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    Harry Meade

    Harry is one of Britain’s leading event riders and has left no one in doubt that he is able to compete at top level. He has completed more CCI**** events than any rider has ever done by the age of 25, and is widely respected in the equestrian world for his quiet and sympathetic style of riding.

    I have always loved horses and wanted to event since I was a small boy. My father retired from competing when I was very young [Harry’s father, Richard, won three Olympic gold medals], but there were always working pupils of all nationalities based with us when we were growing up. They were almost like brothers and sisters at the time and some went on to reach the top, so it was obviously very exciting following them and not surprising that I wanted event when I was older.

    I was mad keen on riding as soon as I could walk, we all hunted and were in the pony club, but we never had smart ponies and very definitely rode for fun, something that I think stood me in good stead – this uncompetitive upbringing with horses allowed us to develop into natural riders. At eighteen I rode a neighbour’s horse in the pony club championships and won. By this time I was certain I wanted to event and being selected for the Junior European Championships in Germany gave me a taste of competing abroad. My parents were very supportive but made it clear they were not going to own horses for me so I took every opportunity I could to pick up rides.

    I worked as stable jockey for William Fox-Pitt throughout my time at Bristol University, which definitely had a lasting effect on me. The way he produces his horses – quietly giving them time, focusing on the long term and keeping ‘the bigger picture’ in mind – has shaped they way I produce my horses.

    Midnight Dazzler was my first top horse at senior level and really put me on the map. He had been with several top riders but was a very tricky horse. He was highly strung and regularly blew up in the dressage, and was an erratic jumper who was difficult to ride at speed, having had several bad falls in the past. Since he wasn’t going to be a top horse, his owners wanted him to come to me, as a younger rider, in order to compete at a lower level for the rest of that season, after which we all thought he would retire.

    I found him very difficult to ride and we also had a couple of bad falls together, but we then seemed to click. Far from retiring, Midnight Dazzler went on to become one of the most consistent 4* horses in the world for the next 5 seasons. He completed Badminton five times and Burghley four times, never having a jumping fault cross country. He finished in the top 10 at both events before retiring from top level eventing at the grand old age of 20, he is now being ridden by the daughter of his long term owners. It was a privilege to ride a horse like him and although he was far from easy he taught me a huge amount, I’ll never forget him.

    I was lucky enough to complete another three CCI****s on Birthday Night. Between him and Midnight Dazzler we completed Badminton and Burghley 10 times back to back.

    I’m also lucky enough to have been part of the World Class squad for the past four years, benefiting from the program’s support and management.

    We now have an exciting string of horses spread throughout the levels that we’ve produced from youngsters. Wild Lone came to us as a 4 year old and completed Badminton this year (2011). Tinkas Time arrived as a five year old and completed Blenheim last autumn and was 4th at Tattersalls this year. It’s very rewarding to have had them from the start and I think a lot of both horses.

    We have a great team of owners and sponsors and we’re hugely grateful for their ongoing support.

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    Beatle Payne

    Hi, my name is Beatle Payne. My real name is Beatrice but right from the start everyone has called me Beatle. I was born in 1996 and I have been riding from when I was 2 years old.

    I couldn’t have got this far if it wasn’t for my fabulous mum (Amelia Payne) who has helped me all the way. She coaches me nearly everyday.

    She has a lot of experience having been a member of the bronze medal winning Great Britain team at the Pony European 3DE in 1987 and Junior European in 1989.

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    Jamie Atkinson

    Jamie Atkinson comes from a horsey background with both his parents having showjumped and his sister having represented Great Britain at Junior European level.

    Jamie began riding when he was about 3 years old and progressed through the pony club until he was picked to represent Britain on the pony eventing team at the European Championships on two occasions.

    Then followed a successful junior career with a 3rd and 5th place at the national Junior Championships before moving on to Young Rider level where he finished 5th in his first year at the National Young Rider Championships.

    In 1995 Jamie helped the British Young Rider team secure silver medal at the European Championships.  A 2nd place at the National Championships came in his final Young Rider year all on board Salerosa.

    Following on from the Young Riders and having completed an Economics degree at Nottingham University, Jamie concentrates on eventing full time gradually expanding his yard at Waterford Equestrian.  He took Babiole du Cochet from a 5 year old through to four-star level winning the Scottish points Championship on two occasions.

    Jamie has normally produced his horses from scratch taking many to advanced level although he has taken on some more established horses including High Times with which he won the international CCI** at Burgie.

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