Have you ever attended a Menlo Charity Horse Show before or will this be your first time joining us?
“No, this will be my first time visiting, and I will be traveling from Ireland to attend.”
What advice would you give to a Menlo rider before they jump one of your courses?
“Normally, my courses would be considered flowing, and they will be suitable for the breeds and type of class. It should be an enjoyable course and something to look forward to."
What is your style when designing a course?
“I’m not a fan of tricks,” he said. “It will be fair, it will be jumpable, and it will respect the horse, but if you make a mistake there will be a consequence. I never try to trick a horse into doing something stupid. The track should be there in front of them, and they should be able to solve it." According to Wade, what separates the winners from the losers is that extra 5 percent. “It’s not technique or ability, it’s the horse’s will to win,” he said. “I see it every day, horses helping out riders at the very top level. The most important part of my principles is to understand horses. I am not afraid to build big and difficult, but I never want to build traps for any horse. At the end of the day, my job is also to look after these horses."
What are you most looking forward to attending Menlo as the Course Designer for the first time?
“I have heard from so many that Menlo is a very special show. The horse show organizers have asked me on a couple occasions to attend. It is known to be a great organization, the ring is nice and jump materials are good. I am really looking forward to joining, I am excited to participate in the event and design the course."
We are thrilled to have such a spectacular talent join us this year in the Jumper ring for the 2022 Menlo Charity Horse Show. Make sure to join us for the $50,000 Stephen Silver Grand Prix on Saturday, August 13th on the Grass Jumper Field.