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!

  • Richard Waygood
  • Richard Waygood MBE
  • Former Riding Master for the Household Cavalry, Richard Waygood MBE is a talented horseman whose portfolio has ranged from the State Opening of Parliament to riding at Badminton Horse Trials four times.
  • Jessica Mendoza
  • Jessica Mendoza
  • Jessica Mendoza won her first show-jumping class aged 3! She has blazed a trail through the junior circuit ever since. Still only 15 she is the youngest rider to have won the BSJA Show Jumper of the Month Award.
  • Carl Hester
  • Carl Hester
  • Carl Hester has won 51 British Champs' including 6 National titles. He has ridden for GB at most major championships winning team gold at the Europeans 2011 and historic Olympic team gold at London 2012.
  • Ellen Whitaker
  • Ellen Whitaker
  • Blonde, beautiful and talented, Ellen is the darling of show jumping. A member of the Whitaker dynasty, Ellen has jumped on British Nations Cup teams since '04 and, for three years, was leading under 21 rider.
  • Tim Gredley
  • Tim Gredley
  • Tim Gredley started riding working hunter ponies at the age of 10. Since then, ambition and determination have driven his meteoric rise in showjumping culminating in a brilliant team win in the 2008 Dublin Nations Cup.
  • Charlie Longsdon
  • Charlie Longsdon
  • Charlie Longsdon is one of the rising stars of race-training. After a stint eventing, Charlie has worked with some top trainers and since gaining his license in '06, he has had over 60 winners earning £500K!
  • Anna Ross Davies
  • Anna Ross Davies
  • Anna Ross Davies was Dressage Personality of the Year '08 and 10th at the European Dressage Champs '07 with Liebling. She is a highly respected trainer and producer of horses and riders, and is renowned for her wit!
  • Emily Llewellyn
  • Emily Llewellyn
  • Emily competed on European eventing teams for 7 years winning 5 gold medals, a silver and 2 bronze. A member of the World Class Programme, she has been on several Nations Cup teams and destined for the top!
  • Maria Eilberg
  • Maria Eilberg
  • Maria was travelling reserve at the Olympics '08 and in the same year, become British National Dressage Champion. Riding on team GB, Maria won team silver at the European Champs' 2009 and WEG 2010.
  • Melissa Beer
  • Melissa Beer
  • Melissa started riding aged 9 and was a member of the '07, '08 and '09 GB Junior teams with Celestial King. In 2010 she rode in the Young Rider (YR) World Cup and in 2011 was selected for the YR European Champs.'
  • Henry Brett
  • Henry Brett
  • Voted 'most handsome man in polo', Henry Brett is one of the best in the world! Coming from a non-horsey family, he first played for England at age 16. Today Henry lives in England and Argentina with 70 horses!
  • Louise and Partly Pickled at Badminton '07
  • Louise Skelton
  • Louise is a master at producing homebreds. She's competed at Badminton & Burghley on brothers Barney & Pickle, won Blair 3*, and Gatcombe '10 at Adv. Louise is in the UK's top 20 and on the Nat' Training Squad.

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