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!

  • Shane Borland
  • Shane Borland
  • Beginning his career in polocrosse where he represented the UK, Shane changed to reining and represented South Africa at various World Equestrian Games, World Reining Champs, and has been British Champion.
  • Samantha Thurman-Baker
  • Samantha Thurman-Baker
  • Though still in Juniors, Sam is a prodigious talent, already competing at Grand Prix dressage, having represented Great Britain on a number of ocasssions. She's tipped for the top!
  • Carri Ann Dark
  • Carri Ann Dark
  • Endurance Young Rider, Carri Ann Dark, started competing age 8. She has been National Junior Champion, was 2nd in her first FEI race ride and won team silver for Great Britain, just a few of her many achievements!
  • Susan Hoffman-Peacock
  • Susan Hoffman Peacock
  • Suzie is in demand as a biomechanics trainer internationally. She competes in dressage at Grand Prix level and rides all breeds of horses, and has been US National Fresian Dressage Champion.
  • Endurance rider Beccy Broughton
  • Beccy Broughton
  • Beccy has ridden on the British Endurance Squad in most major Championships since her young rider debut in 2000. Setting a British record with Murmansk which still remains, Beccy also rode at WEG 2010.
  • Mountain & Moorland show rider, Sam Roberts
  • Samantha Roberts
  • At just 25, Sam Roberts is a prolific showing winner, specialising in Mountain & Moorland breeds. She qualified 12 horses for Horse of the Year Show in 2009 which catapulted her onto the front cover of Horse & Hound!
  • Duarte Seabra makes a hasty dismount from Fernhill Gloster Rebel at Bramham 3* '09
  • Duarte Seabra
  • The young Portuguese rider Duarte Seabra has stormed onto the eventing scene in the last couple of years with 2* and 3* success. He went clear at his first Badminton with Braveheart in '10 and is aiming for WEG.
  • Flying along on Frostie (Little Tiger) at Windsor CCI** in 2005
  • Phoebe Buckley
  • Phoebe Buckley is a former gold medal winner at Young Riders and is now a four star eventer. The Busker put her on the map and more recently, she has completed Badminton 4 times with feisty 14.2 grey mare Little Tiger!
  • Nicola McGivern at the 2003 European Championships
  • Nicola McGivern
  • Nicola McGivern and Active Walero won team bronze at the European Champs' '03 and represented GB in the Athens Olympics 2004. She is now bringing her exciting homebreds through the ranks to Grand Prix.
  • Eventer Alexander Peternell
  • Alexander Peternell
  • Alex Peternell is the first South African to compete at Badminton, Burghley and at an Olympic Games. He started life as a ballet dancer, became a show jumper, then an eventer and is based in the UK.
  • Sam Griffiths
  • Sam Griffiths
  • Australian Sam Griffiths is a rising star in the world of eventing and was short-listed for the Athens and Beijing Olympics. He was third at Badminton '09 and is aiming for selection at WEG '10 with his top horse Happy Times.
  • Sam Watson
  • Sam Watson
  • Sam is one of Ireland's rising event stars. With homebred Horseware Bushman, he competed in Young Rider and 3* Senior Europeans. He finished 13th at Badminton '10 and represented Ireland at WEG '10 in Kentucky.

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