Izzy Twiggs is an integral part of team Hardy Etc. Find out what makes her so special below…
Hi, I’m Izzy, I’m 17 years old and compete my 3 horses in a variety of disciplines. I mainly focus on eventing with British Eventing (BE) and Pony Club (PC), although I am also a very keen Tetrathlete. I have been riding since before I could walk & been lucky enough to learn the ropes on my older siblings’ ponies, and subsequently have been a member of Mendip Farmer’s Pony Club for over 10 years! I am a keen sportsperson aside from horses, which is shown through my love of Tetrathlon where I can combine the exciting cross country phase with athletics.
HOW MANY HORSES DO YOU OWN?
Fabriana is a 15.1hh bay Dutch Warmblood x Trakehner Mare who’s 9 years old. I bought Brie in spring 2014 as a rising 7 year old that was very green, in the hopes to produce her to Open PC standard as my forever horse. However, Brie has had a difficult past few seasons after undergoing multiple injuries that caused her to often be left to heal instead of going out competing! Having said that, she has fought through these setbacks and is now working towards competing at BE90 this season, having established herself Show Jumping at 100cm over the winter.
Budweiser is a bay 18.1hh Dutch Warmblood Gelding who’s 15 years old. He’s been part of the Twiggs family for the past 4.5 years after being bought for my older brother. Since 2014 I have taken him on as my own ride, competing at both PC and British Riding Club (BRC) National Championships in Show Jumping, Tetrathlon and Eventing in the 2014/2015 season. Unfortunately Bud had to miss the 2016 season although he’s back up and running now and we are optimistic about his performance this coming season!
Grace is my 15.2hh grey Thoroughbred Mare who’s 5 years old. Grace was bought by mother and I in August 2016 in the hopes to produce her for Eventing after she proved to not be suited to the Racetrack. I hope to have her established at BE80/90 by the end of this season, as she has such a fantastic and trainable attitude!
HOPES FOR 2017:
This season I hope to have all my horses up and running with no issues to compete PC and BE. I Specifically hope to be able to once again represent Southern England at the Tetrathlon Regional Championships, and successfully qualify for the National Championships in August. I would also like to represent my PC at Area Level for all disciplines, and to be able to come away with a successful season of learning and experience for Brie and Grace.
FAVOURITE HARDY ETC PRODUCT:
I absolutely adore my Sapphire Softshell Jacket, which is such a vibrant and crisp colour, meaning you can be spotted from a mile away! It is a fantastic fit and brilliant for keeping you warm and dry when training in the cold winter months, and I am seen wearing it all the time! This product will also be coming to Dartmoor with me for Ten Tors training as it is such a brilliant layer to have.
SOMETHING YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ME.
Back in 2014 I had been selected to represent Southern England at the Tetrathlon Regional Championships at Milton Keynes EC. I was beyond excited for this opportunity, however my hopes came crashing down when the horse I was using at the time became lame only a week before the competition, and so wasn’t able to be ridden for it. However, my fantastic team manager was determined to keep me on the team, and so told my parents that I could just use my brother’s “big horse”; referring to Budweiser, an 18.1hh Warmblood who I had never ridden before!! It is safe to say everyone thought myself and my parents were utterly mad upon seeing the equivalent of a pea on a drum in the startbox! We didn’t know what to expect as an outcome, as Bud is a fantastic XC horse, but we weren’t sure if he would even notice me on his back… So for those watching it was a case of squeezing their eyes tight shut and listening to the commentary! Despite the odds being against us (as I must reiterate I had never sat on the Bud before) we sailed round clear over the most technical course I had ever ridden at the time (admittedly with some dodgy lines and interesting moments..), coming through the finish to cheers and faces of amazements and disbelief! I really cannot thank Budweiser enough for all that he does for me, as it was after this we established our partnership together to achieve many successes (despite some negativity from others who believed him to be far too large to be ridden by me) to which I hope to add more in the 2017 season.