Laureates

Colonel Sir Michael Ansell

Although an excellent all-round horseman, showjumping was Colonel Ansell’s greatest passion. During his time as a prisoner of war in Germany, he formulated a plan for the revival of British showjumping, which was largely responsible for the success and popularity of the sport today.

Upon his return to England, Colonel Ansell was elected Chairman and Vice-President of the BSJA. He quickly introduced the requirement to register horses and ponies, as well as the recording of results. He also initiated the grading system, thus allowing novice horses a fairer chance of winning and progressing.

Colonel Ansell also helped to launch the first BSJA National Championship in 1945. The course design was innovative and entertaining, and the show was a resounding success. The BSJA also took over the selection of the British international showjumping team, which has been successful ever since.

He was Chairman of The British Horse Society and the BSJA for 20 years, and was the first president of the British Equestrian Federation.

George Bowman

George Bowman is 19 times British National Carriage Driving Champion.

Caroline Bradley

David Broome

David Broome’s riding career began at the age of two, when he was given his first pony. In 1959, aged just 19, he became British showjumping’s leading money winner.

During his career, David represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games four times, earning individual bronze medals in 1960 with Sunsalve, and 1968 with Mr Softee. He also has the distinction of being the only rider to have won the men’s individual championship three times, the British National Championship six times, and to have lifted the prestigious King George V Gold Cup on five occasions.

After representing Great Britain 106 times in Nations Cup events, David retired from international teams in 1994, having spent more than 30 years as one of the world’s top showjumpers.

Douglas Bunn

Douglas Bunn was born on 1 March 1928. A barrister, he had a lifelong interest in showjumping, having been Chairman, President, and Honorary Vice-President of the British Showjumping Association.

Having competed successfully on ponies before turning to horses, Douglas owned many showjumpers, notably The Maverick, latterly ridden by Alison Dawes. He competed Beethoven successfully himself before giving the ride to David Broome, who won the World Championships in La Baule in 1970 on this horse. Douglas was also Chef d’Equipe of many British teams.

In 1960 he opened the All England Showjumping Course at Hickstead, incorporating many permanent obstacles in its international arena. Hickstead is now home to many prestigious events in the national and international calendars including the Royal International Horse Show, the Hickstead Derby, the British Nations Cup, and the Schools Showjumping championships.

Sophie Christiansen OBE

Sophie Christiansen is a leading light of para dressage who has won several medals in three consecutive Paralympic Games.

At 16, she was Great Britain's youngest athlete in the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games and won her first Paralympic medal at these Games before winning three Gold medals at the European Championships in Hungary the following year. Her Paralympic medal record since has totalled three Golds, one silver and one bronze, becoming Great Britain's first Paralympic triple Gold medallist at the 2012 Games. She also claimed Gold at the 2007 World Championships in the freestyle dressage, taking bronze in the individual dressage event.

Sophie was appointed as an MBE in 2009 and as an OBE in 2013 for services to equestrianism.

Kristina Cook

Kristina Cook was just ten years old when her father Josh Gifford trained Aldaniti to win the Grand National and it was almost inevitable that she too would excel with horses. Her first major success was a Team Gold medal at the 1987 Junior European Eventing Championships and from there she has gone on to be a consistent member of the British team, winning European, World and Olympic medals.

In 2009 she won her first major title, the Individual Gold at the European Championships in Fontainebleau, France, with Miners Frolic.

Charlotte Dujardin OBE

Charlotte's rise in the dressage world has been meteoric. Their medals haul has included two Olympic Golds, two Golds and one Silver at the 2014 World Equestrian Games; five Golds, one Silver and one Bronze at European Championships; and two Golds in the Dressage World Cup.

She was the first to hold all individual elite dressage titles: the individual Olympic freestyle, World freestyle and Grand Prix Special, World Cup individual dressage and European freestyle and Grand Prix Special titles.

With a strong equestrian background including wins at the Horse of the Year Show and Hickstead, Charlotte took up dressage after encouragement from trainer Debbie Thomas. She was talent-spotted by Carl Hester MBE after becoming a groom on his yard and began taking coaching from Carl before being asked to develop Valegro in 2011.

Charlotte remains at Carl's yard and was appointed an OBE for services to equestrianism in 2013.

Anneli Drummond-Hay

Anneli Drummond-Hay is the only rider to have competed at the very highest level in eventing, dressage and showjumping, winning a host of titles during her illustrious career.

