The Big Interview with Charlotte Dicker

Posted by admin on 22 February, 2019

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We asked international dressage rider Charlotte Dicker some quick fire questions recently and discovered her secret crush and what she’s really addicted to!

If you hadn’t been a rider which career path would you have taken? 

- If I wasn’t riding, I would love to have been a barrister. Alternately, I love the presentation of the horses, so a high competition groom would also have been another option. 

Do you have a nick name or used to and if so, what was/is it and why?

- I’m often called anything around the yard, anything which may get my attention! My grandmother often gets her names in a muddle, so I could be my auntie, cousin or any other of the staff!

Are you addicted to anything?

- Buying too many things for my horses!

Which guest’s dead or alive would you invite to a dinner party?

- My grandmother Jennie! She’s hilarious!

Best piece of advice that anyone has ever given you?

- Don’t fall off! Hold on tight and don’t let go!

Best advice you have given or could give someone?

- Avoid breaking your back at all costs.

Favourite meal and tipple?

- Can’t beat a roast dinner! A rare G&T doesn’t go a miss! 

If you could be invisible for the day what would you do?

- Sit with numerous trainers for the day. 

What is your favourite programme and why?

- Silent Witness, I enjoy a good thriller. 

Your favourite film and why?

- I really enjoyed watching ‘A Star is Born’ it gave me a very different insight into the other professions of the world.

Secret crush?

- Zac Efron, but who’s isn’t?!

What’s your top training tip?

- Every horse is different, and in that you have to approach every horse with a blank canvas and set yourself training targets over time. 

Who do you most admire?

- Carl Hester, I appreciate that in this industry money is often stereotyped to get you places. I think Carl has achieved so much from making his name entirely himself. Obviously support along the way helps tremendously, but he has come from a very ordinary background.

Last equestrian item you bought?

- My amazing Childéric saddle!

What makes you cry?

- Happiness… Emotions. I try not to often!

Who or what couldn't you live without?

- I now wouldn’t be able to live without my Childéric saddle! 

Which horse (dead or alive) would you love to own and why?

- Dutch Courage, he is an amazing type of a horse, I wish I could’ve ridden him.

Finally tell us what makes Childéric so special?

- I admire the dedication and attention to detail from all the team at Childéric. I am so proud to be amongst the team. Not only the team, but the saddles themselves are divine and I haven’t ridden in such comfort! Which for me now, after my injury is paramount that both I and the horses are in the most comfort.


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