PRO’s Samantha Clark recently paid Tiana Coudray a visit at her new digs in Berkshire. Tiana has been able to successfully establish herself in the UK eventing scene and has a slew of promising horses in her program to keep her busy. While it was certainly a disappointment that we will not see Tiana and Ringwood Magister represent the USA at the World Equestrian Games this year, we are thrilled to see that she is happily settling into Soley Farm Stud.
“We have paddocks, the hacking is incredible, plus access to all the facilities next door at Boomerang so the indoor school, the outdoor arena, and all the cross country jumps and everything which is pretty cool, we’ve got pretty much everything you’d ever want, and then right across the motorway is Lambourn and everything for the racehorse is there — you’ve got probably the best gallops in all of England, and you’ve got swimming, and everything you’d have when you’ve got thousands of multi-million pound horses in one area. It’s quite easy, everything’s nearby and we’re right on the motorway,” Tiana told Samantha.
At the time this post was published, the USA squad had not yet been announced, but Tiana had some great things to say about her thoughts on the selection process.
“I’ve had so much good fortune in my life, I’ve got a lot to be thankful for and at the same time it’s not come easily — Finn has been seriously trying at times but at the same time he’s the best thing I’ve ever had. Yes, he’s been seriously trying but it just makes it that much more rewarding when he goes well. I think I have always seen it like that — you take the good with the bad, and the longer the bad goes on for, then the more thankful you are when you get a bit of good!
“Plus I love these quirky little personalities, it makes me laugh and it keeps life interesting! I suppose I’ve always wanted a bit of a two-way communication going on with the horses, I’ve never had one that just does it’s job and I don’t think I appreciate those sorts of horses as much as the really intelligent ones that have a bit of something about them and make you work for it a bit.”
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