At just 16 years old Anneli won the Pony European Championships, and is well remembered for her Burghley and Badminton Horse Trials wins on her famous horse Merely a Monarch, her place in the record books being assured by her winning Badminton by the largest margin in history.

Following this Anneli turned to showjumping with Merely a Monarch and another horse, Xanthos. In 1963 she was a member of the winning Nations Cup teams at Rome and London and was leading lady rider at Rome and Geneva. Her Nations Cup appearances totalled five between 1963 and 1971, four on Merely a Monarch and one on Xanthos.

Liz Edgar

Liz Broome, who was born in 1943, quickly established herself as a talented rider, making her first appearance at the Horse of the Year Show at the age of 12. Three years later she was sweeping the board at county shows.

In 1960 and 1961 Liz won the Young Rider Championship. She has also won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup a record five times (1977, 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1986). In 1980 Liz set another record by becoming the first woman to win the Aachen Grand Prix.

Liz competed in the Nations Cup 16 times and has lifted the Cup on three occasions, in 1979, 1980 and 1985.

Liz is married to Ted Edgar and, along with their daughter Marie, now runs a highly acclaimed training yard.

Ted Edgar

Ted, who was born in 1935, competed regularly in junior competitions before moving to the senior competitions at the age of 14. He won the Horse and Hound Cup in 1956, the National Championship in 1958, and the Leading Showjumper of the Year Championship at the Horse of the Year Show in 1958.

In 1969 Ted bought Uncle Max and went on to win the King George V Cup later that year. In 1971 Ted leased Uncle Max and another horse, Snaffles, to the Everest Double Glazing Company, which was the foundation of one of the most successful and long lasting sponsorship deals in the equestrian world.

In 1980 Ted decided that, as the result of injuries, he was going to stop riding and start training full time at the Everest Stud, where he still works with his wife, Liz, and daughter, Marie. In his training career Ted has trained several leading riders including Nick Skelton, Lesley McNaught, Geoff Luckett and Janet Hunter.

Ginny Elliott

Virginia ‘Ginny’ Elliot is one of the most successful British event riders in history. Her career began with team and individual gold at the Junior European Championships in France in 1973, and over the next 23 years, Ginny amassed a staggering list of achievements.

She achieved back-to-back individual and team gold medals at the European Championships in 1985 and 1987, and individual and team gold at the World Championships in 1986, in Gawler, Australia. She also had a remarkable record at Badminton and Burghley Horse Trials, winning both events on three occasions.

One of her most successful partnerships was with a horse called Priceless, who is also in the Hall of Fame.

William Fox-Pitt

William Fox-Pitt ‘s background is steeped in horses; his mother was a member of the British three-day event team and his father completed Badminton and Burghley Horse Trials. Perhaps not surprisingly, William excelled at eventing from an early age, winning medals at Junior and Young Rider European Championships.

At the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, he was a member of the British team that finished fifth. At the Athens Olympics eight years later, he won a team silver medal, adding to his many international honours. He has won five European team gold medals, two European individual silver medals, a World team bronze from Jerez in 2002 and World team silver in Aachen in 2006.

In 2005, he was British Open Champion for the third time at Gatcombe Park; in 2006, he won both the British Intermediate Championships and British Novice Championships, and won his sixth Burghley title in 2011.

Pippa Funnell

Since winning her first European title in 1999, Pippa Funnell has achieved an impressive array of international honours. She has won three European team gold medals, Olympic team silver in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 and team bronze at the World Equestrian Games in 2002. Her individual triumphs include gold at consecutive European Championships in 1999 and 2001 with Supreme Rock, and an Olympic bronze medal with Primmore's Pride.

In 2003 Pippa earned herself a place in the history books as the first rider ever to complete the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing by adding the Burghley title to victories at Lexington and Badminton Horse Trials.

The same year Pippa also became the first rider to win Blenheim International Horse Trials three times, a title she took again the following year. She finished 2003 as the world’s leading event rider.

In May 2005 Pippa won her third Badminton title in superb style with Primmore’s Pride, leading from the start and narrowly defeating her great rival William Fox-Pitt on Tamarillo.

William Funnell

Showjumper William Funnell, a veteran of many Nations Cup teams, has enjoyed success at the highest level of the sport, with wins including the Hickstead Derby in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011 and the La Baule Derby in 2011. He has won over 20 international titles and represented Great Britain across the globe.

