- 15th April 2016 by Rowen Barbary
Donna Bamonte - #RBTeam
Introducing new #RBTeam Show Rider Donna Bamonte.........
How many horses are on your yard?
I currently have six horses on my yard consisting of 5 ex racehorses and one Miniature.
Could you tell us about your most memorable horse?
My most memorable horse has got to be Valentine Jak, because of what he has given to me on a mental level, keeping me focused and driven even through bad times. He is the perfect pick me up!!!'
What have been your high points and achievements to date?
My highest points are qualifying for the Horse Of The Year Show in 2013, 2014 and in 2015 in the Racehorse to Riding Horse of the Year class and being placed every time. I have also been 4th at HOYS with the miniature horses.
I also won my first race as an amateur jockey on my horse Wrecking Crew (aka Vinnie) who I trained solely in my spare time around my full time job in horse racing.. All achieved by sheer grit and determination.
What are your goals for 2016?
To qualify for HOYS is always a dream and a main focus for me. I am competing Valentine Jak in the ROR class at Royal Windsor this year as well as looking forward to the ROR final at Hickstead.
I aim to get my new novice ROR/Large Riding Horse Noble Jack (Jake) to the ROR National Show this year, let's hope he is a good boy!!!
Have you got any tips for aspiring show riders?
Follow your dreams as you CAN achieve them. Sheer dedication and determination will get you wherever you want to be in life.. Follow your instincts and intuition, it makes the end results so much more rewarding.