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!

  • Julie Tew
  • Julie Tew
  • Julie is extraordinary. Starting on a pony from Stow Fair, age 2, she went on to win Junior and Young Rider eventing medals. Then disaster! Julie defied the medical profession and is aiming for London 2012.
  • Kelly Marks and Pie
  • Kelly Marks
  • Kelly Marks is an exceptional horsewoman. She started out as a show jumper, then a jockey but a meeting with Monty Roberts changed her life! Kelly's work is now to create happier horses and owners.
  • Laura Collett
  • Laura Collett
  • Still only 21, Laura Collett is a prolific event winner and one to watch! She is the youngest rider to win a 2* and has won team and individual gold at both Junior and Young Riders. 2011 will be her Badminton debut.
  • Joanne Eccles
  • Joanne Eccles
  • Joanne is British, European and World Vaulting Champion several times over! She took silver in the pairs with sister Hannah at the Europeans '10 & '11 and World Champs '12. Jo is a dentist and also coaches in Scotland.
  • Vanessa Hawkins
  • Vanessa Hawkins
  • Vanessa has dedicated her life to breeding top event horses and placing them with top event riders. ESB bloodlines are successful worldwide and include Irish Jester who won team silver in Beijing.
  • Louise Bell
  • Louise Bell
  • Louise is one of the most successful producers of working hunters. Fifty wins in '08 included the Working Hunter Championships at both the Royal Show and Royal Windsor. Her top horses include Cracker.
  • Sharon Hunt
  • Sharon Hunt
  • Having ridden Tankers Town since he was four, Sharon has built up an unbelievable partnership with her top horse. They were fifth at Badminton '08 and part of the Olympic, team winning team bronze in Hong Kong.
  • Alex Franklin
  • Alex Franklin
  • Alex was British Mounted Games Champion '08, Pairs World Champ '09 & Reserve World Champ '10. She is a regular member of the British team on her 'pocket rocket' Blue and is also a veterinary surgeon!
  • Olivia Wilmot
  • Olivia Wilmot
  • Olivia's career began with the amazing and tiny cob Patris Filius, who she competed from Pony Club to Badminton '08. She has since been successful at 4* level with double clears at Badminton and Burghley on Axil!
  • Jon Pitts
  • Jon Pitts
  • Jon is a fitness coach and worked with Equestrian Team GBR for the Beijing Olympics '08. He is currently working with many top event riders and also trains jockeys, footballers, pilots and even businessmen.
  • Natalie Allen
  • Natalie Allen
  • Only 26, Natalie is already a successful dressage rider and trainer. She has ridden on Pony, Junior & Young Rider teams. She trained in Germany with Markus Gribbe to Grand Prix and is a big talent for the future!
  • Matt Ryan
  • Matt Ryan
  • Triple Olympic gold medallist, Matt needs no introduction! For twenty years, he has competed at the top of the eventing tree and has been on the Australian national team at almost every major championships.

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