Denis Lynch

Denis LynchDenis Lynch (born 3 May 1976) is an Irish German show jumper. Denis grew up in Tipperary, Ireland, where his grandfather taught him to ride as a young boy. Originally, he wanted to be a steeplechase jockey but as he grew up he became 'too tall and too heavy' to become a jockey. Instead he concentrated on show jumping.

Winning the Grand Prix in Aachen is for him the most memorable moment in his career, which is strongly influenced by his sponsor Thomas Straumann. Denis’ motto is to 'never give up' and Lantinus is his best horse so far. More info can be found here.

David Simpson

David SimpsonDavid Simpson has represented Ireland in Pony, Junior, Young Rider and Senior Show Jumping Teams. David trained with Shane Breen for seven years, not only competing on his own horses, but also producing young horses for Breen Equestrian and assisting with sales, breeding and training.

Recently David has enjoyed many good International and National results including being second in the Speed Derby at Hickstead, being second in both the Area International Trial and the Grand Prix at the South of England Show, and winning the Kingsland Grand Prix at Pyecombe. More information on David can be seen here.

Bruce Davidson

lrg-bruce-davidsonBruce Davidson has been a member of the U.S. Equestrian Team since 1971. He was a member of two Olympic gold medal teams, 1976 and 1984, and earned two Olympic silver team medals in 1972 and 1996. In 1974, riding Irish Cap, Davidson was the first American to win the World Championships at Burghley in England.

Bruce continues to breed, train and compete world class event and multi-discipline horses. He lives at Chesterland during the spring, summer and fall, but they move to their farm in Ocala over the winter months. He is actively campaigning several horses in the 2010 season and is setting his sites on Rolex and the World Equestrian Games.

Beat Mändli

BeatBeat Mändli (born 1 October 1969) is a Swiss equestrian and Olympic medalist. In his junior career Mändli packed his suitcases and moved to Ted and Liz Edgar’s farm in England. At that time, Ted was regarded as one of the best trainers in the world and developed many future stars, such as Nick Skelton and Lesley McNaught. After a good year in England, Mändli returned to Switzerland and his father’s stable full of experience.

More recently Beat’s achievements include winner of the 3* Grand Prix in Treffen 2013, 2nd place in the Rolex FEI World Cup in Oslo 2012 and winner of the 4* Grand Prix in Wien in 2011. Beats advice is to ‘work hard, be happy with small steps, take your time and keep trying if it doesn’t work.’

Álvaro Affonso de Miranda Neto

AlvaroAlfonsodeMirandaNeto-SWWFzSKULzmÁlvaro Affonso de Miranda Neto is an Olympic-class Brazilian show jumper. Miranda grew up in his native Brazil, but has been based in Europe since 1995. 

Miranda is a four-time Olympic rider and two-time Olympic medalist. His Brazilian team won bronze medals at the 2000 Summer and 1996 Summer Olympic Games. At both the Atlanta and Sydney Games, he rode “Aspen Joter,” a stallion who was born in 1985. He partnered himself with “Countdown” for Brazil at the 2004 Summer Olympics, and again at the 2008 Summer Olympics.  

Alvaro’s wishes are to be part of the Brazilian Olympic Team and try for one more team and individual medals, particualy now Rio de Janerio has been awarded the 2016 Olympic Games.

Harrie Smolders

Harrie SmoldersHarrie Smolders is one of Holland's best riders with an impressive career behind him, but also a promising future ahead of him.  Harrie was then eight years old.   In his pony years Harrie managed to win several national titles in jumping, as well as in dressage and eventing.

When Harrie finished school at nineteen he decided to make a living out of the horses and went to the famous showjumper Johan Heins, who was looking for a rider. After staying with Heins, Harrie moved on to work for the Belgian Axel Verlooy – who runs Eurohorse and who was once a very successful rider himself.  Harrie has worked real hard to build an international sporting career. Pushing like this has gained Harrie at the moment a seat in the top 30 of the world rankings.  See Harrie's manjor achievements to date here.

