BarnManager Q&A With: Camille Guntrip
Camille Guntrip, Show Groom for Spencer Smith, a young professional show jumping athlete based in Belgium and Wellington, FL, who is a rider for the New York Empire team on the Global Champions League
What are three things that are always in your ring bag?
I always carry a towel, sticky spray, and a hoof pick.
What is the most helpful habit that you practice at the barn?
I think it is important to organize everything as you go. I try to put things back where they belong the moment I am done using them. This keeps the barn tidy and moving at a better pace since you know everything is where it’s supposed to be when you reach for it.
How do you foster a great team environment in your business?
I’m very lucky to be part of the team that we have with Spencer. We are all like a family. Communication is a huge part of keeping the environment positive.
What’s your best tip or hack for grooming and horse care? Where did you learn it?
My best tip would be to keep things as simple as possible. Elbow grease, a curry comb, and attention to detail are my favorite ways to keep a horse looking their best. It’s easier to keep a horse clean than it is to make a horse clean.
What is your favorite equestrian competition and why?
I love Spruce Meadows or the Dublin Horse Show. The atmosphere at both of those shows is incredible.
If you were a horse, what would you be and why?
I think anyone who knows me would agree when I say I would be a Shetland pony. The height and the attitude match me very well!
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