English Lakes employs passionate people! Passionate about going the extra mile for our guests. This usually comes from a good work-life balance which allows time for other interests and hobbies. This time we meet…
Amy Wybergh, Wedding Co-ordinator at Low Wood Bay
Amy is one of our Wedding Co-ordinators at Low Wood Bay and loves the variety and detail of working with the bride and groom over weeks and months to create truly individual and uniquely special events. The highlight for Amy is the ‘big day’ itself when the team is on heightened alert to ensure that everything runs perfectly. With sixty-eight special ‘big days’ at Low Wood Bay this year, our wedding team have kept on their toes and Amy’s quota of wedding day excitement, fun and romance has definitely been fulfilled.
The only thing that comes close to the adrenaline of Weddings is Amy’s other passion, Showing.
When and how did you get into riding?
The ‘when’ was a little bit beyond my control. My Mum, who is also a passionate equestrian, was riding with me before I was even born! She even bought my first pony before I made my entrance to this world. I grew up in a farming community and it was the most natural thing in the world to take to the saddle. My first pony, Marcus, was a little boisterous but my parents held me on the saddle before I could even walk. When I was two years old, I was sitting up and holding on myself.
Tell us about how it became competitive
In 2006 I had a great little competition pony called Ferdi, who we randomly entered into a Horse of The Year Show qualifier with no expectations at all – and he won it! I jumped round Horse of the Year Show for first time in 2006 and for the next 2 summers qualified and jumped him at the Royal International Horse Show, with a 3rd place in 2007.
The Horse of the Year Show, commonly known as “the world’s most famous horse show”, and the Royal International Horse Show are the 2 biggest finale shows in UK Showing. As I was growing taller and no longer able to ride Ferdi, we began to look for a new horse – and after being at the top shows and achieving good results I was desperate to find a horse that had the potential to go right to the top and possibly even win at that level.
For my 18th birthday I got my current horse, Maddie. I love her to bits,
she’s a typical mare and just has to be the centre of attention at all times. She demands your attention by shaking her head and kicking her door – and if you don’t give her it, then she’ll have a little tantrum and strop and may even try to nip you with her teeth! Cuddle’s and food are her favourites, but kisses are strictly forbidden – she is not a fan!
After a couple of seasons of Novice tracks and building a partnership together, Maddie started doing qualifiers. She jumped at Horse of the Year Show for the first time in 2011 and came 6th.
2012 was Maddie’s main year. She finished 2nd at the Royal International Horse Show, was selected to jump for the England team at the BSPS Championships in summer where she won both team and individual Gold as well as the Championship and then finished her season by winning and getting the Reserve Championship at Horse of the Year Show.
In 2013 she won two Horse of the Year Show qualifiers but unfortunately couldn’t compete due to a virus – and 2014 saw me struck down by final year University exams and finding a job! Although she did still manage to jump 1 qualifier, win it and then jump round Horse of the Year Show.
Competitively, what does the future look like?
Well, I’ve recently moved house to be closer to work, which is coincidently10 minutes away from my trainers yard, Judith Buckley. As soon as I’m settled, Maddie is moving to Judith’s and will be brought into work to prepare for the 2015 season. When we are competing I really need to be riding her every day which for the first time 3 times I am now able to do again as I’m home. I hope to compete in both The Royal International and The Horse of the Year Show 2015. We will have to wait and see how we get on, but Maddie and I are both more determined than ever to do well.
Amy would love to chat to you about her two favourite subjects – horses or weddings. Come along to Low Wood Bay Wedding Fayre on 25th January 2015 where the Low Wood Bay team and a selection of forty local suppliers will be on hand to help you plan the perfect wedding.