Rosie Rickett (Meynell 2004 – 2009)
Rosie Rickett has the enviable job of training Michael Jung's Olympic Gold medal winning eventer, Sam. She has evented up to intermediate level and is now a working pupil at the Jungs' yard, near Stuttgart.
Michael Jung is the first rider to hold Olympic, World and European titles at the same time. Rosie was introduced to him by a friend, and went out to Germany for two months last October. The Jungs asked Rosie to stay for a year as a working pupil looking after the horses and working them in for Michael. While Michael is working away, she rides Sam and goes through his daily fitness routine with him, "Sam's lovely; very laid-back and chilled. He goes out in the paddock every day. He was very sharp when he was younger and Michael was the only one that rode him but he's a good boy now. "
Michael has ten Event horses, ten Show Jumping horses, three Dressage horses and several ponies. He currently has five members of staff who assist in taking care of, training and grooming the horses. "Everything in this yard is just so organised and there's never any stress. It's nice and peaceful and the horses are all very happy. When we've finished working them, there's a bowl of treats and they all get one. The horses are really fit; during the winter they go on the treadmill for half-an-hour a day in addition to being schooled and they do an hour a day on the treadmill in the summer. The facilities are amazing, there's a course of show jumps on grass and a cross-country course. Michael changes the fences and the courses all the time, so the horses are constantly jumping different courses."
"Michael competes regularly at pure Jumping and Dressage competitions which helps Sam with the eventing. He goes out competing against Dressage and Jumping riders - and he wins. He works so hard."
10th October 2012 Back to Where are they now?