William has also been bringing on young horses for over 20 years and together with his wife, Pippa, and  Donal Barnwell, William runs the Billy Stud, breeding competition horses in Surrey.

Mary Gordon-Watson

Mary is perhaps best known as a member of the eventing team that brought home gold for Britain in the Munich Olympics of 1972, with Richard Meade, Bridget Parker and Captain Mark Phillips. The Times newspaper subsequently rated that victory as one of the 30 greatest sporting achievements of all time.

That British team was the first since the Dutch in 1928 to retain the three-day event title for their country. Remarkably, the horse ridden by Mary in 1972, Cornishman V, had also helped to win the title at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico with Richard Meade as his rider.

Mary won individual gold on Cornishman V at the European Championships in France in 1969 and the World Championships at Punchestown in 1970. She is one of only three riders to hold both titles at the same time. Mary also won team gold at the Europeans at Burghley in 1971.

Mary has gone on to become one of our most distinguished equestrian writers.

Lucinda Green

Lucinda Green has achieved some of the highest accolades in the sport of eventing, having been World Champion in 1982 and twice European Champion.

She has helped the British team to win a whole host of titles including gold at the 1982 World Championships in Luhmuhlen, European team gold at Burghley in 1985, three European team silver medals and team silver at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984 riding Regal Realm.

In a sparkling career, Lucinda has also won Badminton Horse Trials on six occasions. In 1983 and 1984 she won consecutive Badminton titles with Beagle Bay, a horse on which she also won Burghley in 1981.

Cynthia Haydon

Cynthia Haydon was Britain’s leading Whip in the post-war years of 20th century.

Carl Hester MBE

Dressage star Carl became the youngest ever rider to represent Britain when he made his debut at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. He represented Britain at the Sydney Olympics, and he has more than 30 national championship titles to his name.

Bertie Hill

Bertie Hill became an amateur jockey in point-to-point racing, after serving in the Second World War, and went on to represent Britain in three-day eventing.

He won the 1954 European individual and team gold on Crispin, and a gold medal at the 1956 Olympic games in Stockholm.

Bertie and his wife opened a riding school in the 1960s and trained a number of future international riders, including Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips.

Jane Holderness-Roddam CBE

Jane Holderness-Roddam was the first woman to compete in an Olympic three-day event and in doing so became part of the Gold-winning British eventing team at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, before going on to win Badminton in both 1968 and 1978 and Burghley in 1976.

A past Chair of numerous equestrian organisations, Jane is also the author of over 25 books. She was appointed a CBE for services to equestrian sport in 2004 was presented with the Queen's Award for Equestrianism in 2009 and now owns West Kington Stud in Wiltshire with her husband.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

As an equestrian, The Duke of Edinburgh is probably best known for his work in the carriage driving discipline. He favoured four-in-hand carriage driving and drove The Queen's team of Fell ponies. He represented Britain at several European and World Championships and, in 1968, he initiated the formulation of new rules for the modern Horse Driving Trials.

Prince Philip devised the rules for the Pony Club mounted games in 1957, and the Prince Philip Cup celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2007 at the Horse of the Year Show.

In 1986 the Australian Pony Club received permission to use Prince Philip’s name for its mounted games and a separate cup was created for its tournaments.

Prince Philip was President of the International Equestrian Federation from 1964 to 1986. He was also an accomplished polo player.

He has written a number of books on equestrianism, including Competition Carriage Driving, The Noble Horse, Driving and Judging Dressage and 30 Years on and off the Box Seat.

HRH The Princess Royal

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal was a leading member of the British eventing team at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

Throughout her career the Princess had a number of international successes, not least winning the 1971 European Championships at Burghley with her outstanding horse Doublet.

In 1973 Her Royal Highness competed as an individual in the European Championships at Kiev in the Soviet Union. The following year, she finished 12th at the World Championships at Burghley.

In 1975, Her Royal Highness won team and individual silver medals in the European Eventing Championships held in Luhmuhlen, West Germany, riding HM The Queen’s horse Goodwill.

The Princess was consistently placed at Badminton Horse Trials throughout the 1970s, including a fifth place finish in 1971 with Doublet, fourth in 1974 and sixth in 1979 with Goodwill.

Lorna Johnstone

Lorna Johnstone was the oldest ever female Olympic competitor when she took part in the dressage at Munich in 1972, finishing 12th.

