Jodie’s ridden for Britain and written a cook book - and she’s still 21

Jodie McGregor had more reasons than most to follow the progress of Team GB’s equestrian team in the Rio Olympics over the last few weeks. Just a few years ago Jodie was a budding star in the junior three-day eventing squad and even saw in advance plans for the course that the GB riders tackled in Brazil. As a professional rider she travelled the world representing Great Britain’s junior eventing team in dressage, show jumping and cross country.

Great Britain's Charlotte Dujardin following her gold medal in the dressage individual grand prix freestyle.

Rio 2016: Charlotte Dujardin celebrates ‘magical’ farewell

British star Charlotte Dujardin hailed “a truly magical” Olympic farewell on the brilliant Valegro after she retained her individual dressage title with a stunning Games record performance in Deodoro.

Jo Foster sorting out the tack at her stables at Menston near Leeds.

Over the stable door: New chapter for yard jockey

Last week the Foster clan was invited to a local wedding. My retired yard jockey Samantha Drake and her fiancé Jonathan England were tying the knot at Esholt village church just a few fields away from the Drake’s farm.

Great Britain's Michael Whitaker.

RIO 2016: Whitaker brothers look to make experience count

With a combined age of 116 and approaching ten Olympic Games appearances between them, show jumpers do not come more experienced that the Whitaker brothers.

Sue Westwood with Argentinian Polo coach Matteus Jolly at Well Hill Hill Farm, Bramham Park, and Harley and Caroline Haycox who are being coached.  Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Enjoying really Jolly good polo revolution

BRAZIL will be the country on everyone’s lips in six days’ time come the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Jo Foster sorting out the tack at her stables at Menston near Leeds.

Over the stable door: Equine world responds to teen rider’s passing

A brave young event rider I wrote about some months ago, Hannah Francis, sadly passed away earlier this week.

The dressage at Yorkshire's 
Bramham International Horse Trials.

Bra-vo: They’ve discovered why women riders are saddled with pain

THE PERFORMANCE of female horse-riders is being affected by breast pain because of ill-fitting bras, according to new research.

BEST OF BRITAIN: Showjumper Laura Robinson from Potto, Northallerton, with Cassie, a two year old filly, in the stables. Picture by Gary Longbottom.

Laura now driven to sign off in triumph

NORTHALLERTON’S Laura Robinson is preparing to sign off from Young Riders duty in style and hopes her best is yet to come.


Cock O’The North victory on rider’s second show outing

LAURA RENWICK hailed victory in Thursday’s Cock O’The North Championship as the “icing on the cake” to only her second ever outing at the Great Yorkshire Show and first for nine years.

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Jo Foster sorting out the tack at her stables at Menston near Leeds.

Over the stable door: Race day arrives for Mr Disobedient

The day before Christian’s race his jockey arrived to give him a final work out. Most horses get a brief leg stretch just before they run but not Christian, he had three miles to canter.

Nicola Wilson at the Bramham International Horse Trials

Rio 2016: Nicola Wilson misses out on Team GB place

North Yorkshire rider Nicola Wilson has missed out on a place in the Team GB squad for the Rio Olympics.

Jo Foster sorting out the tack at her stables at Menston near Leeds .

Over the stable door: Real battle of making a prince out of a gangster

My racehorse Christian blotted his copybook in momentous style on his first outing for us at Market Rasen.


Nicholson applauds “incredible” effort on recent recruit

BRAMHAM winner Andrew Nicholson believes Oliver Townend performed “incredibly” to finish a Bramham third on a horse he has ridden for just ten months.

Oliver Townend acknowledges the crowd after finishing third in the Equitrek CCI*** on day four of the Bramham Horse Trials at Bramham Park. Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

Time on his side for a relaxed Townend

OLIVER Townend has been quick to dust himself down from the disappointment of late heartache at Bramham – stressing he’s got time on his side to break the Yorkshire showpiece duck.


Bramham: Townend puts on brave face and ‘would have signed for third’

Huddersfield’s Oliver Townend shrugged off the disappointment of agonisingly missing out on a first win at Bramham, declaring: “at the beginning of the week I’d have definitely signed for third.”

How Stean Gorge in Nidderdale provided an adrenalin-fuelled afternoon for Jo Fosters family.

Over the stable door: Nostalgia fuels welcome day away

Last week we took a rare family day off. Tris was in charge so he ensured our destination was completely distraction free.


Bramham Horse Trials 2016: Tattersall predicts huge future for Holly

BRAMHAM winner Gemma Tattersall tipped York’s Holly Woodhead to have a massive future after benefitting from the 22-year-old’s show jumping heartbreak in the CIC three-star.

UP AND OVER: Gemma Tattersall riding Chico Bella P in action in the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC*** Showjumping during day four of the Bramham Horse Trials at Bramham Park. Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

Bramham Horse Trials 2016: Tattersall bags victory as mistakes put Holly out of the frame

THREE poles down denied York’s Holly Woodhead a dream win in Bramham’s CIC three-star as fellow Brit Gemma Tattersall claimed victory on Chico Bella P.

Huddersfield rider Oliver Townend. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Bramham Horse Trials 2016: Nicholson triumphs as Townend drops from first to third

HUDDERSFIELD’S Oliver Townend was denied a first ever win at Bramham by putting a second fence down in the dying stages of Sunday’s show jumping finale as New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson climbed from third to first.

Holly Woodhead, on DHI Lupison, at Bramham.

Woodhead shrugs off sickness to shine at Bramham

YORK’S Holly Woodhead battled through a bout of ‘Tattersalls flu’ on day one of the 2016 Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials to advertise again her outside Olympic claims at the top of the leaderboard.

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