Scott Brash

scott brashScott Brash MBE is a world top ranking Show Jumper.  Scott’s love for riding began at the age of seven, when he first took up the sport. He competed in his first show when he was nine. His rise through the ranks since those days has been largely due to a consistent and determined dedication to being the best that he can be. Aged just 28 years, his achievements already include an Olympic gold medal (for the team event at London 2012) and he was winner of the Global Champions Tour (the youngest ever to do so) in 2013.

As the year 2014 dawns he now ranks number one in the Longines World Ranking list, and can claim to be the nation’s hottest Show Jumping prospect at this exciting time for the sport in Britain.  More information on Scott can be found here.

Richard Davison

8653184Richard is a four-time Olympian (including the 2012 London Olympic Games) and has been at the fore-front of the international dressage world for three decades. As well as being among the world’s most experienced international riders he is in demand for his many other attributes.

The end of 2012 seen him completing his term of office as the British World Class Performance Manager and former British Dressage Team Captain. Since taking on the role in 2008, he has been credited for masterminding the strategic plan behind Britain’s most successful period of international successes resulting in their historic Olympic and European team golds and World Championship medals.  More information can be found here.

Gerco Schroder


Gerco Schröder was born 28th July and is a Dutch showjumper. 

Gerco Schröder represented the Netherlands at the 2004 Summer Olympics where he took part in the individual jumping competition and the show jumping team event alongside Wim Schröder, Leopold van Asten and Gert-Jan Bruggink.

In 2006 Schröder won team gold alongside Jeroen Dubbeldam, Piet Raijmakers and Albert Zoer at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen. Gerco finished 6th overall on the 2012 season rankings after a second place finish in our final Grand Prix event in Abu Dhabi in November 2012.

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Schröder won the silver medal in the individual.  At the 2013 CHI Al Shaqab event in Doha, Qatar, Schröder and his horse London won the CSI 5* Grand Prix title. Follow Gerco on facebook here. 

Geoff Billington

aboutGeoff Billington has been a leading figure on the show jumping circuit for over 30 years. He boasts both European and World Championship team bronze medals and has won numerous grands prix.

Geoff first started riding at a local stable in Accrington aged 9. From an early age he showed promise in the equestrian world, buying his first pony for £10 and going on to sell it for £325.

Geoff is most famous for his partnership with the much loved It's Otto, who received the BSJA Team Lifetime Award in 2001. When It's Otto arrived at Geoff's yard as a six-year old Geoff had planned to sell him, but following a chance injury he failed the vetting.

The duo went on to amass over £650,000 winnings, made 15 Nations Cup appearances, were Britain's highest-placed partnership at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and represented Britain again at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Geoff has been a long term supporter of Horse First, view our YouTube channel for latest videos of Geoff. 

Latest news on Geoff can be found here.

Laura Kraut

Laura KrautLaura Kraut was born November 14th 1965 in Camden, South Carolina. Laura is an American show jumping competitor and for almost two decades, Laura has represented the United States in the Olympic Games, World Cup Finals, and Nation’s Cup teams.

Laura began riding at age three in Atlanta, Georgia, after her mother encouraged her and her sister Mary Elizabeth to become involved with horses. The sisters still work together - Mary Elizabeth manages the horses, staff and barn in the USA while Laura trains and shows her current Grand Prix horses, and seeks out talented young horses to bring along. More information on Laura can be found here.

Michael Whitaker

9Michael Whitaker (born April 17, 1960) is a British Olympic equestrian rider, who competes in the sport of show jumping.

Younger brother of John Whitaker, Michael Whitaker began competing on ponies at the age of 7 years. At the age of 16, he made his debut in international competitions and at 20 years in 1980, he became the youngest winner of the famous Hickstead Derby. In September 1993 he took over from his brother John as the world’s no.1 show jumping ride.

Watch this short video clip for Michaels opinion on Horse First! 


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