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Great BritainOliver Townend

Country: Great Britain

Age: 30

Former Badminton and Burghley winner Oliver, the 2013 British National Champion is based near Ellesmere in Shropshire.

Oliver began riding when he was seven years old, inheriting his love of horses from his parents. His father, Alan, competed in three-day eventing, while mother, Eve, showed side-saddle at county level. His first success came in show jumping at HOYS when he was 11, and at 13 he went on to represent Britain on the pony eventing team at the European Championships. Oliver quickly moved through the ranks and for three years was stable jockey to British team trainer, the late Kenneth Clawson in Leicestershire before going solo.

Oliver’s good result at his first Badminton in 2005 with Topping earned them an individual place on the 2005 British European Championship squad at Blenheim. With Flint Curtis, Oliver came third at Badminton in 2006 and rode as an individual at the Aachen WEG in the same year. In 2007 he won a team gold medal in Pratoni del Vivaro.

In 2009 Oliver joined the elite group of riders who have won back-to-back Badminton and Burghley titles. That year he also won the HSBC FEI Classics title and at the end of the 2009 season was top of the BE rider rankings for the first time.

In 2009 Oliver and Nina Barbour of Bolesworth Estate in Cheshire formed a partnership to establish and develop Harthill Stud at Egerton Hall Farm in Cheshire. The stud stands several stallions with the intention to breed and produce top class event horses.

Armada owned by Paul Ridgeon, is a 14-year-old Spanish bred gelding. He was formerly produced and ridden to 4* by Andrew Nicholson and given to Oliver to ride at the beginning of 2012 – and the pair was fourth at last year’s Burghley.  

Armada is by the thoroughbred Fines out of Berganza by the Hanoverian Golfi. Armada is a full brother to Andrew Nicholson’s Burghley entry Nereo.


  • 2013 – Gatcombe CIC3* 2nd Armada
  • 2013 – Chatsworth CIC3* 2nd Imperial Master, 2nd ODT Sonas Rovatio
  • 2013 – Badminton CCI4* 34th Armada
  • 2013 – Ballindenisk CCI2* 1st Colley Masterclass, 2nd Black Tie
  • 2013 – Ballindenisk CIC3* 1st Douglas
  • 2013 – Burham Market CIC3* 6th Armada, 18th ODT Ghareeb, 30th Pepper Anne
  • 2012 – Pau CCI4* EL ODT Sonas Rovatio
  • 2012 – Boekelo CCI3* 48th Imperial Master, 52nd Douglas
  • 2012 – Osberton CCIYH2* 2nd Sandman 2nd
  • 2012 – Ballindenisk CIC3* 1st Imperial Master, 2nd ODT Sonas Rovatio
  • 2012 – Blenheim CCI3* 8th Outside Chance
  • 2012 – Blenheim CIC3* 24th ODT Ghareeb
  • 2012 – Burghley 4th Armada, RET ODT Sonas Rovatio
  • 2012 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 7th ODT Sonas Rovatio, 8th Armada
  • 2012 – Tattersalls CIC3* 8th ODT Sonas Rovatio, 12th Armada 
  • 2012 – Balindenisk CCI3* 1st Arctic Mouse
  • 2011 – Burghley CCI3* RET Imperial Master, EL Neo de Breuil
  • 2011 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 7th Master Rose
  • 2011 – Lexington CCI4* 6th ODT Sonas Rovatio
  • 2011 – Belton CIC3* 1st Ashdale Cruise Master
  • 2011 – Bramham CCI3* 3rd Neo Du Breuil
  • 2011 – Tattersalls CCI3* and CIC*** 1st Imperial Master, 2nd Jeepers Creepers
  • 2011 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 7th ODT Master Rose
  • 2009 – Burghley CCI4* 1st Carousel Quest
  • 2009 – Badminton 1st Flint Curtis
  • 2008 – Badminton 12th Coup De Coeur
  • 2007 – Pratoni EU-CH-CCI3* 12th Flint Curtis (team gold)
  • 2006 – Badminton 3rd Flint Curtis, 31st Topping
  • 2005 – Blenheim EU-CH-CCI3* 43rd Topping
  • 2005 – Badminton 12th Topping

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