Leading up to Horse Of The Year, we have a chat to leading New Zealand show rider Natacha Otto about life in the show ring and why she likes riding in a PH Royal 2.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RIDING IN THE SHOW RING?
I have been riding in the show ring since u starting riding at the age of 4
YOU HAVE BEEN AN EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL RIDER, WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING WIN?
I have been very lucky to ride and produce some beautiful animals, but my most special win would be my first Hack OTY on Regal Romar, our workout was a once in the life time ride and when I halt to present to the judges I had tears. I knew we had done our best
HOW MANY SHOW PONIES DO YOU HAVE?
I have currently 3 out competing with 2 young ones waiting to come in during the winter.
YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO RIDE IN PH SHOW SADDLES FOR MANY YEARS. WHY DO YOU CHOOSE A PH OVER ANOTHER BRAND?
I have ridden in a PH saddle for the last few seasons. I have had trouble finding a saddle to fit my Park Hack Cuv'ee and purchased a second hand PH Pirouette which fitted him like a glove, it didn't twist and was lovely to ride in, it ticked all the boxes for me.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE FEATURES OF THE PH ROYAL 2?
Where do I start, it's a beautiful looking saddle. It's just so comfortable to sit in, it's puts you in the best possible position and let's you ride so correctly. I think it's the nicest saddle I have ever had.
WHAT ARE YOU GOALS FOR 2016?
I am looking forward to getting a new hack out next season, it's been a while since I have been in the hack ring.
ANY GOOD LUCKY CHARMS?
My husband always gives me a good luck kiss before I go into the ring.