Rob is best known for his partnership with the popular grey gelding, Courtney Z, whom he has partnered for almost a decade. The pair have had success in Nations Cups, county shows and 3* Grands Prix. The gelding is consistent and even in his teens gives the younger horses a run for their money. Apart from Courtney Z, Rob also produces young horses and has some exciting ones coming through.
Phillip didn’t come from an equestrian background and started learning to ride at the age of six. His first pony, who was a former showjumper, bought from Pennie Cornish, taught him to jump and he went on to spend his early years producing horses under Pennie and Di. Recently has had national and international success, especially with Caritiar Z, on whom he won the Hickstead Derby, in 2013, and was second, in 2014.
Matt started learning to ride at 6 and bought his first pony at 10. Through his teenage years he competed in many disciplines and, following his A-levels, went to work on professional yards where he first sat on a dressage horse. He spent a spell in Denmark training as a professional dressage rider before setting up his own business in the UK. Matt has since represented Great Britain and been placed at International CDI level.
Emily has very much forged her own eventing career, having first represented GB at the junior European Eventing Championship in Val Sabroso finishing seventh individually. In 2012 she went on to claim her first individual European medal and in 2016 made her four star debut at Badminton Horse Trials, where she lay in second position behind the eventual leader following the dressage.
The hashtag, #GoBurto, needs no explaining! In 2016 alone, Chris won the CIC3* at Belton, an Olympic team bronze medal and lifted the Burghley trophy, and that was on just one horse – Noblis 18! He also won the CCI3* at Samur on Santano, was a member of the Australian Nations Cup team, who were victorious at Aachen, and took the 6 Year-Old World Championships, at Le Lion D’Angers, on Fire Fly.
Laura has been riding all her life (minus a short career break in her late teens). As a child, she took part in all Pony Club activities and started jumping at 11 years-old, when she bought a pony called Cygnet, from her future husband, John Renwick. Laura has represented Great Britain and had numerous wins, including the Master Class in the World Cup at Olympia.
Max is a well-established member of England’s polo squad, and only one of three to have a handicap of seven. Max started playing polo at 12 years-old and quickly rose through the levels, continuing to play and train at Guards Polo Club in Windsor.
With a prolific career spanning over 30 years, Mary has won two World Championship Gold medals, Silver and Bronze Olympic medals, finished no.1 of the 2011 HSBC World Rankings and was selected to represent Great Britain, for the sixth time, at the London 2012 Olympic Games where she achieved team silver.
With an impressive catalogue of successes throughout his career, including an individual gold in 1995, Peter is still the only rider to have won the two richest Grand Prix’s in Great Britain and he played an integral part of Team GB when they won team gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Despite his father, Howard, being a top polo player, Oli didn’t start playing polo until his teenage years. His raw talent saw him progress quickly and at the age of 20 he played for Ellerston in the Gold Cup, winning. Oli likes to produce his own ponies, acquiring most of them off the track and has achieved a 6 goal handicap, having represented GB on several occassions.
Dan started riding early, originally on the farm bull! He was a keen Pony Club member and achieved his A-Test with honours in 1986 (a feat that few have achieved even to this day). He won the British Dressage Talent Spotting in the same year which helped Dan decide that horses and dressage, rather than farming, would be his chosen career. Dan worked in Denmark and has been fortunate to have been trained by many of the world’s best riders and trainers. All have helped to shape Dan into the rider and trainer he is today, but none more so than Judy Harvey and David Hunt. He now trains with Carl Hester and competes internationally at Grand Prix level, has a string of exciting young horses, and teaches riders throughout the UK.
Jess is an international show jumper who spends much of the year travelling round the world competing. In 2016 she became the youngest British rider, in 40 years, to represent GB at the Olympics when she was selected as the travelling reserve for Rio. Jess is a talented artist and spends her spare time writing a column for Pony Magazine and painting – no guesses as to what her favourite subject matter is.
Nick has been riding since he was 11. He progressed through lessons at local riding schools, to 'borrowing' ponies in exchange for mucking out. Nick was a member of the Beaufort Pony Club, taking part in their team events and progressed into BE a bit later on. Quite simply Nick started to do quite well, managed to get a few rides and sponsors (like Baileys!), built more stables and the rest, as they say, is history!
Ruth first shot onto the eventing scene, after her first Badminton aged 18 in 1998 on the diminutive Ice Dancer II. Since then Ruth has enjoyed many high profile wins, becoming 1999 Young Rider National Champion before winning her first 4 star at Luhmulen in 2007. Ruth teaches regularly and has also recently taken a dressage focus, compeitng at the regionals.
Whilst it was almost inevitable that Polly would end up pursuing a career involving horses, it was her Young Rider horse, Poggio, who gave Polly her first real taste of success . In 1995 they were part of the gold medal winning team at the European Championships, finishing 6th individually, and they went on to complete Badminton and Burghley.
Later, Polly came tantalisingly close to winning Kentucky CCI*** in 2003 with her own Tangleman but was pipped to the post by Pippa Funnell en route to her historic Rolex Grand Slam.
In the 2008 Olympics, Sharon – aboard Tankers Town – was part of an incredibly talented team that secured a bronze medal and went on to win Luhmuhlen 4* in 2010. When she is not riding, training she is maintaining her own fitness (by running, swimming and gym work). In addition, she provides private tuition, takes on her own working pupils and advises a number of fledgling eventers.
For Ben, the road to becoming an event rider began with a cheeky little dun pony known as Rabbit who brought him his first lot of success, winning at most of the local shows and the first ridden championships at Ponies UK. After working for Hannah Bate, he went on to seize the chance to work for William Funnell, gaining valuable experience in the world of show jumping, as well as eventing through William's wife Pippa Funnell. Ben’s talent was encouraged and then refined to the point where he won the U21 National championships. He went on to be selected for the World Class Start Programme, followed with selection for Britain’s young rider squad, giving him the chance to compete with the very best in the Europe.
Georgie won the Under 18 National Championships in 2006. In 2009 Georgie was chosen as a member of the European Young Rider Squad and has since had some fantastic results at 3* and 4* level with some exciting younger horses coming up through the grades.