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About Alice Ruth Oppenheimer

Name: Alice Ruth Oppenheimer
D.O.B.: 11/12/1989
Height: 5'6"
Trainers: Eric Theilgaard
Role Models: Adelinda Cornelisson, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Jessica Ennis (the heptahlete)

Best achievement to date:

Winning 3 National titles at the Winter Championships 2009

Life time ambition:

To win Gold at an Olympic Games.

Most memorable equestrian experience:

In October 2009 I did a demo for under-privileged inner city school children at Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre. It was a very humbling experience, I will never forget the delight on their faces as they marvelled at Wurlizer strutting his stuff.

In what year did your sponsorship with Albion Start:


How did sponsorship come about:

I have always ridden in Albion saddles, as did my mother before I even started dressage. In 2010, we now feel I might be worthy of asking for sponsorship to help me enable me to reach my dream of Olympic glory, we approached Albion.

Why did you choose to work with Albion:

Because in my opinion, Albion are the best saddles for me and my horse's comfort, enabling us to perform to our best ability. Also, I think British saddle making is second to none and Albion is without doubt our premier producer.

What is your favourite Albion product and why:

I don't have a favourite because they are all fantastic but I love their take on the patent noseband.

When /why did you first start riding:

I was always going to ride as riding is in my family. My mum for many years competed at the highest level showing and showjumping so, not surprisingly, I was plonked on a horse before I could walk. I had a Shetland called Bertie Bassett as my first pony, he was amazing and he set me on my way.

Best advice given:

Always stay positive. No matter how bad things seem to be, you can guarantee that someone else, somewhere will be worse off than you.


My dog Stitch, chocolate, going to the cinema, grooming my horse, reading and winning! 


Broad beans, running, falling off and the cold.

Preferred Kit: