Oliver Townend

Winner of both Badminton and Burghley in 2009, Oliver’s success has always been based on hard graft and a love for the horses he works with. Oliver inherited this love of horses from his parents. His dad, Alan, was also an event rider, while mum, Eve, showed side saddle at county level.

When Oliver set up on his own at Lubenham Lodge, Leicestershire, he had just a few pounds in his pocket but an unquenchable thirst for success. Less than five years later he was able to buy his own farm in Dudleston Heath near Ellesmere, Shropshire where he is now based.

In May 2014, at one of the toughest Badminton’s in decades, Armada finished in the runner up spot. Meanwhile Black Tie II placed 4th at his first ever CCI4* in  Luhmuhlen, earning Oliver a place on the British Squad for the 2014 World Equestrian Games, with Armada named on the Reserve list.

Exciting new equine faces arrived on the yard in 2015, notably PJ Hegarty’s Fenyas Elegance. Consistently good results earnt the pair a place at the European Championships at Blair Castle.

In 2015, Oliver also claimed both the British Novice and Intermediate Championship titles at Gatcombe riding Sonic de Sermentol and Note Worthy respectively, while Cooley SRS topped the leaderboard in the Ballindenisk CCI3*, his first run at the level.

Oliver has probably his best string of horses for the 2016 season. His famous greys might no longer be in the start box, but they have worthy replacements.

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