Gemma Owen spotted riding in a dressage competition as new Love Islanders prepare to make debut

Gemma Owen spotted riding in a dressage competition looking ‘relaxed and happy’ ahead of the new Winter series of Love Island

Gemma Owen has returned to her biggest passion on Saturday, after being seen competing in a dressage competition at Vale View Equestrian in Leicestershire.

The Love Island star, 19, reportedly came sixth out of 23 riders in the competition and is said to be competing again on Sunday.

Gemma looked in her element as she rode her horse Sirius Black III around the arena. 

Back at it: Gemma Owen has returned to her biggest passion on Saturday, after being seen competing in a dressage competition at Vale View Equestrian in Leicestershire

Back at it: Gemma Owen has returned to her biggest passion on Saturday, after being seen competing in a dressage competition at Vale View Equestrian in Leicestershire

She was also seen sitting in the stands alongside her mum Louise Bonsall, 41, as they watched the other competitors.

Gemma cut a stylish figure in a pair of white jodhpurs, teamed with a black hoodie and padded black coat.

She added a pair of knee high brown boots and swept her long brunette tresses up into a messy bun. 

Impressive: The Love Island star, 19, reportedly came sixth out of 23 riders in the competition and is said to be competing again on Sunday

Impressive: The Love Island star, 19, reportedly came sixth out of 23 riders in the competition and is said to be competing again on Sunday

An onlooker attending the event told SWNS: ‘She came sixth place yesterday out of 23 riders but she’s competing again today. 

‘She seemed relaxed and happy – I think she was having a good time.’

It comes after her ex-boyfriend and Love Island star Luca Bish, 23, who met Gemma in the villa, returned to social media after a break following their split in November, telling fans he took time off to deal with ‘things going in my personal life’.

In control: Gemma looked in her element as she rode her horse Sirius Black III around the arena

In control: Gemma looked in her element as she rode her horse Sirius Black III around the arena

Checking out the competition: She was also seen sitting in the stands alongside her mum Louise Bonsall, 41, as they watched the other competitors

Checking out the competition: She was also seen sitting in the stands alongside her mum Louise Bonsall, 41, as they watched the other competitors

The reality star said he didn’t want to ‘fake it’ by keeping up with posting while he wasn’t feeling himself.

Sharing a video, Luca said: ‘Merry Christmas, merry New Year. I’m back, I ain’t been feeling myself. 

‘I had a few things going on in my personal life and family life and wanted to stay away from socials and not fake it and be around the people that are there for me.

Looking good: Gemma cut a stylish figure in a pair of white jodhpurs, teamed with a padded black coat

Looking good: Gemma cut a stylish figure in a pair of white jodhpurs, teamed with a padded black coat

An onlooker attending the event told SWNS: 'She came sixth place yesterday out of 23 riders but she's competing again today'

An onlooker attending the event told SWNS: ‘She came sixth place yesterday out of 23 riders but she’s competing again today’

‘I know you guys are and that’s why I’m trying to make an effort now. ‘

Luca said he is looking ahead to the new year, adding: ‘It’s an exciting year. 

‘There’s going to be lots going on and I promise I’m going to be more active so yeah, here’s to 2023.’

Candid: Luca Bish returned to social media, telling fans he took time off to deal with 'things going in my personal life'

Candid: Luca Bish returned to social media, telling fans he took time off to deal with ‘things going in my personal life’

Luca was spotted cosying up to a blonde bombshell at a New Year’s Eve party – just weeks after splitting with his ex-girlfriend Gemma Owen.

The Brighton native  certainly looked smitten with the stunning girl in a video shared to Instagram by the most recent winner, Ekin-Su Culculoglu, 28.

It was at Davide Sanclimenti’s birthday party that Luca snuggled up to the mystery woman, ahead of the Italian Stallion turning 28 on New Year’s Day.

Ooh la la! Luca cosied up to a blonde bombshell at a New Year's Eve party as Gemma's mum Louise made a cryptic dig about 'fakery' - just weeks after the Love Islanders' split

Ooh la la! Luca cosied up to a blonde bombshell at a New Year’s Eve party as Gemma’s mum Louise made a cryptic dig about ‘fakery’ – just weeks after the Love Islanders’ split

Just weeks ago, Gemma revealed it’s been ‘challenging’ dealing with ‘people’s opinions’ amid her split from Luca.

The dressage rider and the fishmonger split on several occasions before finally deciding to go their separate ways last month after they failed to patch things up on a make or break holiday.

Speaking to Goss.ie at PrettyLittleThing’s Christmas Party in Dublin, Gemma said she’s getting through the break-up by keeping busy. 

She said: ‘These last few weeks, as going through any break up, it’s not nice. It’s not a nice time.’ 

Exes: The Love Island star, 23, who split from ex-girlfriend Gemma Owen in November, said he didn't want to 'fake it' by keeping up with posting while he wasn't feeling himself

Exes: The Love Island star, 23, who split from ex-girlfriend Gemma Owen in November, said he didn’t want to ‘fake it’ by keeping up with posting while he wasn’t feeling himself

‘Having to deal with people’s opinions, and people thinking that they know what’s going on when they don’t, that’s been challenging. But overall, I’m doing OK. I’m getting through it and keeping busy.’

Gemma added: ‘The girls have been lovely. Every single one of them has sent me a message, being there, telling me if I never need a call they’ll be there. So that’s really lovely and makes it a bit easier.’

They were last pictured together on November 5 celebrating firework night, with Luca, 23, saying he had marked ‘another first’ with Gemma.

A source close to the couple told MailOnline of the split at the time: ‘Gemma and Luca have decided to part ways.

Tough: Just weeks ago, Gemma revealed it's been 'challenging' dealing with 'people's opinions' amid her split from Luca (pictured in the summer)

Tough: Just weeks ago, Gemma revealed it’s been ‘challenging’ dealing with ‘people’s opinions’ amid her split from Luca (pictured in the summer)

‘Their relationship hasn’t worked for the last few weeks, and they have come to the conclusion that it’s better for them both to end things now.

‘They hope to remain friends and will continue to support each other in everything they do going forward.

‘Love Island was a special time in their lives but sadly their romance hasn’t felt the same outside of the villa.’

Taking to Instagram to confirm the split, Gemma wrote: ‘To all my followers, I wanted to let you know that Luca and I are no longer in a relationship. It wasn’t an easy decision but ultimately this is what is best for both of us right now.

‘Many of you have been on this journey with us from the very beginning and I want to thank you for your continued support as we start new chapters. Love always, Gem x.’

Sharing his own statement on social media, Luca wrote: ‘I would have liked some time to process this privately but as you all already now know sadly Gemma and I made the mutual decision earlier today to go our separate ways.

‘We have been on such a journey together and have made some amazing memories which I will treasure. I can’t thank everyone enough for all their support for us as a couple during and after Love Island.

‘We will remain good friends and I wish nothing but the best for her.’

Over: Gemma and Luca split on several occasions before finally deciding to go their separate ways after they failed to patch things up on a make or break holiday

Over: Gemma and Luca split on several occasions before finally deciding to go their separate ways after they failed to patch things up on a make or break holiday 

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