In the latest of a series of interviews designed to introduce BHS members to their local committee, we meet David Britnell, who joined the Buckinghamshire committee in late 2012…
Name: David Britnell
Lives: In the stunning Chiltern hills!
Age (a ballpark please!): 21
Family: I live with my parents and sister, and the horses.
Occupation: I’m a registered BHSAI and work freelance here, there and everywhere.
Tell us about… your first pony: My first pony was called Timmy. He was a New Forest that was used in mum's Riding School and then taught my sister and I to ride.
…the first fall you can remember: Probably learning to jump on Timmy. There are other, more memorable, falls though. For example, when I vaulted on to my older horse, Buddy, in the field and he bolted off bucking as he went. I flew off and landed in the bomb hole in the field!
…the first rosette you remember winning: I can't remember, but it will have been at a Pony Club competition of some sort.
…your horsey highlight: Coming 5th in the BE100 Grassroots Championships at Badminton this spring, on Continuity, was very special. Also, riding on the beaches in Norfolk when on holiday was good fun.
…your most embarrassing horsey moment: I can think of a couple! I once pulled all the buttons off my jacket right before a dressage competition, when I tried to vault on (normally not a problem) and the horse moved out of the way so I missed. Secondly, on my last run of the season last year I galloped right past the penultimate fence on the cross-country, thereby missing out on second place on my birthday. It was my sister's horse, too, oops!
…your current horse(s): I currently have Brad (Continuity) who is competing at Novice BE and Elementary BD, and James (Newmiln Jamestown) who is also at Novice BE and Elementary/Medium BD. I also have Buddy, who was my second horse and took me to Intermediate Novice BE, Medium BD, and to the Pony Club Championships in most disciplines.
Do you compete? What is your preferred discipline? I really enjoy the thrill of eventing.
What’s your equine ambition? To complete Badminton.
Share your yard secrets, please… what are your best time saving tips? Get up early and crack on!
What about money saving tips? Keep fewer horses...
Tell us about your involvement with the BHS… what is your role on the committee? I’m the Junior rep, so basically the 'voice of the youth' for BHS members in the region.
How did you get involved with the BHS? I joined to take my exams and benefit from the knowledge of the organisation.
What’s your favourite part of the role? I enjoy being able to try to improve the BHS in our county.
Thanks, David! Next time, we meet another Buckinghamshire committee member.