Alex Bragg: the farrier and rugby player turned five-star eventer — ‘I rode like a silverback gorilla’ *H&H Plus*

A late starter who took an unorthodox route into eventing, the five-star event rider’s life experiences nonetheless prepared him well. Pippa Roome meets him

Alex Bragg is proof that you don’t have to tread the beaten path through under-21 teams to make it as an event rider. When his peers were collecting junior medals, he was an apprentice farrier and semi-professional rugby player. When they were taking tentative steps beyond the young rider bubble, he was a newly-wed with […]

Life lessons: Mary Low (née Gordon-Watson) *H&H Plus*

The former world champion on having an “in-between horse”, and the Olympian who inspired her to take up eventing. Words by Pippa Roome.

Mary Low (née Gordon-Watson) won individual gold at the 1969 European and 1970 World Championships on Cornishman V, as well as three team gold medals, including at the 1972 Olympics.

Mary Gordon-Watson of Great Britain riding Cornishman V en route to winning the Eventing World Championship at Punchestown, Ireland on 13th September 1970. (Photo by Ed Lacey/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

I went straight from a 14hh home-bred pony on to Cornishman, who was 17hh. My father fell for him at a farm sale and bought him for £500 to be his hunter. We thought he’d paid too much, as the horse was wild and only four. It might have been good if I’d had an […]

Veteran five-star eventer Wesko — ‘We thought if nothing else, he’d be easy to sell as he was such a cool dude’ *H&H Plus*

This veteran five-star winner has an “amazing brain” and is a favourite with everyone, having bounced back from injury in 2016. Pippa Roome finds out more about him from his connections

Need to know Age: 18 Breeding: Karandasj x Mytens xx Rider: Tim Price Owner: Windrush Equestrian Foundation and rider Breeder: RJM Schoenaker Greatest achievements: second Hartpury CCI4*-S 2013; first Blair CCI4*-L 2013; first Tattersalls CCI4*-S 2014; first Luhmühlen CCI5* 2014; second Hartpury CCI4*-S 2014; represented Australia at the 2014 World Equestrian Games; second Kentucky CCI5* […]

Eventing dressage improving but not having more clout *H&H Plus*

EquiRatings figures show that dressage scores reached a record this year in international eventing. H&H spoke to riders and number-crunchers to find out what this means…

Alex Hua Tian and PSH Convivial take on the 2018 Bolesworth eventing grand prix

DRESSAGE scores in eventing are improving, but extra time to focus on flatwork during lockdown did not cause an outsize drop in 2020. Data analytics company EquiRatings reports the average international eventing dressage score has fallen from 38.6 in 2008 to 34.6 – a new record – in 2020. But the decrease for 2020 is […]

Remember the name: Phoebe Locke – ‘In eventing you can make an average horse good’

Over this festive season, we are shining a light on up-and-coming talent across the equestrian disciplines. These are riders you really need to keep an eye out for during the 2021 season…

Phoebe Locke riding PICA D'OR in CCI-S Y3* Section B during the Cornbury House International held in Cornbury Park near Finstock in Oxfordshire in the UK on the 13th September 2020
Phoebe Lock and Pica D’Or at Cornbury in 2020.

Phoebe Locke switched from showjumping to eventing and has been hugely successful in under-21 teams, plus she scored her first four-star win in 2020