Biographies

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In this section you can read about a host of leading riders and equestrian professionals across all disciplines, as well as those featured in Horse Hero filming. They tell us about their goals, heroes and heroines, favourite horses and they offer some top advice. There are some great photos of them with their families, friends and animals (which you can click to enlarge). Sadly, they are no longer up to date!

  • Zanie Tanswell
  • Zanie Tanswell
  • Zanie was Groom of the Year in 2003 and head girl for Pippa Funnell during her Grand Slam years. She now runs an event yard with her partner, eventer Chris King and is one of the UK's leading grooms.
  • Georgie Spence
  • Georgie Spence
  • Georgie is one of eventing's rising stars and a precocious talent. She has had numerous 4* completions in her first few years at senior level and, as a Young Rider, won team gold at the European Champs'.
  • Chris King
  • Chris King
  • Chris shot into the limelight in 2007 with The Secret Weapon, who won both Barbury Castle and Blenheim 3*. He is now aiming at 4* success. Chris runs a yard with his partner (top groom) Zanie Tanswell.
  • Fiona Price
  • Fiona Price
  • Fiona began her professional career in the financial sector and is now having a further career on the internet. Fiona is on the World Class Squad for endurance and has found a way to combine business and horses, in Horse Hero!
  • Laura Bechtolsheimer with her top horse Alf (Mistral Hojris)
  • Laura Tomlinson
  • Laura is an icon in British dressage. With Mistral Hojris, she won 3 silvers at WEG in '10, individual bronze and team gold at the Europeans in '11 and made history with team gold at London 2012 where she also won individual bronze!
  • Harry Meade
  • Harry Meade
  • Harry is a leading event rider, following in his famous father's footsteps. Aiming to secure a place in the team for next year’s Olympics, he's completed more CCI**** events than any rider has ever done by the age of 25.
  • Louisa Brassey
  • Louisa Brassey
  • Louisa started out as a professional event rider who was 14th in her first 3* at Blenheim in '06. She has since converted to racing and is now working with top horses in France under trainer Alain de Royer Dupre.
  • Brian Higham
  • Brian Higham
  • After 50 years working at the Badminton Estate yard, Brian is an exceptional horseman. He runs the yard for the Duke of Beaufort and is stable manager at the Badminton Horse Trials. Hs is also a renowned show judge.
  • Annabel Wigley
  • Annabel Wigley
  • New Zealander, Annabel Wigley, competes her top horse Black Drum in the UK. She was 7th at Burghley '08, first reserve for the New Zealand Olympic team and is aiming for WEG and Burghley '10.

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