BELLA INNES KER
Bella started competing at a young age; throughout school and University she juggled working and competing to a very high level, including becoming Junior National Champion and representing her country on three occasions at Junior and Young Rider Europeans. She won Blenheim International 4*L in 2018 and has exciting goals this season with her horses including her top horse, Highway being aimed at both of their first 5*.
Caroline is married to Trevor Breen and runs their joint venture Breen Sports Horses. She shares Trevor’s passion for show jumping, riding with great success at national and international competitions alongside the rest of the Breen Sport Horses team.
By the age of 25 Charlotte had produced three different horses to CCI5* level, and been recognised by the UK World Class Programme. At 20 she completed her first Badminton, and at 21 finished 4th individually and won team gold at the Young Rider European Championships with Little Beau. Charlotte has recorded a number of 4* accolades including 8th at Blenheim in 2011 with her Mother's homebred Out of Africa, who proved himself to be world class by finishing 5th and best of the British at Luhmuhlen CCI5* in 2012. They completed a total of four 5* events including Badminton (26th) and Burghley before ‘Zulu’ was retired. She has sold a number of talented horses in order to make eventing a career, her current top horse is Cooley Carnival Lady, who was 10th at Houghton 4*S.
Founder of Dynamic Performance Hub and EQ Bands, Dee So'oialo works with some of the world's leading horses and riders in the Olympic disciplines. Dee is specialist in rider and equine soft tissue, biomechanics and strength and conditioning. The Hub is the first of its kind in equestrian sport and was born from Dee's ambition to create an environment of performance for both horse and rider; a central base where ideas and practitioner expertise collaborate and implement multiple elements needed for the equestrian athlete. Creating a community of riders for on and off the horse training with some of the best in the world.
Harriet is an international Showjumper, producing horses up to 5* and Nation Cup level. A Touch Imperious is one of her horses of a lifetime coming 3rd in the St Gallen 5* Grand Prix and runner up in the Hickstead Derby 5 Times. Hickstead has been the place of many of her best results, including winning the Hickstead Speed Derby twice on Silver Lift and the Queen Elizabeth Cup on Galway Bay Jed.
Heidi is currently competing up to 4* level with the hope to move up to 5* soon. She was 3rd at Bramham 4*-U25 Championships in 2021 after winning an individual silver medal at the Junior European Championships and individual Bronze at the Young Rider European Championships. Heidi has a lot of exciting horses for the 2023 season.
Mary is a household name with an astounding 6 Olympic completions under her belt. She has also won all three (Badminton, Burghley and Kentucky) events of the Grand Slam of Eventing and 6 gold medals at World and European Championship level. She has been crowned the British Open Champion 4 times.
A Fellow of the British Horse Society and a British Eventing Master Coach, Nick now splits his time between coaching, competing and running a successful sport horse stud with his wife Amanda. Nick produced Badminton winner Chilli Morning to 5* and British Team member Grand Manoeuvre as well as a significant number of other horses in his long and successful career. Nick has an Armada dish for 5 clears at Badminton Horse Trials and has been a member of the British Nations Cup Squad. Nick is now on track to repeat his career successes, this time on homebred horses.
Nicola was an international event rider and part of the Team GB squad. She has represented Britain at the Olympic Games, World Games and European Championships, winning team medals at them all. In 2021 she won individual Gold and European Champions on JL Dublin. She has had numerous top 10 5* placings and wins at 4*L and been crowned British National Champion. Following her fall at Badminton in 2022, she has now retired from competitive eventing and is about to embark on a new career of coaching and mentoring eventers and their horses.
Tina has been Eventing professionally since she was 16 and regularly competed at major championships including two Olympic Games (including team Gold at London 2012), five World Equestrian Games and seven European Championships earning her 10 medals. She became European Champion in 2009 and more recently 2017 with her late horse Billy The Red.
Originating in Ireland, Trevor has ridden nationally and internationally all his life to great success. He captured the hearts of many at Hickstead in 2014, where he won the infamous Hickstead Derby on Addy, the one-eyed wonder horse. Trevor and Addy had a phenomenal collection of wins at the All England Jumping Course, in total they won the British Speed Derby (2009), the Eventing Grand Prix (2012), the All England Grand Prix (2012) and the Queen Elizabeth II Cup. It is a record that no other horse has come close to matching at Hickstead and cemented Trevor as a beloved household name.
Vittoria Panizzon is a 3-time Olympian, a multi-medalled Championship competitor, former World number 8, with placings at the very top levels of the sport – she has enjoyed top 10 finishes at 5* and championship level, along with numerous wins at CCI4* level. She has represented her country at Pony, Junior, Young rider and Senior levels has been a member of the national senior squad at major championships since 2005.
With the show season just around the corner it won’t be long before we’re spending hours grooming and prepping our horses the night before our first competition, hoping that they don’t cover themselves in stable stains or find a muddy patch to roll in before you need to load them on to the lorry at 5am.
Training can be one of the most rewarding parts of owning a horse, but we have all been there on the days where it does not go to plan. Some days we have an amazing training session, come away feeling like we are really progressing, and everything is clicking into place, and then other times your training can feel like it is stuck in a rut.