Mary King

Mary King, who was born in Devon in 1961, became interested in eventing after an inspirational visit to Badminton Horse Trials with the Pony Club as an 11 year old.

Mary competed at Badminton for the first time at the age of 24 and finished seventh. She subsequently won the event in 1992 on King William and again in 2000 on Star Appeal.

In 2001 Mary broke her neck after a serious fall, but made a full recovery and attended the 2003 European Championship as part of the British team.

Mary has also won four gold medals for team events at the World Equestrian Games and European Championships and represented Britain in four Olympic Games, picking up Silver in Athens. Mary has been British Open Champion three times and won a team silver in the World Equestrian Games in 2006.

Colonel Harry Llewellyn

Colonel Harry Llewellyn won two Olympic medals riding Foxhunter. Just a year after buying the horse as a six-year-old novice, Harry rode him to a bronze medal at the 1948 London Olympic Games. The pair then triumphed at the 1952 games in Helsinki, the team winning Great Britain’s only gold medal at that Olympics.

The partnership was hugely successful internationally, winning an amazing 78 competitions. They also remain the only horse and rider combination to win the King George V Gold Cup three times.

Jennie Loriston-Clarke

Jennie Loriston-Clarke is one of the greatest British dressage riders of all time. She had many successes at international level, including representing Great Britain at five Olympic Games and won bronze at the World Championships in 1978, the same year that she became a Fellow of The British Horse Society.

After retiring from international competition, Jennie now judges dressage at the highest level. She was also the Chef d’Equipe of the British Under 21s dressage teams, who achieved success in European Pony, Junior and Young Rider competitions.

In 2006 Jennie was the first person to receive the BHS Queen’s Award for Outstanding Services to Equestrianism.

Ben Maher

Showjumper Ben Maher began riding at the age of eight and went on to train as Liz Edgar after leaving school. He first represented Great Britain in the Olympics at 25. At the 2012 London Olympics, Ben was part of the country's first showjumping Gold medal team in 60 years.

Ben has won numerous international Grand Prix titles including at Olympia and the King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead, as well as team and individual medals at European Championships.

Ann Moore

Ann Moore began her riding career as a member of the North Warwickshire Pony Club and competed in showjumping competitions until she changed to horses at the age of 15. She soon formed a winning partnership with the brown gelding Psalm and from 1966 to 1972 the pair were virtually unbeatable.

Ann’s major wins included the Queen Elizabeth II Gold Cup at the Royal International Horse Show and individual gold medals at the Women’s European Championships in St Gallen in 1971, and Vienna in 1973.

Her greatest achievement however, was winning an individual silver medal at the Munich Olympics Games in 1972 with Psalm.

Marion Mould

Marion Mould is most famous for her partnership with Stroller, the 14.2hh pony with whom she won many prestigious classes against much bigger horses.

In 1963, Marion and Stroller launched their career as part of the winning junior European Championship team and many more successes followed. Their bond was so strong that Marion refused to part with Stroller in favour of a bigger horse, and in 1965 he helped her to win the Ladies’ World Championship. Marion was also the first woman to win leading rider in the same year.

Two years later, the pair were also victorious in the Hickstead Derby, and were awarded the Wills Hickstead gold medal five consecutive times for points gained during the year.

At the 1968 Olympics, Marion won the first ever individual silver medal to be awarded to a woman. All in all, the combination of Marion and Stroller won 61 international competitions.

Richard Meade

Richard Meade was a triple gold medallist eventer.

Robert Oliver

Count Robert Orssich

The legendary Robert Orssich was the premier show producer of his day. He produced and showed hacks and hunters and was well known for the standard of presentation of his horses.

Producer of the hack Liberty Light and the heavyweight hunter Moonstone, Count Orssich is believed to be the only person to have won both the hack and hunter championships at White City in the same year. He also won championships at the Royal International, Royal Windsor, Horse of the Year, City of Bath and Royal Shows.

Together with his friend, Geoffrey Cross, he was the instigator of the first Windsor Horse Show which started as a one-day horse and dog show in 1942 to raise funds for the War effort. Count Orssich was also President of Billy Smart’s Circus for several years.

As a trainer, too, he achieved distinction with the successful rider Annie Davey benefiting from his tutelage.

Tragically, in October 1987 Count Orssich suffered severe injuries following a freak accident when helping to load a horse, from which he was never to recover.

