You might know her as Georgie from the popular series Heartland, but Alisha Newton isn’t just an actress…she’s a real life equestrian and horse owner! You’ve watched her grow up on the series from a troubled kid to an avid rider. Learn how she got hooked on riding, and meet her horse!

Alisha’s grandparents owned a horse. Whenever she went to visit them she got to ride. By the age of ten, she decided to take some riding lessons. At that point, the horse bug had bitten her, and she was in love with riding.

Alisha is a talented show jumper. She tries to ride multiple times a week, even when filming!

Meet Aflame! He’s a Dutch Warmblood pinto gelding. Alisha bought him in June 2015, and they have an amazing bond.

And boy can Aflame jump! They usually school 3’3 to 4 feet at home.

Alisha is a huge fan of eventing and hopes to compete more seriously in it. She loves working with horses both on and off screen. Her love for her horse is definitely evident.

Follow her on Instagram, @alijnewton. I think it’s amazing that so many of the Heartland actors ride. What do you think?