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Mary King

Mary King

Mary is one of the world’s top event riders and has numerous prestigious championships to her name. She has represented Great Britain at no fewer than six Olympics, spanning 20 years from 1992 to 2012 and has an impressive number of world and European medals to her name as well as being British Open Champion four times. She has also won the prestigious four star Badminton Horse Trials twice as well as winning at Burghley and Kentucky.

Emily King

Emily King

Following in her mother’s footsteps as an event rider, Emily, who is just 21 years of age, competed at her first event aged just 12 and represented Great Britain at the age of 15, finishing 7th overall. She won individual silver at the Junior Europeans in 2012, team gold in the Young Rider Europeans in 2015 and in the same year made her four-star debut.

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Roberta Sheffield

Roberta (Bert) Sheffield is a Canadian paralympic team member and dressage rider based in the UK. She has suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for over 15 years which affects her limbs and neck.  She is classified with the FEI as having a Grade 3 disability and competes in both para and able-bodied competitions.

Bert represented Candada at the World Equestrian Games in 2014 and was placed 4th. She competes on her own horse, Double Agent (Darcy) and is also bringing on two younger horses, St Sheri (Bunny) and Fairuza (Wonky), aiming for the Paralympics in Tokyo in three years’ time.

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Spencer Roe

Spencer Roe is fast becoming one of the rising stars on the show-jumping circuit, both here and in Europe.

After leaving school at 16 and spending two years riding and grooming for Andrew Saywell and training with William and Pippa Funnell, Spencer now rides full time from his own yard based in South Hykeham, near Lincoln with six horses in work.

This talented young rider was on the winning 5* Nations Cup team in St Gallen, Switzerland in 2014 and was instrumental in helping the British team qualify for the final of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Series with an outstanding double clear in the Dublin Nations Cup. He was selected onto the team for the final in Barcelona in October. He also rode for Team GB at the Alltech World Equestrian Games with his home-produced gelding, Wonder Why, owned by his mother, Sally Roe.

He was awarded ‘Leading Show Jumper of the Year 2014 (Under 21)’ at the BSJA Awards Ball.

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Beverley Brightman

Grand Prix dressage rider, Beverley Brightman, began her career in horse trials where she evented at up to four star level. In 1995 she had a horrific accident when her horse fell on top of her. Left with serious injuries and unable to hardly walk, let alone ride, she proved how determined she was to get back in the saddle and a year later started the sport of dressage.

In 1997, she took over the ride of Master Doruto from Delia Cunningham, and progressed up to Grand Prix level.

Beverley has competed internationally and was on the British Team for the CDIO in Poland in 2003. She was place 10th in the final Olympic trials for Athens 2004 and has competed in the Dressage National Championships for many years. She continues to compete at top level and also trains other riders.

Lucy Wiegersma

Lucy McCarthy (née Wiegersma)

One of the world’s former top event riders, Lucy Wiegersma is the only British event rider to have won all three national eventing titles (Junior in 1995, Young Rider in 1998 and Senior in 2006). With wins over the years at Blenheim, Blair Castle and Bramham three-day-events under her belt, Lucy narrowly missed adding Badminton to the list when she finished in second place in 2008. She was selected onto the British three-day-eventing team for the Olympics in Hong Kong but sadly had to withdraw due to lameness affecting her horse, Shaabrak, which was a huge disappointment. The pair were also runners-up at the International Express Eventing Cup at Cardiff.

She was selected onto the 2014 GB Nations Cup CICO squad to represent Great Britain during the FEI Nations Cup Series, which is supported by the UK Sport funded World Class Programme.

Lucy is currently taking a break from riding whilst expecting her second child but is hoping to be back riding in the autumn to be ready to compete again in 2018.

Padraig

Padraig McCarthy

Originally from Tipperary in Ireland, Padraig has been involved with horses from a young age and trained under the guidance of Rolf Goran Bengtsson, Max Hauri and Hans Horn followed by almost ten years spent show-jumping and training horses of all levels in Europe and the USA.

He made the switch from show-jumping to eventing and rode at his first BE event in 2013, climbing up through the ranks extremely quickly. By the end of the 2015 season he had ridden for Ireland on several eventing Nations Cup teams, including the team that placed 4th at Aachen and the only Irish team to win an FEI Eventing Nations Cup at Boekelo. He was a member of the 2015 Irish European Championship team at Blair Castle and in 2016 he had his first three wins at 3* level, claiming victory at both Chatsworth and Tattersalls. As a result of this he was selected for the Rio Olympics on both his top horses, Simon Porloe and Bernadette Utopia.

With a great eye for recognising talented young horses, Padraig has built up a wide client base who value his knowledge and experience and with his wife, Lucy (see above), he set up their successful business, MGH Sport Horses in 2014, based in Devon, breeding, training and selling equines for show-jumping and eventing and also coaching riders.

Jenny Gilbert

Jeni Gilbert

Huddersfield-based endurance rider, Jeni Gilbert, is a former Novice Champion, and Endurance GB Senior and Supreme Champion (2007, 2011) and has won several other titles. With her former grey Connemara-type horse, Flurrie, they completed successfully completed more than 7500km in their years together – a great achievement in a sport that is dominated by Arab horses. She now has a younger ride, Alfie, who is also Connemara and he is making his mark in the sport. Jeni is not a professional rider – she enjoys endurance riding as a hobby rather than a career.

Helen-West

Helen West

Helen is an event rider based in Devon. In 1997 she was selected for the British Junior eventing team and went on to be selected for two consecutive Young Rider teams, winning team gold at the Young Rider European Championships in 2001.

She has continued her success competing at Bramham, Blenheim, Burghley and Chatsworth and now combines competing in show-jumping and eventing alongside producing young horses and her role as manager at Bicton International arena.