Love Island’s Gemma Owen’s job: Everything you need to know about star’s dressage career

Love Island 2022 kicked off on Monday 6 June with a new line-up of singletons heading to the iconic villa in the hope of finding long-lasting romance.

The first episode didn't disappoint, with the Love Islanders taking part in a raunchy game of dares and the first bombshell of the series arriving and immediately turning the girls' heads.

One contestant who has got everyone talking is Gemma Owen, daughter of former professional footballer Michael Owen, who has surprised viewers by revealing she's only 19.

While many know her due to her famous dad and now for her stint on the ITV2 show, Gemma is actually a professional dressage rider and boasts an impressive career.

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Gemma is a professional international dressage rider from Chester, and has been riding horses since she was three years old.

She currently competes for Great Britain, and she represented Britain at the 2021 European Junior Championships in Oliva, Spain.

The 19 year old revealed the happy news on her second Instagram account, which is dedicated to her dressage career, saying: "Absolutely over the moon to announce that I have been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Championships 2021 in Oliva, Spain! It still hasn't quite sunk in; to reach my goal of competing in a Europeans after years of hard work is just the best feeling."

She went on to thank her dad and her mum, Louise Bonsall, as well as her trainer, Sarah Higgins. Gemma and her team finished in sixth place at the championships.

Gemma rides her own horse, a 17-year-old Stedinger gelding named Sirius Black, who she always calls 'Siz'.

Her final competition before entering the Love Island villa was Myerscough Premier League, which took place back in March. She finished third in both the team and individual young rider tests, after stepping up to the level earlier this year.

Gemma opened up about her family's love of sport before entering the villa, saying: "Sport has always been a big thing for me and my family. My dad was a professional football player.

"I’ve competed for Great Britain in dressage since I was 11-years-old. I’ve travelled all across Europe competing in big arenas in big competitions.

"I would say I’m very competitive. [When it comes to relationships] I will always go for what I want."

During the first episode of the show she also opened up about her love of horses and life as a dressage rider, revealing that she has 12 horses at her Cheshire home.

Gemma told her partner Liam Llewellyn, 22, about her love horses, before later explaining to her fellow Islanders that she's a dressage rider, and telling Luca Bish, 23, that it's just like "dancing on horses".

Love Island continues on ITV2 at 9pm.

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