Name: Imogen Layfield
Horse: Asturias (Austin), 16.1hh
My & Austin’s Story: In April 2018, I was granted the opportunity to join forces with my OTTB, Austin. Throughout our journey, Austin and I have been faced with many obstacles, but I believe that this is possibly what has made it so fiercely rewarding. Tackling the dressage world with a little thoroughbred, though intimidating at times, has pushed me in every possible way and allowed me to grow & improve over these past few years, not just as a rider but as a person. Together, we have created our most special memories, like taking on our first freestyle at the Victorian Youth Dressage Championships and walking away with a spot in the placings. Some of our most recent achievements include being the recipient of the ‘Turn Around Award’ at VYDC 2020, and attaining a PB of 74.5% at the Geelong Grammar ISD 2020, however, my proudest achievement to date would have to be having educated Austin from prelim through to the beginnings of medium. I am so grateful for our special partnership and everything we have learned from each other, and cannot wait to see where the future takes us.
A quote that inspires me: ‘You must do the thing you think you cannot do.’