Come Dancing jockey swops roles

By: Horse Deals


Come Dancing jockey swops roles
Come Dancing jockey swops roles
Strictly Come Dancing star Lilia Kopylova has taken to the saddle with a little extra help from her dance partner former champion jockey Richard Dunwoody.
Lilia has been taking riding lessons at Wimbledon Village Stables with Richard on hand. Equine clothing company Harry Hall suggested supplying the dancer with her equine outfit.
"I am used to sparkly outfits, so riding clothing is a bit of a change," said Lilia. The Harry Hall clothing is great because it is practical, but allows you to still look good, and the colours are great. I couldn’t wait to get my new riding clothes.

"I always wanted to become a horse rider when I was little, but it wasn’t possible in Russia. It is incredible to get the opportunity to ride. I really hope to continue riding. Richard gives good riding tips and riding really gives me chance to switch off and get time for myself."
Richard is enjoying the challenge too: "It is brilliant to be able to teach Lilia to ride. The stables in Wimbledon are close to where Lilia lives so it is ideal.
"Lilia is definitely the tougher teacher; she had to shout at me. As the roles have reversed Lilia now wants me to be tougher on her. After just three lessons, Lilia’s position and confidence makes her look like she has been riding years."