John began riding when he was just 6 years old on the family farm in Yorkshire and got his first taste of competition at the age of 8.
He achieved huge success winning medals at the World and European Championships during the 1980s and 1990s and silver at the LA Olympics in 1984. Most remembered for his partnership with two magical horses - Ryan's son and Milton - but he has the ability to make even the ordinary horse look extraordinary.
John received an MBE from Her Majesty The Queen in 2007. He has competed in 39 major international championships collecting 24 medals.