Lee Pearson

Lee’s remarkable career includes winning three gold medals at the Paralympics in Athens and another three golds at the Sydney Paralympics. He also won the National Elementary Dressage Championship against able-bodied riders.

Captain Mark Phillips

In 1972 Captain Mark Phillips was a member of the British three-day event team which won a gold medal at the Munich Olympics. He won Badminton Horse Trials in 1971 and 1974 riding Great Ovation, and again in 1981 on Lincoln.

Mark Phillips remains a leading figure in British Equestrian circles and has served as Chef d’Equipe of the United States Eventing Team. He is a pre-eminent course designer, trainer and journalist.

Malcolm Pyrah

As a World and European team and individual showjumping medallist between 1978 and 1988, Malcolm achieved an impressive array of international honours, representing Great Britain in more than 60 Nations Cups on more than 20 horses. A member of the British showjumping team in 1967/1968, his Grand Prix wins include Rome, Calgary and Aachen.

Malcolm’s success goes beyond his own personal competition history. As a renowned team manager his successes came during his tenure of the offices of Chef d’Equipe for both Senior and Young Rider Great Britain teams and team trainer for Great Britain between 1990 and 2000 (during which time Great Britain won both World and European medals). Malcolm also held the post of Chairman of International Affairs for Great Britain between 1996 and 2000.

An accredited BSJA coach, Malcom has also trained international showjumpers, including Billy Twomey, Nick Skelton and Robert Whitaker.

Anna Sewell

Anna Sewell wrote the famous children’s classic, ‘Black Beauty’. She was also a pioneer of equine welfare.

Anna had always loved horses. ‘Black Beauty’, written between 1871 and 1877, was her first and only novel. It has become one of the best-loved children’s books of all time, although Anna originally intended it to be read by those who worked with horses.

The novel expresses Anna’s own views on cruelty to animals, and especially the use of the bearing rein. This was often used to excess during the nineteenth century, when fashion dictated that horses’ heads should be carried unnaturally high when in harness. When used in this way, the rein made pulling weight difficult and could impede breathing. The rein, in this cruellest form, was banned partly due to the outcry caused by ‘Black Beauty’.

Harvey Smith

Harvey Smith is widely regarded as one of Britain’s greatest ever showjumpers. He won his first rosette on a milk cart pony, borrowed from a local farm! He represented Britain for the first time at the Nations Cup in Dublin in 1958, and became Leading Showjumper of the Year in 1959.

Harvey represented Great Britain twice at the Olympic Games, achieving individual fourth place with Summertime in Munich, 1972. He has been on more than 70 Nations Cup teams and has won every national championship, along with more than 50 Grands Prix.

Harvey has a reputation for buying and bringing on difficult horses and also for a varied career. He has spent time farming, bricklaying, on stage, wrestling and training racehorses!

Ian Stark

Ian Stark's first major eventing win was at Bramham Horse Trials in 1983 riding Sir Wattie.

In 1984, riding Oxford Blue, Ian helped the British eventing team win a silver medal at the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He won individual and team silver medals at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 with Sir Wattie.

In 1990 Ian won a silver medal in the World Championships riding Murphy Himself, and two gold medals at the European Eventing Championships in 1991 riding Glenburnie. At the European Eventing Championships in 1997 he won team gold on Arakai, and won the Badminton Horse Trials in 1999 on Jaybee.

In 2000, the British eventing team, with Ian riding Jaybee, won another silver medal at the Olympic Games held in Sydney. Ian came individual 10th at the same games on Arakai.

He retired from competition upon completing the 2007 Rolex three-day event. He is now a senior selector, cross-country course designer and BE Accredited Coach. Ian’s outstanding contribution to coaching led to him being awarded with an Honorary Fellowship of The British Horse Society.

Nick Skelton

Nick Skelton is one of showjumping’s most prolific winners. His illustrious career has spanned more than 30 years, making him one of the world’s most successful riders.

Among Nick’s stunning array of achievements are six Olympic appearances, including team silver at the Alternative Olympics in Rotterdam, 1980. His international career also includes 1,225 wins, 60 Grand Prix wins and 160 appearances for Team GB, with 13 championship medals.

Domestically, Nick has triumphed three times in the Hickstead Derby, and won the King George V Gold Cup four times. He also holds the British equestrian high-jump record, having cleared more than 7ft 7in on Lastic in 1978. Nick’s overall winnings amount to more than £4 million.

