Our Sponsored Riders
Ben has many accolades across his career which spans almost 30 years. Ben represented Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2009 European Championships, Windsor, and 2012 London Olympics. He won the team jumping gold medal at the London Olympics with Team GB, their first team jumping gold medal for 60 years. He also won bronze at the 2011 Europeans Championships in Madrid, Spain. He has won many international Grand Prix’s including the Olympia Grand Prix, Hickstead King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead, FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix at Wellington with various rides. In September 2013 he became the first British jumper in 20 years to be ranked world number one and in addition at the age of 22, he became the youngest person to have won the Hickstead Derby in England.
Michael is part of the Whitaker dynasty who are bred showjumpers and has been partnered with us for 30 years. Currently based outside of Nottingham he has so many achievements including 5 Olympic games, 5 world equestrian games and many national titles. Michael is ranked in the top 100 in the world and regularly campaigns his team of horses worldwide. Recent winnings include red rosettes in Hong Kong, Monte Carlo and also in the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix on home soil in London. While Michael competes at the highest stage of showjumping, his son Jack Whitaker is very closely following in his shadow and can also be seen competing in large events with his father.
With a show-jumping career spanning over forty years, Nick Skelton (CBE) is a legend in the equestrian world. No other rider has won so many major competitions on so many different horses and he is as popular at Olympia and Hickstead as he is at Aachen, Geneva, Paris and Spruce Meadows. Skelton has competed in eight Olympic Games. He was part of the gold medal-winning Great Britain team at London 2012 and made history by winning the individual Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016, riding at the age of fifty-eight his beloved horse Big Star. Nick Skelton began riding at the age of eighteen months on a Welsh pony called Oxo. At the age of seventeen in 1975, Skelton took team silver and individual gold at the Junior European Championships. He has competed many times at the European Show Jumping Championships, winning numerous medals, both individually and with the British team. In 1980 he competed in the Alternative Olympics, where he helped the British team to a silver medal. He still holds the British Show Jumping High Jump record that he set in 1978. In 2000, Skelton was forced into an early retirement after he broke his neck from a serious fall. But following an amazing recovery he came out of retirement in 2002 to compete again and win such prestigious awards.
Shane and his wife Chloe run Breen Equestrian in Hickstead, England and has a career spanding over 40 years in show jumping. Shane has competed in 2 world equestrian games and 2 championship games. Shane is another one of our riders who is ranked in the top 100 in the world and has numerous grand prix wins this year right at the highest level of the sport. Last year (2017), Shane took over management of Team Z7, an international jumping, polo and show horse stable based in Dubai, UAE. Founded in 2005 by HH Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Shane is enjoying directing this successful team both nationally and internationally.
Geoff Billington is a British showjumper who has represented Great Britain on a number of occasions including during the European and World Championships and at the Olympics. As of Jan 2010, Geoff was ranked 13th on the Team GBR list.
Will, the current British Under-25 Champion, is based at Ingrams Eventing near the town of Battle in East Sussex. After a successful 2017 Will was the winner of the British Eventing Britannia three-star league – awarded to a rider who has not represented GB at a senior championship.
Will started riding aged nine when his mother took him to the local riding school. He started eventing with the East Sussex Pony Club and competed in his first affiliated event in 2008 (aged 12). In 2010 he was selected to represent the South East region at the Weston Park JRN and the following year won the same competition (Pioneer Silvie) and in 2012 won the CCI1* at Weston Park with his new ride Livingstone.
In 2013 he and Pioneer Silvie won individual bronze at the Junior European Championships in Jardy and the following year, on Livingstone, was the U21 National Champion. In 2015 he won team and individual gold at the Young Rider Europeans in Strzegom and in 2017 with Collien made his senior Nations Cup debut at Houghton (4th & team 2nd).
In 2013 Michael moved from Ireland to England to work with Shane Breen at Hickstead but has since established his own business yard based in Sussex. He has been running this successfully for the past 3 years and has attained many national and international results. These include placings on CSIO5* Nations Cups teams representing Ireland all around the world and also as part of the Global Champions Tour series where he was placed in the top 5 in Mexico City, Monte Carlo and Estoril (Portugal).
Amy is based with her partner Michael Duffy in Sussex, England and has represented Great Britain in 5 European junior and pony championships. This year Amy has had winnings at European Championships and also 2/3* Grand Prix’s in France and Portugal. Together with Michael, we are delighted to have this successful couple as our sponsored riders.
Matt, now 28 years old is based in Yorkshire and is a prolific showjumper posting both wins abroad and also at prestigious venues in the UK such as Hickstead including 2 times winning the British Speed Derby. Matt was placed very well this year at the World Breeding Championships in Belgium. He started 2018 off at the Spanish Sunshine Tour which included wins at the 3/4* level along with wins in the young horse series. Matt is known for producing young horses and bringing them through to become champions proven by his recent placings in Belgium this year.
Georgia has ridden successfully up to CSI4* level. In 2017 she won several National Premier Grand Prix, and qualified for the U23 Championships at Olympia. Georgia has now been placed in several CSI2* Grand Prix. She was also the leading rider in the CSI2* in Dubai recently.
Richard, the Irish man, has been based on the English side of the Irish Sea now for over 5 years. Currently operating out of Wetherby in Yorkshire as HK Horses, Richard has represented Ireland at every level including recent form in CSIO5* Nations Cups teams. He has competed on 3 championship team events and this year was the 5 year old World Champion having claimed this title at the World Breeding Championships Lanaken, Belgium. Richard has had prolific wins throughout 2018 from young horse Grand Prix’s right up to the CSI5* level winning the Spanish Grand Prix of Gijon on board his teams horse Dolores.
Jake is one of the real young riding show jumping stars of Great Britain. His grandfather Jake Saywell was an international rider and competed at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. His father Andrew and mother Emma jumped internationally for Great Britain and Jake himself has represented Team GB in the youth Olympic games 2014. Jake started his international 2018 season this year at the Spanish Sunshine Tour and has since continued on wonderful form. There he won the CSI3* Grand Prix and beyond that more recently was successful at the CSI5* Global Champions Tour show in London.