She traded racecourse for the ballroom with the simple wish to make it through a week of Dancing With The Stars, but Nina Carberry jumped and made it to the quarterfinals of the show. RTE only.
The rest of the horse racing world is basking in the bustle of Cheltenham Festival, Carberry splitting her time between training and morning rides at her Broad Meadow Stables in Co Meath before practice Charleston and American Smooth in the evening.
Together with her partner Pasquale La Rocca, she took the series by storm and went from black horse to leader after 30 consecutive max scores.
It’s been an act of juggling, but she’s having the time of her life and hopes to make it all the way to the final, while also impressing her daughters Rosie and Holly in the process.
“My girls really enjoy it, watching me dance on TV, and I would definitely enroll them in a dance school then because they are really into the costumes, the makeup and all the styles. different hair,” she said to Irish independence.
“It’s qi – I’m leading this dual life. I have the flashy, on-camera life everyone sees on the show, but in the morning it’s really dirty, hard work, horrible in the wind and rain. It was crazy and it was hard, but I enjoyed it so much. ”
She jumped like a duck to water, so much so that ‘Mr Nasty’ resident judge Brian Redmond said she missed her call, and her confidence has clearly increased. every week.
“I’m not used to it – and it’s nerve-wracking because it’s not like you’re just dancing – you’re performing in front of the whole of Ireland,” said the Irish National Champion equestrian.
“So I just try to relax and think about staying at home and riding on horseback – that would be easier.
“And I have such a good partner in Pasquale – he obviously challenges me, but we have a lot of fun together and he makes it easier.
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“Because there were a lot of characters involved, as well as the choreography, but he put the choreography together to suit me and suit what I could do, and that made it easier for me to do. easier.
“It wasn’t all smooth sailing, by the way – we had loads of frustrating moments throughout the week when I couldn’t work it all out, but it’s great to see how much goes into everything. stuff, and by the time Sunday comes and we get it right, it’s all worth it.
“The things he made me do – I was thinking, ‘How could he expect me to do it?’, but I surprise myself every day.”
Impressing with her two consecutive top scores, Carberry found that running to last weekend’s show was physically demanding, with a knee injury holding her back. She hasn’t reached the dizzying heights of weeks before, but her team’s opponents have struggled to get decent scores.
“Last week was very, very difficult physically. My legs won’t work anymore,” she said. “There was a large build-up of lactic acid and maybe I wasn’t eating properly and trying to organize everything to the point where I hit a wall.
“But I have a great team behind me, starting at home with my husband Ted – he was my biggest supporter and got the girls attention while the mummy was trying. win. Dancing with the starsand everyone at Endorse Sport has been outstanding. ”
Normally, Carberry would be in Cheltenham, but there won’t be a trip this year as she hopes to prepare for the semi-final of DWTSstudy her steps instead of studying the form.
on RTÉ One at 18:30 tomorrow
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/its-all-glam-on-set-but-before-that-im-mucking-out-stables-in-the-wind-and-rain-says-jockey-turned-dancing-with-the-stars-front-runner-nina-carberry-41437939.html “It was all glamorous on set, but before that, I was sitting outside in the barn in the wind and rain,” says ‘Dancing with the Stars’ jockey, Nina Carberry.