Dee Hankey and Chequers Playboy 2018 at Badminton
Dee Hankey , from Crowton in Cheshire, last competed at Badminton in 2016 – she gained her first completion in 2009.
Dee comes from a non-horsey background. She persuaded her mother to let her have riding lessons and Dee then rode other peoples’ ponies on the show jumping circuit until she was 15.
She then pursued a brief career as a member of the three-girl band ‘Paperdolls’ and following the end of their contract with MCA records, in 2000, went back to horses and started eventing with Big El a 17hh gelding bought from Carol Gee . Even though the pair was new to eventing they gained second place in their first event which ensured Dee was hooked on the sport. The pair competed to four-star, gaining one Badminton and two Burghley completions.
Following Big El’s retirement in 2009, Dee acquired Chequers Playboy, (aka Kenny) a 16-year-old Dutch-bred gelding. He is by Kennedy (a son of Ferro) out of a mare by Flemmingh. He was sourced from Holland by Astrid Bolton and acquired by Dee as a 4-year-old. and she began competing up and coming rides and brought Kenny up through the grades to four-star. Dee has also competed in FEI showjumping.
How did you dressage go?
I was really pleased with him, he went in there and really concentrated and that probably the best he’s ever been. I made a booboo, I forgot the loose rein canter at the end but soon as they beeped me I knew what I had done and i went and did it, i was just so excited to do the next change!. No I was really pleased with him.
What are you thoughts on the course?
I think he’s built a very interesting course, a very fair course so if you walk your course properly and know your plan A but also know your plan B and C. Its all to ride for . Its going to be a really good spectator sport and a good day!
What are the most influential fences ?
The lake and everything in the Vicarage area as well
Who have you walked the course with?
I have walked it with Chris Bartle and i will walk it again with a friend this evening
How do you spend your evening in preparation for this 4* course?
Now I’ve done more I have learnt that you don’t want to be winding yourself up all night, you want to save your energy for the day. So as long as you know where you are going and what you are doing I think you just know that you have done that and that you have walked the course done your prep work in your walks and just try to relax.
Do you do anything particular to try to relax?
Not really!, Try and eat a nice meal though it doesn’t go down quite the same!! and just get an early night!
Then in the morning you will?
up and walk the course give him a little ride – a leg stretch very low key then get yourself wound up get yourself ready. Watch a fair few on the tele.
How does that affect you watching others go ?
I don’t think its a good idea to get too many different opinions on fences but if you watch someone and they do it well then maybe walk away. you know your own horse and you should stick to that
Dee scored 32.8 and currently sits in joint 27th with still more horses to come. we wish her and Kenny the very best of luck on the cross country.
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