2014 Normandy – Silver
Harry Meade began riding as a child, following in the footsteps of his father, Olympic event rider Richard Meade. Hours spent in the saddle helped Harry develop the feel and talent he is known for today, and he made his international debut at the Junior European Championships before attending Bristol University. During his time there, he worked as a stable jockey for William Fox-Pitt. During that time he took over the ride on Midnight Dazzler and together they were shortlisted for the Young Rider European Championships in 2004.
Harry was the best placed rider under the age of 25 at Burghley three years in a row and is the youngest rider in the history of Badminton to have won the Armada dish, which is awarded for five Badminton completions.
After suffering severe injuries in a rotational fall in 2013, Harry’s riding career was put in jeopardy. Extensive rehabilitation and an unyielding drive to get back into the saddle set Harry on a path to not only reclaim his riding career but also to complete Badminton with Wild Lone in an incredible comeback against all odds.
He was a member of the silver medal-winning team at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, and was voted the EHOA Rider of the Year, the ERA Rider of the Year, the BEWA Rider of the Year and the Horse & Hound Rider of the Year.
Harry currently resides in Luckington with his wife Rosie and their two children, Lily and Charlie. He has his sights set on developing his current string to the international level.