Country: Great Britain
Michael is a professional rider and instructor from Cheshire. Michael came to prominence aged 21 when he made his 4* debut at Land Rover Burghley with Perks of the Job who he acquired when he was 17 and brought through the levels from a five-year-old. With Perks of the Job he made his Badminton debut aged 23 in 2002. He then acquired the six-year-old King Bob who he rode to 4* level and sold. King Bob is now ridden by Swedish rider Ludwig Svennerstal and the combination is entered for Burghley.
In February 2010 Michael made his racing debut a winning one, when winning an Amateur riders handicap at Wolverhampton with Albero Di Giuda. When he has the time Michael enjoys playing golf and on a good day has a handicap of 8.
The Highland Prince, owned by G Mayer Plant Hire, is a 13-year-old gelding by the Irish Sport Horse stallion Highland King sire of many event horses including Burghley winner Ballincoola, Highland Ford and McKinlaigh. His dam Ballycullen Girl is by the Thoroughbred Rimilis (sire of four-star horse Regulus).
He was acquired as a five-year-old from Lancashire Irish importer Doug Aldred and has been brought through the grades by Michael. Last year the combination was 18th at Land Rover Burghley and this season has enjoyed top ten placings in all their events.
- 2013 – Gatcombe CIC3* 10th The Highland Prince
- 2013 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 5th The Highland Prince
- 2013 – Bramham CCI3* 6th The Highland Prince
- 2013 – Chatsworth CIC3* 9th The Highland Prince
- 2012 – Burghley CCI4* 18th The Highland Prince
- 2012 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 57th Highland Prince
- 2012 – Bramham CCI3* EL Highland Prince
- 2011 – Burghley CCI**** 51st The Highland Prince
- 2011 – Barbury Castle CIC*** 34th The Highland Prince
- 2011 – Badminton CCI4* 29th The Highland Prince
- 2010 – Blenheim CCI*** 22nd The Highland Prince
- 2010 – Bramham CCI*** 11th The Highland Prince
- 2010 – Chatsworth CIC*** 13th
- 2009 – Blenheim CCI*** 15th King Bob
- 2009 – Blair Castle CCI*** 11th The Highland Prince
- 2009 – Bramham CCI*** 22 The Highland Prince
- 2007 – Boekelo CCI*** 17th King Bob
- 2007 – Blair Castle CCI*** 4th King Bob
- 2007 – Gatcombe CIC*** 36th King Bob
- 2006 – Blair Castle CCI*** 8th King Bob, 12th Red House Jack
- 2002 – Badminton CCI4* 21st Perks of the Job