Twenty year-old Yazmin Pinchen is a British international showjumper and was recently selected to represent Great Britain in her first Senior Nations Cup in Abu Dhabi. She is sponsored by the equestrian clothing marques Cavalleria Toscana and Kep Italia.
LM: What have been your career highlights to date?
YP: It all started with children on horses when we won team gold and I achieved individual silver for Great Britain. From this achievement, I knew I wanted to pursue my career and go on to win more medals! I did nation cups representing my country for ponies, junior and young riders, recently winning team gold in Deauville, France! I was lucky enough last year to get the chance to compete in a 5* Global Champions Tour final in Abu Dhabi. Normally for my age group we are jumping 2*, but I decided to be courageous and try a 5*! It went extremely well for me resulting in a selection for my first ever senior nation cup team also being 5*. I am the youngest British rider to do this, and therefore I was extremely overwhelmed.
LM: What are your aspirations for this year?
YP: My aspirations for this year are to jump on another senior nation cup team, get my name around the 5* circuit and compete at the Longines Global Champions Tour. The best thing about the globals are the locations; Monte Carlo, London, Cannes, Shanghai to name but a few…
LM: What are your biggest luxuries in life?
YP: I am very lucky to do what I am doing. Without my parents, I really would not be doing this so I owe them everything!! They are so supportive and my sister really encourages me! This for me is a luxury in life – having this lifestyle, getting to travel the world and have my family by my side supporting me. As we are such a close family, we do a lot together so going on amazing vacations is a great luxury and it is nice to have some time off occasionally! I could also not be able to do this without my fantastic sponsors; Cavalleria Toscana and Fourseasons equestrian who supply me with unique Italian sportswear.
LM: What is your ultimate goal in showjumping?
YP: It is of course the Olympics!!! Being in the top 10 riders in the world before I’m 25 would be incredible!! I like to aim high and give myself a challenge.
LM: What do you do to relax?
YP: I love relaxing and not having to worry about anything!!! I am based in Belgium so either hanging out with my two best friends Evy and Charlotte who also ride, or when I come home my sister, my mum and I like to sit in bed with ice cream and sweets and watch a movie! If I’m alone, I will watch my favourite TV show ‘90210’ or listen to music. I also love to cook and bake cakes in my spare time.
LM: Do you have any favourite luxury travel destinations?
YP: I love holidays so much and seeing the world!!! Thailand was my favourite destination so far. It was so beautiful and the islands were amazing. I would definitely go back there one day. Barbados is another great place, and there are so many countries I love going to. I spend winter In Abu Dhabi with the horses and it’s so great there, such lovely people and great weather!! If only we could travel everyday to places like this!!