With the eventing season soon to kick off in earnest, we’ve scoured the country for the 10 most up-and-coming event riders of 2015.
1. Surrey-based livery yard manager Fiona Breach (32, pictured above) made the 2014 British Eventing (BE) ‘top 100 riders’ with several three-star results and was third in a CIC2* with Drumhowan Black Magic who is on the World Class (WC) equine pathway. She currently has two horses who could complete an ambition of competing at four-star.
2. Expect to see more of Lincolnshire-based Ros Canter (28) who should be on four-star start lists. A regular at the top of young horse classes she is now in with the big boys having made her Nations Cup debut last year. A member of the WC development squad she headed the ‘foundation points league’ last year and broke into the top 50 riders.
3. Nana Dalton (formerly Susanna Barker) represented Great Britain in 1999 and 2000 at the Young Rider (YR) European Championships. The now married 34-year-old mother from Haslemere currently has four horses competing at three-star and a long awaited four-star completion must be on the cards in 2015.
4, Twenty-two-year-old David Doel from Wiltshire will be at Badminton this year; he is the ‘guinea pig’ rider for the dressage test with Miss Caruso (with who he won the Cappoquin CCI2*). A member of last year’s bronze medal YR team David was awarded the Goldman Cup for the leading Under 21 rider (former esteemed recipients include Lucinda Green, Pippa Funnell and William Fox-Pitt) and was 41st in the top 100 rider list.
5.Somerset-based Millie Dumas (22) made the top 60 riders last year. A former member of two Junior European teams in 2013 she was a YR team silver medallist. Last year she won Tattersalls U25CCI** and completed Luhmuhlen her first four-star.
6. A four-star debut could be on the cards for last year’s Under25 Champion Tom Jackson (22) runner up to David Doel for the Goldman Cup and a YR team bronze medallist. Tom, who has ten promising horses based at his Kent yard, is also hoping for a Nations Cup call up. His leading horse, Waltham Fiddlers Find, was 26th in the top 100 horses.
7. Willa Newton (almost 25) from Leicestershire has had two previous four-star starts but has yet to complete; perhaps 2015 could be her year. Willa, a business management graduate from an equestrian family (her older sister Chloe also events) was 36th in top 100 riders last year. She has represented GB four times winning two team golds and a YR individual silver
8. Although he has made the top 30 for the last two years, has won a string of awards and has eight international horses Wills Oakden (25) who is based north of the border in Fife will perhaps become more widely known in 2015. A member of the WC Start programme he now has two home produced potential four-star horses and should be aiming for his first four-star completion this year.
9.German rider Niklas Bschorer (21) was last year based in Wiltshire for the season and like British-based Ludwig Svennerstal, is another successful graduate of the Yorkshire Riding Centre. He was runner up in the U25 Championship at Bramham, was well placed at in the CCI3* at Blenheim (13th) and competed on Nations Cup teams – all with different horses.
10. Although from an incredibly and international sporty family Gloucestershire-based 25-year-old shooting star Becky Woolven is the only horsey one. In 2010 she was World University Champion in dressage and two-years later she started riding full-time. Last year she made the top 100 riders list and achieved 10 international results on three horses including the best Under-25 when 11th in her first CCI3* at Blenheim.