Event rider Alexander Whewall had the biggest win of his career when he won the Smith & Williamson
Intermediate Championship with Chakiris Star at The Festival of British Eventing. Eventing Worldwide caught up with Alexander to find out his earliest competitive memory, who he admires and which horse he would most like to ride.
How did you get into horse riding? I went for a riding lesson with my cousin at the local riding school when I was 12 and I haven’t looked back!!
Tell us about your first pony? well I was 14 and he was a 17.2hh called Hanze. He was a nightmare to catch and we would spend hours chasing him around the field.
What is your earliest competition memory? It wasn’t a great one – I went to a showjumping show for Banwell PC on Hanze and he walked through the first jump and stopped at the 2nd! Jumping wasn’t his fortè.
When did you realise you wanted to ride for a living? I realised I wanted to be with horses and ride 24/7 and couldn’t see myself doing anything else.
Tell us about your current string of horses? I am very lucky I have some lovely horses to ride! Ranging from 4 year olds up to 3* horses. They have all been performing very consistently and are making good progress as they move up through the levels.
What are your aims for the rest of the season and beyond? I want the horses to finish the season confident and happy, ready for next season as I have big aims for next year. But ultimately I would love to represent my country.
Which is your favourite event and why? My new favourite event is Gatcombe (Festival of British Eventing) as Chakiris Star won the Intermediate championships there. There is always such a great atmosphere.
What has been the best advice you have been given, and who gave it to you? Believe in Yourself. Trainers past and present have told me this but Lizzel Winter, who I have trained with the last couple of years, always instills this to me especially when I’m having a bad day.
What advice would you give to young event riders? Don’t Give Up. It takes a lot of hours and years of hard work. It doesn’t come easy but if you keep at it, it will happen.
Which rider do you admire most and why? Chris Burton. He is always seems so cool and relaxed when under huge pressure and horses perform so well for him.
If there was an event horse, past or present, that you could ride who would it be and why? My favourite at the moment is Chilli Morning. There is something about him I have always loved and he looks great fun to ride.