Rider Working Group Members
Sarah Beadle - Warwickshire
I have been a member of BE on and off for around 20 years. I took a break from riding when we lived abroad for 3 years but as soon as we came home I was hungry for more. I currently compete at Novice/2* level whilst juggling a young family.
My drive and obsession for the sport seems to get worse as I get older and when I hang up my boots I would love to be involved in more volunteering and maybe even be on an organising committee.
Melanie Arnold - Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire based grassroots rider competing up to BE100
Elaine Tragett - Wiltshire
I am a Cornish lass at heart so the West Country is very important to me, I am now based in Wiltshire. I work full time in the IT industry to fund my very keen attempts at eventing. My proudest successes have been a top 12 finish in the old format long three days against all the professionals (2004! Yikes) and being long listed for the European ** Champs and winning the Retraining of Racehorses series many years later.
When not competing I will often be found as a steward, writer or general helper somewhere at local BE events, putting back into our sport as much as I can.
I am passionate about the aspects of our sport for the keen amateur, wanting to go Novice and beyond and enjoy the thrills of competing against the very best in the world.
WhatsApp 07884 664360
Rebecca Markillie - Yorkshire
I am currently based in South Yorkshire, having lived in Essex/ Cambridgeshire for most of my life. I am only recently discovering the bug that is eventing after acquiring a super bold youngster who has a love for XC! We dipped our toe in the water, using day tickets and completed a few 80s and have since become a full member and have managed to get round a few 90s last year. I am a true grassroots rider, balancing trying to event with a full time job, family, a house full of animals and am also full time slave to my 32 year old horse!
firstname.lastname@example.org or through Facebook - Silver Breeze Eventing
Sylvia Wajzner - Northamptonshire / Bedfordshire
I am a retired Corporate Banker living with my husband Dan on our family farm in North Bedfordshire. I have been riding & competing all my life but spent the last 20yrs on the ground supporting our daughter Beth with her 3 horses on the BE circuit up to Intermediate level. I regularly volunteer at BE events from scoring to fence judging to dressage writing. 2 yrs ago I bought my horse Blue and decided to give BE a go - I’ve been hooked ever since! Blue is not your typical event horse and we have proved that size / breed really doesn’t matter. We have successfully competed at BE80 & BE90, BD & BS and have qualified for BE80t regional finals for the last 2 seasons. Our goal for 2020 is to reach the BE80T finals at my local 5* event - Burghley….fingers crossed !
Martin Wright - Kent
I am a 55 year old amateur rider based in Kent and working full time in petrochemicals. I came up through the Pony Club from a non equestrian background and have previously ridden up to BE intermediate level. For 2020 I will compete 2 home bred horses at BE 100/novice and BE 80/90 levels and with my wife, Janine Lamy, we will support a grassroots rider moving up to BE from unaffiliated level. We were involved in training a group of Wobbleberry riders in 2018 and enjoy helping riders, especially adult returners to make the step up to affiliated competition in all disciplines. I was previously a Pony Club Area Representative and Trustee.
Miranda Heynes - Midlands
I first joined British Eventing in 1991 eventing at novice then briefly at Intermediate. Since 2004 I have been eventing at Grassroots levels of 90/100 on various horses but most recently my two coloureds Copper and Chrome and Ullard Boy. I juggle eventing with having two young children and running a holiday let business. I also am half owner of Shannondale Archie being competed by Bill Levett.
Pip Kerby - Dorset
I'm a 26-year-old prep school teacher based in Dorset. Eventing is a hobby I just can't shake and I have been lucky enough to come up through Ponies, Juniors and Young Riders. I now have all my eggs in one basket with one horse, who has just stepped up to Intermediate.
Mary Pearson - Scotland
I am a small animal and equine vet currently based in East Renfrewshire. I started eventing 12 years ago when I became too old to continue with pony club mounted games! I was quickly bitten by the eventing bug and haven't looked back since then. I currently have one horse of my own who has just stepped up to intermediate level and I am excited to see how far we can go over the next few years.
Sarah Gairdner - Oxfordshire
I grew up through Pony Club and made the natural progression to BE, producing my homebred to Advanced (3* Old money) and currently have young horses up to Intermediate. I am also a BE coach and have volunteered for many roles at events.
Trudy Johnson - Buckinghamshire
Hi everyone. Compared to some I’m relatively new to the sport. I got the “bug” after competing in the unaffiliated 3 day at Milton Keynes in 2010 it was great fun and I wanted more. I joined BE the following year.
I have produced all my own horses from unbacked 3 year olds. I currently have 2 horses competing successfully at Novice/2* and a very exciting rising 5 year old by Quality Time.
You will recognise me out on Xc in my red colours but can also contact me via my Facebook page - Twin Oaks Eventing or my own FB page,
email - email@example.com or the old traditional way of picking up the phone and talking to each other! 07535990008.