Bailey Grofski has been riding since he was a small boy, but started to get seriously involved from the age of ten. Now 18, and a dressage rider, his current horse, Dicavalli Royal Dancer is a 16hh ten-year-old Oldenburg mare.
I’ve had Remi, as we call her, for three years, says Bailey. It’s a partnership and we work hard together, but I will say she is VERY quirky.
Not unusual in a performance horse of course, where a small amount of Diva is often a desirable attribute!
The rider and trainer Bailey admires the most is Heath Ryan. I have a lot of people I look up to, but ever since I started dressage Heath’s upbeat attitude and his positivity towards his training is inspiring.
Bailey has realistic attitude towards his riding and competition. It doesn’t have to be perfect, he says. The main thing is to ride and enjoy your horse.
His goals are to ride a Grand Prix test before he’s 25, and to ride in the U25 Grand Prix at the Australian Nationals. Completely committed to his horse-life Bailey says his ambition is to train horses and take them through the levels.