Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 2nd May - Sunday 6th May, 2018 #MMBHT

Izzy Taylor

Great Britain
  • 95 - Allercombe Ellie
  • 6 or 96 - KBIS Briarlands Matilda
  • 5 - Orlando


British rider Izzy Taylor (33) who is based near Bicester in Oxfordshire was eighth at Badminton 2016 (Allercombe Ellie). The pair was selected for the British team for the Rio Olympic Games but shortly before travelling was unable to go as Ellie got injured. Her place was taken by Pippa Funnell. Izzy finished the year third in the 2016 BE rider ranking – the highest placed female rider  and is currently 20th in the FEI world ranking.

In 2015 with Badminton entry Briarlands Matilda, she was an individual member of the squad that contested the European Championships at Blair Castle, finishing in 6th place.

Izzy is one of the UK’s busiest riders. In 2014 she was the only rider to complete Badminton on two horses, KBIS Briarlands Matilda 17th & Thistledown Popski 18th. In 2013 with KBIS Briarlands Matilda, she was a member of the British squad for the European Championships in Malmo – Izzy’s first senior appearance for GB. She is also a member of the British Squad for the Nations Cup Series. Izzy took the ride on Matilda in 2008 when her former rider Tristram Owers broke his leg. In 2011 with Matilda, Izzy made her Badminton debut and in 2012 was seventh in their first appearance at Burghley – Izzy received the prize for the highest placed ‘Burghley first-timer’ while Matilda won the prize for the highest placed British-bred mare. KBIS Briarlands Matilda is currently the highest ranked competing mare with BE – she has over 1200 points – and the second highest ever (to Headley Britannia).

Izzy comes from an equestrian family and started riding early. Her Grandmother Jane Whiteley was second at Badminton, her great aunt Anneli Drummond Hay won both Badminton and Burghley and her mother represented GB at Junior and Young Rider levels. Although offered a place at University to study Sports Science, Izzy decided on horses and eventing. She first worked for Hartpury College and breeders Sam and Linda Barr and then spent time in Holland to train with her aunt, Anneli Drummond Hay, where she had the opportunity to work for Swiss Olympic show jumper Markus Fuchs. She recovered from serious injury from a fall in 2003 to win team silver and individual bronze in the 2004 European Young Rider Championships. She was then based for two years at the Opposition Stud during which time she was second at Windsor International and third at the Young Rider Championships. In 2006 Izzy set up her own yard.

Last year at the July meeting of the Goodwood Festival Izzy won the Magnolia Cup – a celebrity ladies race in aid of charity – presented to her by Darcy Bussell

Izzy is mother to two children Lily (8) and Freddie (6) and enjoys hunting with the Bicester and Waddon Chase

KBIS Briarlands Matilda owned by Mr Guy Avis is 17-year-old British-bred mare and is one of the smaller horses in the field (15.3). She is by the part-bred skewbald stallion Miley out of Briarlands Appleby who was a full sister to the former Badminton horse Briarlands Pippin (ridden by Susanna McCaire). Appleby is by the thoroughbred Good Apple sire of Badminton winner The Irishman and Pomeroy also ridden by Rodney Powell. Matilda is frequently ridden and prepared for events by her owner. This year will be the fifth trip to Badminton for Matilda – her best result was 17th in 2014.



Allercombe Ellie

TBx, GB, 2003
15.3hh , bay , mare

Sire Jumbo

Dam MY Last Edition (Poetic Justice)

Breeder Susie Holroyd

Owner(s): Francis Carter, Otterton, Devon
Susie Holroyd, Exeter, Devon

KBIS Briarlands Matilda

TB X, Great Britain, 2000
15.2hh , bay , mare

Sire Miley

Dam Briarlands Appleby (Good Apple)

Breeder The Hon. Mrs. Lorna Schuster

Owner(s): Guy Avis, Chadlington, Oxon


KWPN, Netherlands, 2001
15.2hh , chestnut , gelding

Sire Corland

Dam Panieta (Lancelot)

Owner(s): Irene Graham, Bishop Stortford, Herts.
Anita Dalton, Gaddesden, Herts.
Di Davies, Hemel Hempstead, Herts.

Notable Results


2017 – Belton CIC3* 1st KBIS Starburst

2016 – Le Lions CH-M-YH-CCI1* 3rd Jockey Club Fleurelle

2016 – Millstreet CIC3* 1st Be Touchable

2016 – Gatcombe CIC3* 13th Briarlands Matilda

2016 – Strzegom CICO3* 6th Briarlands Matilda

2016 – Chatsworth CIC3* 11th Briarlands Matilda

2016 – Burnham Market CIC3* 8th KBIS Briarlands Matilda

2016 – Fontainebleau CICO3* 6th Orlando, 14th Allercombe Ellie

2015 – Blair Castle CH-EU-CCI3* 6th KBI Briarlands Matilda

2015 – Strzegom CICO3* 2nd KBIS Starburst

2015 – Strzegom CCI3* 5th KBIS Briarlands Matilda

2015 – Bramham CIC3* 5th Allercombe Ellie

2015 – Fontainebleau CICO3* 6th Briarlands Matilda

2014 – Burghley CCI4* 7th Briarlands Matilda

2014 – Gatcombe CIC3* 11th KBIS Briarlands Matilda

2014 – Bramham CCI3* 2nd Orlando

2014 – Tattersalls CCI3* 1st Allercombe Ellie

2014 – Ballindenisk CICO3* 2nd Allercombe Ellie

2013 – Waregem CICO3* 1st Orlando, 8th Dax van Ternieuwbeke

2013 – Malmo CH-EU-3* 35th KBIS Briarlands Matilda

2012 – Burghley CCI4* 7th Briarlands Matilda

2012 – Bramham CCI3* 3rd Briarlands Matilda

2004 – Barroca EU-CH-YR2* 3rd Flurry Knox (team silver)

2004 – Windsor CCI2* 2nd Flurry Knox


2016 – 8th Allercombe Ellie, ret Briarlands Matilda

2015 – 42nd Thisteldown Poposki, W/D Briarlands Matilda

2014 – 17th Briarlands Matilda, 18th Thistledown Popski

2013 – ret Briarlands Matilda

2011 – 54th Briarlands Matilda