europe anymore. I could see us ending up with much tighter border controls and increased paperwork which will inevitably be more expensive and time consuming!

It may put more people off coming to shows in England but I don’t think it will put many English people off going to shows abroad. We don’t have so many internationals in England so I know I would still want to go to Europe to compete.

Hopefully it won’t have too much of a negative influence!

Thanks for your question.
Tess ☺

Hi Mark

The Global Champions League (GCL) is so unique. There is nothing else like it in show jumping and for our sport to develop with the times, something like this was needed. Unless riders compete on teams for their countries there was no other opportunity to jump for a team or be able to be on a team with riders from other countries. The GCL allows them to do this. It adds another element to our sport which I think is a good thing.

The Longines Global Champions Tour was the first of its type when it started and I think the development of the GCL was a natural progression. Jan Tops is always looking for ways to promote and develop the sport. With the Global Champions Tour he’s not content with staying the same, for him it’s important to keep improving it and developing it. He’s continually adding new locations and now with the team event it’s another very unique competition.

I would personally love to jump on the GCL for a team but I need to be a MUCH better rider and MUCH MUCH braver!!

Thanks for your question!
Tess ☺

Hi Jodie!

The Queen is a great Equestrian and I love her passion for racing! I think she is also very interested in showing and can often been seen at Royal Windsor Horse Show which takes place in the gardens of her Castle!

Thanks for your question!

Tess :)

Hi Kessy!

I think there’s a lot more choice now when it comes to fashion for both riders and horses and to me that’s a good thing! Gucci and Hermes have been creating wardrobes for horses and riders for many years!

I like to feel as confident as I can when I go into the ring and a big part of that is feeling good in what I’m wearing. I hope to then at least look the part! I think you should take pride in your appearance when you compete but that doesn’t mean you have to wear expensive brands.

Looking smart isn’t going to make your horse jump higher, but I think if you want to be seen as professional you should make an effort with your appearance. Make sure your boots are clean! All the top riders look immaculate when they go in the ring.

Thanks for your question!

Tess :)

Hi Alrike

I have a 2.1 degree in BSc(Hons) Business Management (Equine) from Imperial College London. It’s probably not what you would need if you wanted to become a rider or work with horses but it has taught me a lot about managing my own business, which is essentially what a yard is!

I think in this industry you cannot have enough experience. I am still constantly learning! I would advise anyone wanting to have a career to get as much experience on as many types of professional yards as possible. Have a good attitude, make the most of every opportunity and build good contacts! The horse world is a small one it helps to know people.

Thanks for your question!
Tess ☺

Hi Marian

Injuries are unfortunately part of having horses, especially competition horses. We do our absolute best to manage them and keep them injury free but unfortunately sometimes it’s just unavoidable.

I find it very difficult when my horses get injured, mostly because I don’t like the thought of them being in pain. The competition aspect of it is secondary to me. It’s annoying yes when you’ve worked hard to get them fit and ready for a competition but the main thing is their health and well-being.

Last year I took my horse Harley to Paris. He jumped amazing the first day and was third in his first class. The second day he had a small overreach that got a skin infection. He was very lame and sore on it and couldn’t compete. It was frustrating but I was more relieved that it was something that looked terrible but he would recover in small space of time. True enough he was lame throughout the show but trotted up sound the first day home!

Thanks for your question!
Tess ☺

Hi Emily

I have used Martin Collins surfaces throughout my yard because I genuinely believe that they are the best surfaces! My horses use their surfaces at some point nearly every day so it’s important that they are confident working on them and they get the support they need from the surface. Martin Collins are very knowledgeable and gave me great advice on what to use where. Their after care service is also fantastic and they continually give me useful guidance on maintaining the surfaces so we get the best out of them.

Horses need to feel confident with the surface they’re working on especially when jumping. My older horses can sometimes feel their feet a little so it’s important not to have a surface that’s too hard. The ones that are a bit careful don’t like a surface that holds them too much. In England our surfaces also need to cope with a lot of different weather conditions!!!

Sometimes when you go to a show and the ground isn’t great. They may not enjoy the take off or landing or want to travel well on it and this can have a detrimental effect on their performance.

Thanks for your question!
Tess ☺

Hi Kim

This is a very embarrassing story but when I was about 12 my friend had a fancy dress party and we had to go as our idols. I went as John Whitaker! Even from a young age he has been such an inspiration and to now be able to compete at the same shows at him on the Longines Global Champions Tour (in different sections but he’s still there!) is like a childhood dream come true!

When Nick Skelton won his Individual Gold Medal in Rio, that was a fairytale. He has been through so much to get to that historic achievement.

I have a huge amount of respect for all the riders at the top level. I know how much determination, dedication and hard work it has taken me to get to my level, and what they do is a completely different league!

They all inspire me to try and do the best I can with my riding.

Thanks for your question.
Tess ☺

Hi Philippa

JUMPFAX is amazing! I was a big fan of their app before I became a JUMPFAX FRIEND. I think what they do is fantastic; it makes it so easy for me to follow the results from all the shows and for me to plan my season. You have access to all the schedules, show, rider and horse information.

I think the industry really needed something like this technology. My phone is with me 99% of the time so to have access to so much information through their app is so helpful!

They also present it in such a creative way. I follow them on Instagram and they are constantly giving updates on the shows. They also have beautiful photos from the shows and give you a great feel for the events!

Thanks for your question.
Tess ☺

Hi Aimee

I had a great job in the corporate world with amazing career opportunities but my heart just wasn’t in it because all I wanted to do was to be with the horses! I think working in that industry helped me learn a lot about managing my own business and I learnt skills that I use daily now.

I don’t have a corporate job anymore to support my riding but I know a lot of riders that do and I have a huge amount of respect for them. I find it hard enough to juggle what I do on a day-to-day basis!

Show jumping is an expensive sport to take part in. I also run a livery yard, rent our facilities and do some training but the money I make from this isn’t enough to do the sport at the level I do it at. I have a lot of support from my parents which means that I’m lucky enough to produce my own horses without the pressure to sell them on which a lot of other riders have to do for their career. I couldn’t do it to this level without their support and I’m very fortunate to have it.

Thanks for your question!
Tess ☺