Olivia Wilmot is an Eventing Rider on the #horsescotland Performance Programme.
Age/ DoB: 23/05/1984 (29)
Occupation: Full time athlete/ coach
Who is your sporting hero? Why?
There are a few people that I look up to:
Mary King - When I was younger she was someone I wanted to be like.
Ian Stark – He is great and I am now fortunate enough to be trained by him.
Both Mary King and Ian Stark drove me into the sport, they made me think this is really what I wanted to do. Sir Steve Redgrave – What he did was so impressive feat, the longevity of it, how can you be that good for that length of time, it is incredible.
London Olympics rasied the profile of sport in Britain and now with the Commonwealth Games.
Date started on performance squad?
I was one of the original funded riders from 1998 (1999) and have received funding most years since then.
Short term - Make it to the Senior European Championships that are being held at Blair in 2015.
Long term – I want to win gold medals, make it to the Olympics. I also want to compete at Badminton again.
Where are you based?: Jackton
What have the benefits of being a member of the performance squad for you personally?
I always feel I have a support team, I never feel like I am out on my own. Any problems that arise I know there is someone I can ask for advice. The support network available is wide ranging from coaches to vet support. I know I can call Fiona and get advice, this gives me huge peace of mind that this is in place if I need it.
Name: Cool Dancer
Stable Name: Axil
Sire: Duca Di Busted
Dam: Artic Dancer
Grade: Advanced/ **** level
He is really cheeky and loves jumping and galloping, however he only does dressage as means to an end. He is very affectionate and a really nice horse. I have had him since he was 5 and have prodiced him to the level he is currently at.
Name: Zebedee de Foja
Stable Name: Zebedee
Height: 16hh 1
Sire: Beau Harry
Dam: Narceja II De Foja
Grade: Advanced/ *** level
Zebedee is super cuddly and easy to handle but he is much sharper to ride. He loves showing off and getting attention. When he is around he always wants the attention on him. He was imported from Portugal and I have had him since he was 3. He was wild when first arrived but I have worked hard with him to get where we currently are.