Meet #TeamGP : Kayla Smith

At Gooromon Park, we love our team of instructors and stablehands. Every member of #TeamGP is passionate about equestrian, is highly skilled, and absolutely loves supporting you on your riding journey.

We’ll be introducing you to the team through our blog – first up, meet Kayla Smith!

Kayla Photo2When did you first start horse riding?

I started when I was quite young, probably around 5 or 6. I was first sat on a horse at 7 months old thanks to my mum, who had horses all her life and has passed her passion on to me!

What’s one thing you love about working at Gooromon Park?

The environment/atmosphere. The clients are wonderful, the staff are all fantastic, and I love coming into work  to see what each day holds for me.

Who is your favourite GP horse/pony?

My absolute favourite has to be Doc. I’ve been part of the coaches lessons, and have been riding Doc. I’ve improved my riding so much thanks to him!

What music gets you motivated for the day?

Anything that is loud and fun to sing along to!

What do you feel is your best attribute that you bring to #TeamGP?

My can-do attitude. If there’s something that needs to be done, you can always rely on the fact that I’m on to it.

What is something special about you most people don’t know?

Not really all that special, but everyone knows me with my curly hair. In actual fact, my natural hair is dead straight. I’ve been getting it permed/curled since I was in year 10.

What is one of your fondest horse riding memories?

Those early morning trail rides, where it’s just me and my horse, watching the sun rise and relaxing. Those are my favourite rides.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve in your riding or coaching in the next year?

To be more confident, and not second guess myself all the time.

Kayla Photo1What’s one tip or insight you’ve learnt on your horsey journey that you’d like to share?

When riding a horse, you not only have to be the boss, but you have to work as a team.

List three great qualities you admire in a GREAT coach?

Honesty, a sense of humour, and confidence.