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 […]