Name: Kaley Cuoco
Horses: Poker Face, Si Bella, Bionetty, Zaza & Santos
What’s most appealing about riding/competing to you: The constant drive to be better. One day you can win the class, and the next day you are in the dirt!! This sport requires constant knowledge, patience and the ability to accept failure!
Best advice you’ve ever received from your trainer: Soak in the winning moments because they don’t happen every day!
Favorite pre and/or post competition meal: I can’t eat before I ride! That’s probably not a good thing!!
How does your day start before competing: I make sure to give my horses a ton of pre show kisses and treats!
How do you get over nerves before a big class: I definitely get nervous.. I tend to pull my helmet way down over my face so I don’t have to make eye contact with anyone. My trainer tells me to take deeps breaths and remember to trust my eye and my horse
Who do you look to for inspiration in your riding career: Obviously my boyfriend, Karl [Cook]. He cherishes his horses and how they are feeling. I have never met another rider who loves their horses as much as I do!
What are you doing when you’re not riding and working: I’m riding when I’m not riding 🙂
Three words to describe Samshield: Safe, sexy, durable
What made you decide to start riding: My mom grew up riding – after I stopped playing tennis, I needed another hobby- my mom suggested a riding lesson and the rest is history!
How would you describe your personal style in the show ring: I like a bit of bling! I’m obsessed w riding attire- there are so many chic hunt coats and helmets out there.. It’s hard to choose!
What does riding do for you mentally when your career is in the spotlight: There is something inexplainable about this sport. The competition, the horse/rider relationship, the drive, the ups and down! I love that I’m learning something new every single day… It’s never easy but what’s what keeps me coming back for more
Marco Kutcher, hands down. I saw him warming up at the 2015 Longines Masters of LA and was totally fascinated. I think German riders in general put a heavy emphasis on precision and that’s something I really admire about his riding style. Also, I love Cornet Obolensky so he would be a dream to ride.