An “Interview” with the Show Jumper (via his rider, Chile’s Gabriela Reutter!)
The 12-year-old Selle Français gelding (who goes by Monty at the barn), claimed back-to-back FEI 2* victories at WEF.
1. What’s your favorite thing about being in the show ring?
My favorite thing is jumping new fences and going to new venues. There’s nothing like going fast! The more atmosphere and people watching, the better. I also love taking care of my mom and making her happy (and getting lots of carrots and treats after).
2. What was it like to win twice at WEF?
I wanted to finish my season at WEF with a BANG! We had never won two classes in one week so I brought my A-game. I could feel that my mom wanted to win both classes so I gave it my best effort and had a great time. I was really proud of myself. Plus, I got lots of ribbons and two new coolers!
3. What is life like at home when you’re not actively training and competing?
It’s super chill! I spend time in the paddock, get lots of cuddles and ear rubs from my mom, go on trails, and do relaxing and stretching flats. I still have to maintain my fitness!
4. If you could eat any human food, what would it be and why?
Between you and me, I’ve tried piece of donut before and it was SO GOOD. More of those would be great. Also, it’s hard to say no to my cuteness, so I’ve tried fruits, veggies and granola bars. I’ve yet to try what humans call “bagels” and “tacos.” I’ll keep trying though.
5. Do you prefer the company of horses? Or humans?
I love attention and humans give me A LOT of attention. I am, without a doubt, the king of the barn. My stall is the first one, so anyone who comes in or out of the barn has to say hi to me, pet me, and give me treats. Otherwise I neigh as loud as I can.
*This story was originally published in the May 2021 issue of The Plaid Horse. Click here to read it now and subscribe for issues delivered straight to your door!