Name: Selena O’Hanlon
Location: Ontario, Canada
We chatted with Selena to find out more about her horses, career and ambitions…
Born in England, Selena moved to Canada with her parents as a toddler. She began riding at the age of five, and by age seven she’d received her first horse, which she rode Western style. At the age of nine, Selena began her eventing career with her horse Toby, who she believes made her the rider she is today.
Who is the biggest influence in your career so far?
Bruce Davidson, and my mother Morag [an international eventing coach and former eventer].
What is the highlight of your career to date?
The highlight of my career was winning the 2010 Team Silver. All the team horses were double clear on cross country (the first time in history a team had done that at WEGs!) and my horse was the fastest of the day, with clear show jumping to finish.
Can you share your best advice with us?
To never give up chasing your dreams.
What are your goals for the future?
I am hoping to participate in Badminton Horse Trials and the Pan Ams in 2019 – plus I would like a chance at all the 4*’s.
Tell us about your horses
I currently ride 4-8 horses. They’re all fantastic jumpers with their own character, and good jumpers with scope are why I enjoy eventing. My two top horses are:
Plenty of Benny (Benny): a 6yr OTTB 16’2hh – a sweet natured and clever horse. He’s laid back and very friendly, loves to cuddle and see what you’re doing.
Foxwood High (Woody): 15yr Hanoverian 17hh – tall and handsome with beautiful eyes. He LOVES mints and cross country. He is a gentle giant and very clever.
What’s most important to you when you’re buying a horse?
A kind eye, intelligence, good conformation, plus quality gaits – especially canter.
What are your favourite Shires Equestrian products?
Shires Bridles – they are padded and beautiful, I like the plain brown ones the best.
Shires Rugs – these winter blankets have survived my two young OTTBs being turned out together, and that’s saying something! Also, packing each horse’s blankets for the trip to Florida in the winter is made easier by using the Shires blanket bags.
Moretta Country Boots – Walking the cross-country water jumps has been made more comfortable by these leather, waterproof boots.