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Great BritainAngus Smales

Country: Great Britain

Age: 26

Angus, one of the busiest riders on the eventing circuit, is based at Allexton Hall near Uppingham in Leicestershire. By the age of 25 he had completed six 4* events and has recorded six out of six clear rounds at Land Rover Burghley in consecutive years winning the ‘best Under-25 and ‘best Burghley first timer’ on several occasions.

Angus was born into a horsey family – his father was an amateur hunt servant and both his mother and brother evented – and so Angus began riding early and enjoyed his first days hunting on the lead rein at just two and a half years old.

He joined the Pony Club and competed in his first senior Pony Club Championship at Sansaw at the age of eleven. His first success came with Cornsay Sam, a hand-me-down from his brother. In 2002 they were members of the British Pony Team winning team bronze.
In 2005 Angus and his father bought Cornsay Grouse as a freshly broken six year old from Olympian Ian Stark. Grouse turned out to be Angus’s  breakthrough horse, taking him round his first 4*event at Land Rover Burghley in 2007, aged 19. After this success, Angus was offered the ride on Saxon Cross with who he was third Under-25 CCI3* at Bramham and short listed for the Young Riders team in 2008.

In 2006 Angus joined Oliver Townend’s team as stable jockey and after two seasons set up alone when Oliver relocated to Shropshire.

In 2011 he won his first senior title – The British Intermediate Championship at Gatcombe Park (Clover Hero).

Always keen on hunting in 2008 Angus began whipping in for the Fernie, and has continued to do so ever since

He is trained by Ian Woodhead.

Balleyvooney, owned by Tina Sharp, is a 12-year-old gelding of unknown breeding.


  • 2013 – Bramham CC13* 19th DHI Loner
  • 2012 – Burghley CCI4* 42nd It’s a Jackpot
  • 2012 – Bramham CCI3*U-25 10th Ballyvooney, 11th Clover Hero
  • 2012 – Bramham CCI3* 21st It’s a Jackpot
  • 2011 – Burghley CCI4* 22nd Ballyvooney
  • 2011 – Blair Castle CCI3* 11th Cornsay Grouse, 13th It’s a Jackpot
  • 2011 – Tattersalls CCI** U25 2nd Clover Hero, 5th Chanterelle II
  • 2011 – Bramham U25 CCI*** 8th Ballyvooney
  • 2010 – Burghley CCI4* 42nd Cornsay Grouse
  • 2010 – Bramham CCI*** U25 7th Ballyvooney
  • 2009 – Burghley CCI**** 33rd Cornsay Grouse
  • 2008 – Burghley CCI**** 22nd Saxon Cross
  • 2008 – Bramham U25 CCI*** 3rd Saxon Cross
  • 2007 – Weston Park CCI** 7th Tarmac Adam
  • 2007 – Burghley CCI4* 26th Cornsay Grouse
  • 2007 – Bramham U25 CCI*** 12th Cornsay Grouse
  • 2005 – Weston Park CCI** 10th Cornsay Grouse

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