He’s the man with a front row seat at every performance and a voice that any Your Horse Live visitor will know. Here, BETA Arena commentator Peter Morris, tells us why he’s been part of the show for so long.
“They say how quickly time flies when you’re having fun and I have been involved with Your Horse Live for 12 years,” Peter explains. “It’s one of my commentating fixtures that I look forward to most.”
With 12 shows under his belt Peter has introduced an array of demonstrators and, like us, he’s looking forward to the 2016 line up just as much as ever.
“Your Horse Live is always a fantastic mixtures of styles, disciplines and characters. You get to see the variety of sporting disciplines and what an exciting prospect to see Olympic gold medal winner, Charlotte Dujardin again. She always manages to explain the training behind the magic in a way that everyone can enjoy. Added to that I am looking forward to the skills of Lorenzo and the humour and expertise of Geoff Billington.”
As Peter explains it “there really is something for everyone” and over the years he’s seen it all.
“One of the key factors that the Your Horse Live team has worked hard at is to put on the not only the best riders and horses but at the same time to make the whole event have a family atmosphere. There aren’t many events where the audience can be so close to the performances and get an opportunity to ask questions. The trade stands provide everything that an enthusiastic rider or indeed a future Olympic athlete needs to enjoy their riding.”
So what’s been his highlight?
“It is so difficult to pick one,” he says. “It has been such a privilege to see leading sports people perform in the BETA Arena. I have been lucky to work with Carl Hester, William Fox- Pitt, Oliver Townend and Geoff Billington to name a few. We used to have an evening performance which was exciting for a number of reasons; not only the performances but that it usually coincided with the local Guy Fawkes bonfires, the noise of the fireworks used to spice up one or two the shows!”
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5 things you didn’t know about Peter…
- He’s worked on the last three World Equestrian Games and also the European Eventing Championships and although he didn’t make it to Rio this year he did work at London 2012.
- Every week Peter commentates on polo matches or helps with the media on other horse events including Badminton and Burghley.
- He’s a Senior lecturer in law and professionally related subjects across the Royal Agricultural University
- How he describes himself in three words: “Welsh, rugged, sentimental!”
- He’s an ex-rubgy player