Nicky Patrick

My name is Nicky Patrick.

I'm a freelance dressage rider and trainer based in Worcestershire. I've represented Great Britain on a number of occasions throughout Juniors, Young Riders and Seniors with a few incredible horses!
I love competing and also really enjoy training people of all levels.

How old were you when you started riding?I can't remember a time when I didn’t ride! Must have been around 2 or 3!

What was the name of the first horse you ever rode?She was a cheeky Shetland called Lucy. I had to have grass reins all the time or we would just make a beeline to the nearest bit of grass!

Who has been your inspiration?Lots of people have inspired me; my parents have inspired me to work hard and keep trying even when the going gets tough, and as far as inspirational riders, I've always thought Edward Gal is magical to watch!

When was the last time you fell off?I'm actually writing this from a sofa with my leg up!! I had a little whoopsie 3 weeks ago which involved my leg getting crushed! I've had it operated on, pinned, plated and bone grafted and I'm hoping to be back on board ASAP!

What is the one horsey item you could not live without?There's too many to choose from! Trends change and new products come out so often, but I have to say, my Elevator double bridle is probably the thing I've had the longest and is still a key part of my kit! It will be 11 years old this year and still looks great!

What is the best piece of advice you have been given by a fellow horseman/woman?Be patient! Rhett Bird, my trainer, is an amazing horseman and among other things, his patience is incredible and we all know you can't rush horses if you want to do the job properly!

If you could ride any horse in the world, who would it be?There are so many I would love to have a sit on!! High up on my list would be Edward Gal's Undercover and of course Valegro!

Black or brown tack? Black.

If you could ride at any venue in the world, where would it be? I would love to ride at Olympia. The show is incredible with such an awesome atmosphere. To ride at a show like that with a home crowd would be amazing!

Do you have any horsey superstitions, (odd socks, at competitions etc)?I have a lucky belt that I like to wear when I'm competing and I have to make sure all the keepers on my bridle are in, but I try not to be too superstitious when it comes to the horses and just think about riding!