Jamie Morrison, 36, started playing polo at 14. He won two gold medals at the Federation of International Polo’s European championships, and will captain the England polo team on May 21 at the HPA Gaucho International event at London’s O2 arena.
What was your earliest ambition?
Definitely sport. I would see top-level sport with my dad [entrepreneur and impresario Bryan Morrison]. And music; dad was in the music industry and would come back with all these new records that would inspire me.
Public or state school? University or straight into work?
Millfield public school in Somerset. I went to university for a year in the States and then decided to get into professional polo.
Who was your mentor?
How physically fit are you?
It varies. Polo’s a very physical sport and I’m not a spring chicken any more. I’m very riding-fit but not as aerobically fit as I’d want to be.
Ambition or talent: which matters more to success?
You can get a long way with ambition but, at the top of any major sport, you need talent.
How politically committed are you?
I follow politics but I’m not overly committed. The government needs to instil more pride in this once-great nation. Success should be applauded, not put down.
Do you consider your carbon footprint?
It’s something I think about. Whether I act on it as much as I should …
What would you like to own that you don’t currently possess?
The ability to not be grouchy when I’m tired.
What’s your biggest extravagance?
My horses. They are amazing. I’d rather go out and buy a good horse than a flash sports car.
In what place are you happiest?
At home with family and friends. And the number one field at the Royal Berkshire Polo Club. We scattered some of my dad’s ashes there. I pretty much grew up in the place.
What ambitions do you still have?
To achieve as much as I can in the polo world, and in the Royal Berkshire Polo Club. I’ve got a lot of ambition to turn that into a world-class facility.
What drives you on?
Just being out there. I love the things I do.
What is the greatest achievement of your life so far?
Winning the Eduardo Moore tournament with my dad a few years ago. Polo is pro-am – you wouldn’t see a father and son winning together in any other sport; two gold medals in the European championships; and trying to be a good person – knowing in myself who I am, and being happy with myself is an achievement in itself.
If your 20-year-old self could see you now, what would he think?
He’d be surprised I still have most of my hair – my dad was pretty much bald! I think he’d be happy with what I have achieved.
If you lost everything tomorrow, what would you do?
I wouldn’t stew in the disappointment; it would motivate me to get going again.
Do you believe in assisted suicide?
My father was in a coma for two years; he wasn’t on a life-support machine so we didn’t have to make that decision but I wouldn’t judge anyone who wanted to do it.
Do you believe in an afterlife?
Not as such but I think you have a spirit and that goes on somewhere after the end of your physical being. I like to think of loved ones that I’ve lost being out there somewhere.
If you had to rate your satisfaction with your life so far, out of 10, what would you score?
It differs day to day. When I’m happy and the sun is shining – 10. I know I’m seriously lucky.
For details of the HPA Gaucho International Polo event, visit www.gauchopolo.com