Πέμπτη, Οκτώβριος 01, 2009

Toni Terry to ride at Olympia

Toni Terry, wife of Chelsea Football Club and England Captain John Terry,
will be fulfilling her dream to ride at Olympia, The London International
Horse Show (15-21st December) when she takes part in a specially
choreographed pas de deux with trainer Vicki Thompson-Winfield, Olympic
rider, 16 times National Champion, at this year's show.

At Olympia on Wednesday evening (16th), Toni will ride her own Grand Prix
Schoolmaster horse, Diamond Fritz, alongside Vicki Thompson on Oldencraig
Papillon, in a very special five minute performance, choreographed to a
Michael Jackson collaboration.

Toni has been training with Vicki, 16 times National Dressage Champion, at
Oldencraig Equestrian Centre for just over a year, and puts in some solid
work, training five times a week for around two and a half hours a time. It'
s beginning to pay off and Toni has some serious ambitions, now that she has
a little more time to spare as her children - twins Georgie and Summer - are
getting older.

In a recent interview with The Sunday Mirror, Toni said: "I've always worked
and I feel strongly about having my own career. That only ended when I fell
pregnant. Before I felt I was John's wife and a mum first and foremost. Now
I think I have something to say - especially about the equestrian world. My
aim is to get to the top levels of dressage. I don't just want to be known
as John's wife but also as a working mum."

Toni owns three horses kept at Oldencraig. In addition to Diamond Fritz
there is Del Boy, a black Stallion named after the Only Fools and Horses
character (one of her huusband's favourite programmes) and a Hanovarian
Stallion called Beltoni, with whom she has enjoyed phenomenal success.

The 5 year old, ridden by Vicki, just last week competed in the National
Dressage Championships at Stoneleigh, winning the Shearwater Potential
International Young Dressage Horse Championship, and has won every other
National and International competition it's entered this year. Beltoni also
came ninth in the World Young Horse Breeding Championships in Verden,
Germany in August, so it's clear the Terry's have an outstanding horse on
their hands.

It's important for Toni to concentrate on her riding and make it on her own
merit. She has the utmost respect and admiration for others in the Dressage
community saying: "There are people who have been doing dressage all their
lives - sweat, blood and tears. I don't just want to come in and have an
easy path. I want to work hard and deserve it."

Ahead of Toni's performance at Olympia, commentator Nick Brooks-Ward will
interview Toni in the main arena about her new found passion and vistors
will have the chance to see some of her preparatory work shown on the big
screen. Vicki will also ride Beltoni in the arena, so Dressage fans can take
a look at the young, up-and-coming horse.

Toni said: "I'm scared witless but enormously excited about performing at
Olympia. I attended the show last year and the atmosphere was incredible, so
to realise my dream of actually performing there is amazing. I'm really
looking forward to watching all the riders competing in the World CupT
Qualifer and hope that someday, with a lot of hard work, I might get to that
level."