Free Rein Podcast

Free Rein Podcast

By Charlotte Ricca
If you love horses and you love equestrian sport, Free Rein Podcast is essential listening.
Each month equestrian journalist and (very) amateur eventer Charlotte Ricca interviews all your favourite riders.
Her contact book reads like a who's who in equestrian sport, so she decided to put it to good use. This podcast brings you closer to your equestrian heroes and poses the questions other don't dare ask.
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Episode 7 - Piggy French
In this episode Charlotte talks to international event rider Piggy French. Piggy is one of Britain’s leading event riders, with numerous wins and placings at the top level of eventing. However, a five-star win still eluded her – until now. After 25 attempts, Piggy finally bagged a major trophy – winning the 2019 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials with Vanir Kamira. Other successes include winning team gold at the 2018 World Championships in North Carolina and individual silver medal at the 2009 Europeans at Fontainebleau.  Piggy talks to Charlotte about: Hitting rock bottom in 2012 after missing out on the 2012 London Olympics and the 2013 European Championships - and how she finally "dared to dream again" Finding love when she least unexpected it, and learning to trust again. "Tom is a wonderful person and my best friend".   Her childhood crush on Mary King - and the array of presents she sent her! "Oh my god I was a lunatic!" Why taking time out to have her first child Max gave her a fresh new perspective on her sport and career  Her exciting future prospects - including one owned by Jennifer Saunders
50:58
May 7, 2019
Episode 6 - Harriet Nuttall
In this episode of Free Rein Charlotte Ricca talks to international and super-smiley showjumper Harriet Nuttall. We realise being smiley isn't an essential attribute for a showjumper, but it's pretty important for interviews. Needless to say Harriet was a lot of fun to talk to. Harriet has enjoyed much of her success at Hickstead, where she has won both the Queen Elizabeth II Cup and the British Speed Derby. She has also come second in the Hickstead Derby three times with the much-loved A Touch Imperious – earning her the moniker the Derby Bridesmaid! In this interview we talk about what makes the Derby so special. We also chat about: • Her husband's (then fiancée) romantic proposal • What makes A Touch Imperious so special and so difficult - and why she nearly gave up on him • Coming into the Devil's Dyke at Hickstead disunited. Argh! • The challenge of staying at the top of her sport • Training with Nick Skelton And a whole load more...
46:49
November 9, 2018
Episode 5 - Trevor and Caroline Breen
Trevor and Caroline Breen are the most glamorous couple in showjumping. But they're not just a pretty face. Trevor has won the Hickstead Derby twice - winning it in 2014 with Adventure de Kannan and again in 2015 with Loughnatousa WB. He has also won the Hickstead Speed Derby, the Eventing Grand Prix and the Queen Elizabeth Cup. It seems fitting that Trevor and Caroline now live just minutes from the Hickstead showground. Caroline is also a successful international showjumper, having trained with Olympic showjumper Tim Stockdale. She also runs Breen Sport Horses, while bringing up their two children Mia and Ollie. In this exclusive interview they talk about: • How they met - and what attracted them to each other • Finally winning the Hickstead Derby • What makes Addy the one-eyed wonder horse so special • Their daily routine and training their horses • Why Caroline swapped gymnastics for horses • Why Trevor nearly didn't become a showjumper And so much more...
51:43
November 9, 2018
Episode 4 - Jonelle and Tim Price
Meet the most formidable couple in equestrian sport - and also the nicest. 2018 has been an incredible year for Jonelle and Tim. Jonelle won Badminton Horse Trials and Luhmuhlen, while Tim took the title at Burghley. They have also enjoyed numerous top five places in the biggest four-star events in the world and made history at Rio 2016 as the first husband and wife on the same Olympic team. In this interview they talk about: • How they first met and why it took so long to get together • Life growing up in New Zealand • What makes them so different as riders • How they help each other - and frustrate each other! • Jonelle winning Badminton • Coping with nerves • Life since having their first baby, Otis And much, much more!
52:25
November 9, 2018
Episode 3 - Sir Mark Todd
I am SO excited to bring a true legend to Free Rein Podcast. Sir Mark Todd is the most successful equestrian in history, and has been at the top of his game for an incredible five decades. Mark has competed at seven Olympics, winning two gold medals, and has also won gold at two World Equestrian Games. In addition he has won Badminton four times and Burghley an incredible five times – and he's not done yet. In this exclusive interview Mark talks about: • Which TV show he would love to appear on • Why New Zealand produces such incredible eventers • The truth behind the rumours about him being a party animal • The lowest moment of his career • The incredible horses he has ridden - and one really bad one! • Rubbing shoulders with royalty And so much more...
53:30
November 9, 2018
Episode 2 - Pippa and William Funnell part 2
This second episode of Free Rein Podcast is part 2 of Charlotte Ricca's interview with equestrian couple Pippa and William Funnell. Pippa Funnell MBE is an icon of British Eventing, who has won Olympic team silver, individual silver and individual bronze medals. She was also the first rider to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. Her husband William is a top showjumper, whose biggest claim to fame is winning the Hickstead Derby three times. The couple also run Billy Stud, breeding and producing top British-bred horses. Pippa and William invited Charlotte into their home one evening for G&Ts and a long chat. In the second part of the podcast they talk about: • Pippa's second career as an author of children's books • Coming to terms with not having children • Pippa dealing with the pressure of winning the Rolex Grand Slam • What Pippa doesn't like about modern eventing • How William copes with being 'Mr Pippa Funnell'! • Billy Stud's breeding programme • Why William won't be taking up eventing any time soon! • The secret to keeping fit as older riders And much more!
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November 8, 2018
Episode 1 - Pippa and William Funnell
This first episode of Free Rein Podcast sees Charlotte Ricca talking to equestrian couple Pippa and William Funnell. Pippa Funnell MBE is an icon of British Eventing, who has won Olympic team silver, individual silver and individual bronze medals. She was also the first rider to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. Her husband William is a top showjumper, whose biggest claim to fame is winning the Hickstead Derby three times. The couple also run Billy Stud, breeding and producing top British-bred horses. Pippa and William invited Charlotte into their home one evening for G&Ts and a long chat. In this podcast they talk about: • How they met • The secret to their long marriage • What they get up to when they're not riding • Why Pippa is a good influence on William's horses • Up and coming riders they rate • The current state of British Showjumping and British Eventing • Favourite horses in their career And much more!
56:01
May 18, 2018
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