Category Archives: Riders

The only rider under 30 to crack 2014 Burghley’s top ten – Gemma Tattersall – 30 Under 30

Gemma Tattersall (GBR) was named as a reserve rider for the 2014 World Equestrian Games British team from a pool of some of the top riders in the world. As she was already preparing to ride for her country in Eventing’s only championship four-star, Arctic Soul was more than ready to tackle Burghley the following weekend. With a stellar cross-country run and a flawless show jumping round, she ended her Burghley weekend with a fifth place finish. At only 29 years of age, she was the only rider in the top ten under the age of 30. From the age…

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Ben Along Time joins the Florida retiree club at Clayton Fredericks’ stables

Ben Along Time (Ben) is living out every person’s horse’s dream of retiring in sunny Ocala, Florida. He seems more than content with his new home, arriving at Clayton Fredericks’ Greenbrier Stables this week after making the long trek from Hong Kong, China. Ben was in an active retirement in Hong Kong with his owners, Edwin and Peta McAuley, who were spoiling him rotten. Peta was competing Ben in some dressage competitions but recently made the decision to send him to Florida so he could enjoy total retirement with Clayton, his previous partner. The last and only time Ben was…

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More owners required to keep Glencento with Leahona Rowland

Last month, Leahona Rowland (CAN) began a campaign to raise the money to acquire the ride on Jordan Macdonald’s beloved Glencento with the full support of Shandiss, Jordan’s wife. Jordan was one of Canada’s top eventers and he passed away as a result of a fall on cross-country in June of this year. Leahona has graciously been given more time by the owners to pull the funds together by January 5th. A large number of shares have been purchased, however, there is still the need for a strong push in order to make sure all the shares are bought. The…

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Andrew Nicholson is offering to head back into the ring for New Zealand

It looks like Andrew Nicholson is content with how his recent meeting went with Equestrian Sport New Zealand. He met with them to discuss the incident at the World Equestrian Games when he was unsatisfied with the veterinarian care provided to Nereo. In a statement to The Press he said, “I’ve done the debriefing of the year with the HP people and now it’s just a case of letting them digest the whole thing,  I’m sure they have taken on board everything that has been said. I just gave my side of it, it’s up to them to do their…

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Taking her time to get it right – Caroline Martin – 30 Under 30

The youngest rider named to the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Eventing 2014 High Performance National Training List and most recently the 2015 High Performance Training Lists, Caroline Martin (USA) is just turning 20 years old. She won the FEI North American Young Rider Championships in 2013 and since she is still a ‘Young Rider’, she plans to contest the championship again this year with Spring Easy. Competing at the advanced level since she was 18, she has a competitive string of eight horses and seven of them are at the intermediate level and above. In addition, she has been…

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Seven gold FEI medals and counting – Laura Collett – 30 Under 30

She has been riding professionally since she was 16 years old and is amassing a riding resume that most eventers will only ever dream about. Laura Collette (GBR) has been making history since she was 17 when she became the youngest rider in history to win a CCI2*. She then went on to become the first British rider to win consecutive individual Junior FEI European Championships (2006, 2007). Continuing on her gold medal spree, in 2008 she was victorious once again winning individual and team gold at the Young Rider FEI European Championships. Transitioning to the senior ranks with enviable…

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Professional rider with a back up plan – Elaine Pen – 30 Under 30

A bronze team medal at the 2014 World Equestrian Games at the age of 24, is just one of Elaine Pen’s (NED) long list of impressive results. In her short career, she has 112 FEI event completions and she has won 12 of them. She is hoping to make a living as a professional rider but has a back up plan and is working on her Masters Degree in Law at the University of Leiden. She hopes to complete it by 2016 to coincide with her plans to represent the Netherlands at her second Olympics. Ambitious, and with consistent top…

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Gearing up for his seventh CCI4* – Tom McEwen – 30 Under 30

The achievements for Tom McEwen (GBR) began at the European Pony Championships with an FEI team gold medal and have not stopped. Winner of The Goldman Cup; winner of the Bramham U25 Championship CCI3*; the highest placed rookie at his Badminton debut in 2011 and the list goes on. The son of an equine veterinarian and a professional show jumper, Tom is keeping with the family tradition and is making a career in the horse business. He rides, produces, and sells horses to keep his operation going. At the age of 24, he will be competing at his seventh four-star…

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From fear of horses to fearless riding – Ludwig Svennerstal – 30 Under 30

His parent’s could never have envisioned that their little boy who was terrified of horses would someday storm around the Olympics as a world-class eventer. In 2012, Ludwig Svennerstal (SWE) did just that. Now, at the age of 24, his success continues, placing in the top ten at two different four-stars, on two different horses in the past two years. He produces horses to the top levels; coaches; and studies part-time. He has big plans and he has the ability, making him one one of the world’s Top 30 Under 30. Parents were thinking football Ludwig’s parents started riding after…

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Two time WEG rider and she is only 26 – Lara De Liedekerke-Meier – 30 Under 30

Lara De Liedekerke-Meier (BEL) is one of the few eventers in the world to have competed at two World Equestrian Games by the age of 26. However, she is incredibly modest about this accomplishment, “First of all, lets say that I may be one of the only riders at this age to do that, but riding for Belgium is easier than France, Germany and some other countries. It is a good accomplishment but it is somewhat easier for me than others. I was lucky enough to have a horse for both games.” Fair enough, but she also has had two…

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