Holly Smith (née Gilliot)

RED MILLS Ambassador Holly Gilliot

Hometown: Leicestershire, England

Competes for: Great Britain

Notable Achievements: Double Clear and winning her First Nations Cup in Odense, winning the Grand Prix two days later, winning her first counting Nations Cup in Rome in 2015.

Current String of Horses: Dougie Douglas, Quality Old Joker, Lammy Beach, Heartbreakers Priceless Gift, Elore, CSF Olympic Lady and Ballyknock Fountain Boy.

Biography: Holly is a 25 year-old International showjumper based in Leicestershire. Holly represented Great Britain in four Nations Cup Teams in 2015, helping them to victory in Odense jumping a double clear on Dougie Douglas. She also went onto win the Grand Prix later that week. Holly was selected for the 5* Gijon Nations Cup jumping another double clear to come third and also in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final in Barcelona.

Her stables have horses from four year-olds right up to Grand Prix horses and are supported by a number of owners; John Greaves, Gems McCormick, James Mossman, Valerie and Harold Morton, Merna Merrett and her partner Graham Smith.

Speed Test - Question and Answers

First Riding Memory: It would be jumping some show jumps in a field at home with my Mum!

First Ponies Name: My first pony was a wonderful old blue roan pony called Candy.

Greatest Riding Influence: It is probably my partner Graham Smith. He has years of experience hunting, racing and team chasing. He has a great ability to read a horses character and capabilities. He has taught me to never overcomplicate things. 

Favourite Way to Unwind: I love a good days hunting with the Quorn amongst friends.

Dream Dinner Guests: I am reading an Alex Ferguson book at the moment, he sounds an incredibly strong character who I would like to meet him.

Also Meredith Michaels Beerbaum. She is one of the world’s best riders and my daughter Rosie gets on great with her daughter!

Michael Jung has completely dominated eventing for years now, I'd love to listen to what he had to say. 

Childhood Hero: Definitely Ginny Leng. She was so ahead of her time with her riding and training. I used to watch a training video she had out over and over again.