Georgie and the Family

Georgie is based in Foxham, near Chippenham, Wiltshire and comes from a horsey family. She went to Stonar School and gained 10 GCSE’s before starting her career in Eventing. Thanks to the support of her family and current owners, she has started to make a name for herself as one of the top up and coming young riders in the sport.

In 2006 she won the Under 18 National Championships, then in 2007 and 2008 she won the Edy Goldman trophy for the top BE rider Under 21. She was also the first teenager for over a decade to complete Badminton and Burghley with clear cross country rounds in 2008, and in 2009 was the only rider to have two horses clear inside the time cross country at Badminton.

Towards the end of 2006 Georgie was selected onto the UK Sport – World Class Start Programme. The programme is aimed at young riders who could be potential Olympic candidates in the future. This runs for two years at a time and is a lottery funded scheme offering financial support as well as regular training days and sessions from top trainers. In November 2008 she was reselected for another 2 years.

Currently Georgie’s top horses include Running Brook ll and Birthday Night, horses who have given Georgie CCI**** experience. She had a great introduction into eventing with Song For Gull and Trenear, two rides that have provided her with a great start to her career, with wins including Necarne Castle CCIJ*, Chepstow CCI* U18 National Championships, and Avenches CCI* Switzerland.

Another of her top rides is Velosity III, owned by Ms Abigail Bingley, Mr Guy Briselden and her father. He is an up and coming 8 year old who shows a lot of potential. He was 3rd at Weston CCI* in 2009 and jumped a faultless double clear in his first CCI** at Hartpury 2010.

A busy and very successful 2009 season saw Georgie chosen as a member of the European Young Rider Squad at Kreuth in Germany. This season she has some fantastic horses competing at 3 and 4* level and some very exciting younger horses coming up through the grades.

Georgie had an up and down season throughout 2010. She had a bad fall from Skylight at Weston Park Advanced and damaged the ligaments in her shoulder. Subsequently Running Brook II knocked himself and Birthday Night had previously missed work so wasn’t fit enough, and both horses missed Badminton. Velosity was double clear in his first CCI** at Hartpury, and KBIS Starlet was 2nd in the CCI*. A fantastic Gatcombe Park with Birthday Night put them 4th in the Advanced. The season ended with a clear XC at Pau CCI**** on Running Brook.

Georgie is looking forward to the 2011 season with a few new rides at BE100 level. She is still looking to attract more owners and horses to join her team for 2011 with horses at all levels, but particularly at intermediate and above.

Says Georgie: “Thanks to family backing and my current owners, trainers and horses, I feel I am starting to establish myself in the sport but you must never stand still. It is a tough game and I aim to be in it for many years.”