Eventing is so much more exciting than show jumping, and this is a dream come true...
Finishing 39th at his first Badminton is a dream come true for Gabriel, not least because he only started eventing in 2013. Up until then he had been a show jumper, but the appointment of Sir Mark Todd as trainer to the Brazilians was all it took for him to switch allegiance.
With two visits over the last couple of years as a spectator his only experience of Badminton, he can’t quite believe that he has now completed – not least having jumped clear across country.
“Eventing is so much more exciting than show jumping, and this is a dream come true. I had a fantastic cross country round, from the moment I came out of Huntsmans Close I felt really confident.
“My horse [Grass Valley] is not good at dressage but he is a fantastic jumper. I started eventing in 2013 and in 2014 was riding at the WEG. We have now qualified for the Olympics which are in my house [ie in Rio] – I can’t describe how exciting that is.
“For now I go to Tattersalls with Phineas Finn to try to qualify for the Pan Am Games.”
Gabriel was presented with a saddle by the Worshipful Company of Saddlers for being the highest placed under 25 rider .