Wednesday 4th May
Sunday 8th May, 2022

Olivia Wilmot

Great Britain
  • 31 - Cool Dancer


British rider Olivia Wilmot (31) is from East Kilbride near Glasgow – with Cool Dancer  she competed at Badminton last year.

Olivia (nee Haddow) came to national prominence in 2008 when she completed Badminton with her little coloured horse Patris Filius with who she won Young Rider team gold in 2005.

Olivia and her two sisters were all members of the Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire Pony Club and Olivia decided she wanted to be an event rider at the age of eight. She was a member of the British pony squad with Sapphire Blue and represented GB four-times at Junior and Young Rider level.

After school Olivia studied Physiology and Sports Science at Glasgow University and graduated in 2006 since when she has worked full-time with horses and runs Haddow Eventing near Glasgow. Olivia trains with David Gatherer and ‘her hero’ Ian Stark. She is a BE U18 regional coach for the Scottish region.

In 2009 she married John Wilmot and the couple has a 20 month old son, Hamish.

Cool Dancer, owned by Carolyn Haddow and rider, is a 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. He was bred in Ireland by Alison Corbally by embryo transfer and is by the Thoroughbred Duca Di Busted out of a mare by the Thoroughbred Arctic Que.

Olivia has produced Cool Dancer through the grades since buying him as a five-year-old from Hayley and Kevin Rose and in 2010 they won the Ballindensik CCI**. They completed Badminton and Burghley in 2013 having jumped double clear at both events.


Cool Dancer

ISH, Ireland, 2001
16.3hh , grey , gelding

Sire Duca di Busted

Dam Arctic Dancer (Arctic Que)

Breeder Alison Corbally

Owner(s): Carolyn Haddow, East Kilbride, S. Lanarkshire
& Rider

Notable Results

2016 – Burgham CIC3* 19th Cool Dancer

2015 – Blenheim CCI3* 35th Zebedee de Foja, El Cool Dancer

2015 – Gatcombe CIC3* 7th Cool Dancer, 21st Zebedee de Foja, 21st

2015 – Bramham CCI3* 44th Cool Dancer

2015 – Chatsworth CIC3* 10th Zebedee de Foja, 12th Cool Dancer

2015 – Burgham CIC3* 31st Cool Dancer

2014 – Ballindenisk CCI3* 7th Cool Dancer

2014 – Blair Castle CIC3* 15th Cool Dancer

2013 – Burghley CCI4* 23rd Cool Dancer

2012 – Ballindenisk CCI3* 8th Classy Touch

2012 – Burghley CCI4* 47th Cool Dancer

2012 – Bramham CCI3* 9th Cool Dancer, 35th Classy Touch

2011 – Ballindenisk CCI3* 13th Cool Dancer

2011 – Bramham CCI3* 16th Cool Dancer

2010 – Ballindenisk CCI2* 1st Cool Dancer

2010 – Blair Castle CCI3* 9th Classy Touch

2009 – Bramham CCIU25 16th Patris Filius, 17th Fortunesnight

2008 – Burghley CCI4* 29th Fortunesnight

2008 – Bramham CCI3*-U25 17th Fortunesnight

2007 – Burghley CCI4* EL XC (7th after dressage) Patris Filius

2006 – Bramham CCI3* 5th (Patris Filius)

2005 – Segersjo CH-EU-YR 23rd and team gold (Patris Filius)

2004 – Barroca CH-EU-YR** 13th (Patris Filius)



2015 – El Cool Dancer

2013 – 45th Cool Dancer

2008 – 54th Patris Filius (first time)