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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.

Bert and Double Agent

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.

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 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.

Rosie Howard

Rosie Howard (Galloping Acrobatics)

Rosie Howard is a former British vaulting team member. Following her retirement from international vaulting competitions in 2004, Rosie continued to work in alternative equestrianism by riding for the Devil’s Horsemen and then Jive Pony. Along with her vaulting expertise and a degree in Equine and Human Sports Science, this gave Rosie a wealth of experience as a stunt rider and performer and she went on to create her own entertainment act, Galloping Acrobatics, in 2012 which she describes as ‘equestrian razzle dazzle!’

Her team of horses consists of two Warmblood Cross geldings, Tinker and Casper, who both currently appear in her shows and she is also bringing on two eye-catching Austrian Noriker geldings, Max and Moritz, who will eventually join the troupe. All the horses were bought as youngsters and Rosie has trained them herself. She is also a Level Two Equestrian Vaulting Coach and between shows she continues to teach vaulting to people from all walks of life and of all abilities. Galloping Acrobatics shows the amazing bond and trust between the horses and Rosie and her fellow team members, Helen and Imogen, and provides an unforgettable show for all ages.

Her team of horses are fed on High Fibre HorseHage and Mollichaff HoofKind Complete.