Clare's star turn - Lambert eager to repay owners' faith
Competing at eventing at all levels takes time, effort and a lot of money. Few can boast at being able to survive without producing and selling horses to fund this expensive sport.
Without loyal owners to put some horses through their hands, many riders simply go out of business.
Clare Lambert, however, is one of the lucky ones and this weekend she is hoping to make her horses' owners proud as she makes her long-awaited debut at the Tattersalls Horse Trials in Meath.
"I am very fortunate to have two super owners in David Lee and Diana Brody, and only for them, I would not be back at this level," said the 41-year-old, who will be competing a CCI*** for the very first time with the Lee-owned Whitmore Way.
"I have done numerous CIC events over the years, including several with Grange Bouncer, but I have never done a CCI three star, so I am really looking forward to it, especially on home ground," added the Wexford native.
Lee has been involved in eventing for over 30 years and is a well-known dressage judge within the sport.
Lambert greatly credits the owners of her two international horses with supporting her in recent times and believes Whitmore Way and Hartpury Sky Is The Limit, owned by Diana Brody, are both capable of giving the rider a debut to remember at the 12th running of Ireland's most popular three-day event.
"Whitmore Way is very special to us as she was bred by Madeline Byrne, who sadly passed away last year. I've only had her two years, but during that time, she has come from one star and this will be her first CCI***. To be honest, everything I do with her now is in memory of Madeline."