A near-fatal accident in 2000 led Nick to retire in 2001. However, he is now back to competing, after being given the all-clear by a specialist in 2002.

Pat Smythe

Pat Smythe was the first female showjumper to achieve success at both national and international level.

Pat’s career began riding polo ponies, but her first major showjumping successes were with the brilliant grey mare, Tosca, with whom she was the first lady to ride on a Nations Cup team. The team won the Prince of Wales Cup in 1952. Pat also won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, the most coveted of all ladies’ prizes.

With Flanagan, Pat achieved four Ladies’ European Championships and she and Flanagan also represented Great Britain at the 1956 Stockholm Olympic Games, where they won team bronze and Pat became the first woman to compete in an Olympic equestrian event.

Laura Tomlinson

Laura started riding when she was three, hitting the floor more often than not in the early days! By her teens she had started to enjoy success, winning pony team silver at the Europeans at the age of 14. Since then she has been on the British championships team every year through juniors, young riders and now seniors.

Laura has benefited from the help of Klaus Balkenhol and her father, Dr Wilfried Bechtolsheimer, who is now her trainer. Her breakthrough came in 2009, when she achieved a personal best and set a new British record in Den Bosch, Holland. This was followed by wins in Hagen and another personal best and British record in Lingen. Later that year Laura represented Great Britain at the Windsor European Dressage Championships with Mistral Hojris (Alf) where she won team silver and individual bronze. She finished 2009 ranked sixth in the world.

More success followed in 2010, including three silver medals at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. Laura rounded off the year as the first Briton to win the Reem Acra FEI World Cup.

In 2011 Laura rose to world number two and was part of the gold medal-winning British team at the European Championships in Rotterdam, where she took individual bronze.

Vin Toulson

Leading showman Vin Toulson was a producer of top hunters, clinching wins at the Horse of the Year Show across the 1970s and 1980s. The former point-to-pointer was also renowned for breeding top-class hunters in his latter years.

John Whitaker MBE

During a long and distinguished career, John Whitaker has earned himself a reputation as one of the most talented and empathetic horsemen of all time. His inspirational partnerships with Ryan’s Son and Milton were among the most successful in showjumping history.

John has represented Britain at six Olympics, winning an Individual silver and two team silver medals. At the European Championships John has won four team and two individual silver medals, as well as three team and one individual Gold. Most recently, John represented Great Britain in the Super League Nations Cups of 2007 and 2008, winning firsts at Rome and Rotterdam (2007) and Rome (2008).

Michael Whitaker

For many years Michael Whitaker has been one of the best recognised faces in British showjumping. He has achieved an impressive string of victories, winning the prestigious King George V Gold Cup on four occasions.

In 1980 he became the youngest ever winner of the Hickstead Derby at the age of 20, a title he reclaimed for three successive years in the early nineties with the talented horse Monsanta.

Michael has an outstanding record with the British team, having competed at four Olympic Games, four World Championships and a remarkable 12 European Championships. His medal haul includes a World team silver medal, World team bronze, eleven European Championship medals and a team silver medal at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.

Michael has also competed in no fewer than 169 Nations Cups, winning on 34 occasions.

Wilf White

Wilf White was born in 1904 and grew up to become a stalwart of Nations Cup showjumping and a key figure of the sport.

Very narrowly missing out on individual Gold at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics with Nizefala, the famously laid-back Wilf was nevertheless part of the British team who took team Gold that year. After then helping the country to team Bronze in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, he was honoured with an OBE in 1958 for his services to showjumping.

Sheila Wilcox

Sheila Wilcox rode in her first three-day event in 1955, partnered by High and Mighty when she was aged just 18. A year later, she completed Badminton Horse Trials in second place. At Badminton in 1957, Sheila topped the leader-board throughout and won and went on to achieve two more Badminton triumphs, making her the only woman in history to have won the event for three consecutive years.

Sheila and High and Mighty represented Great Britain in the 1957 European Championships, where they achieved both team and individual gold. Two years later, the partnership helped the British team to another gold medal.

After a fall left her partially paralysed in 1971, Sheila began to compete in dressage. She also excelled in this discipline, reaching Grand Prix level.

Dorian Williams

Dorian Williams was the first major equestrian commentator on BBC Television to capture mass audiences, and greatly popularise the sport in post-war Britain.

Mrs VDS Williams

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