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!

  • Jackie Bennett
  • Jackie Bennett
  • Jackie Bennett represented GB at the European Trec Championships in 2010. Combining her love of the sport with running a business, she is aiming for selection in 2016 with her horse of a lifetime, Bradley.
  • Georgia Taylor-Jones
  • Georgia Taylor-Jones
  • Georgia has ridden competitively since age 8 in all heights of ponies including at the Royal International & Horse of the Year Show. She has represented Wales on 8 Home International teams and is aiming for GB selection in 2016.
  • Lynn Davies
  • Lynn Davies
  • Lynn Davies started riding late and once she discovered Trec, she was hooked! She's a practising vet and overcame cancer to gain GB selection in 2012. Her current ride, Bianca is a 14.3h blanket spot Appaloosa mare.
  • Sophie Jenman
  • Sophie Jenman
  • Sophie has represented GB at Young Rider European Championships and competed at Burghley and Badminton Horse Trials. Still in her 20s, she runs a livery yard with her mum and produces youngsters.
  • Sharon Edwards
  • Sharon Edwards
  • Sharon Edwards has ridden up to Grand Prix dressage and represented GB at Small Tour. She combines training with teaching and has started her own breeding programme with the aim of riding homebreds at top level.
  • Sam Ecroyd
  • Sam Ecroyd
  • GB pony eventing medallist Sam Ecroyd is now contesting senior competition and is a World Class Squad prospect. He is hugely talented and highly rated, so we can expect to see a lot more of this young man in future!
  • Alex Brown
  • Alex Brown
  • 15 year old Alex Brown is an all-round horseman, having competed in eventing, tetrathlon, mounted games, dressage and show-jumping. He main sport is polocrosse and he has represented Great Britain in U16s.
  • Annie Joppe
  • Annie Joppe
  • Annie started out as an eventer and after the birth of her son switched to endurance. She represented GB at the European Champs' in Assisi 2009 and is aiming at selection for WEG in France, 2014.
  • Natasha Adkinson
  • Natasha Adkinson
  • Natasha Adkinson was successful as a GB Para Young Rider and is aiming for a place on the senior team at the Rio Paralympic Games. She is a Grade 1B rider and does tests in walk and trot. He top horse is Undercover 7.
  • Lizzie Brown
  • Lizzie Brown
  • Lizzie Brown was a prodigious 3* (and Super League) winner in New Zealand before moving to the UK to pursue her dream of representing NZ at championships including the Olympics. She won Boekelo 3* 2013.
  • Samantha Brown
  • Samantha Brown
  • Sam Brown was the highest placed British rider at the 2009 Junior European Champs'. She is currently training towards Grand Prix and is also a successful breeder and trainer, at the tender age of 21.
  • Vivian Chang
  • Vivian Chang
  • Vivian Chang is Taiwan's rising star of dressage. She discovered horses by accident, show jumped then moved to dressage and after just a few years is now on her way to competing at the Asian Games.

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