Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

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

Sam Griffiths

Australia
  • 26 - Paulank Brockagh

Biography

Australian Sam Griffiths (44) has been based in the UK for 20-years; he runs a yard near Gillingham in Dorset with his wife Lucy. Last year with Badminton entry Paulank Brockagh he was a member of the bronze medal team at the Rio Olympic Games – the pair was fourth individually.

In 2014 with Paulank Brockagh he was the winner of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton horse trials and the pair was a member of the Australian team for the 2014 WEG in France. He was subsequently named the 2014 Eventing ‘rider of the year’ by the International Riders Club.

Sam grew up on a small farm near Melbourne and started riding on his mothers’ homebred Welsh section B ponies. After gaining a BA in geography he took a year out to travel and to earn money took a job with UK based Blyth Tait and then a show jumping yard in New York.

In 1995 he made the decision to forge a career in eventing and returned to the UK working for fellow countryman and Olympic gold medallist Matt Ryan. After three years he set up his own yard.

After success with Private Colin and Connigar Bay in 2004 and ’08 he was short-listed for the Olympic Games. In 2008 he won the CCI3* in Saumur with the German-bred Happy Times and the following year (2009) Happy Times gave Sam his then best ever result, third at Badminton. In 2010 the combination was selected for the WEG in Lexington but failed to complete. They bounced back in 2011 to take fourth place at Badminton. In 2012 the pair was a member of the Australian team for the London Olympic Games brought in when reserve rider Megan Jones had to withdraw. While they failed to complete after a fall they then went to Burghley where they finished in ninth place. The pair has four Burghley completions under their belt – in 2014 they were third.

Sam trains with Ros Morgan and Gareth Hughes.

Sam is married to British event rider and photographer Lucy and in 2009 the couple moved to their current yard on the Dorset-Somerset border. They have a 4-year-old son Ollie and a two-year-old daughter Eliza Alice. Sam enjoys cricket, gardening and time home with the family.

Paulank Brockagh, owned by Steve and Dinah Posford and Juliet Carter, is a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare. She is by the grand prix show jumper Touchdown out of a mare by the thoroughbred Trigerrero. She was acquired from her breeder Paula Cullen, who competed her at novice level in Ireland and Sam took the ride when Brockagh was seven. Sam also rides Brockagh’s nine-year-old half-brother Paulank Kings River (by Kings Master) and the pair was fourth in the CCI2* at Osberton 2016.

 

Entries

Paulank Brockagh

ISH, Ireland, 2003
16.2hh , bay , mare

Sire Touchdown

Dam Calendar Girl (Triggerero)

Breeder Mrs Paula Cullen

Owner(s): Steve & Dinah Posford, Chobham, Surrey
Juliet Carter, Chobham, Surrey
& Rider

Withdrawn

Happy Times

Oldenburg, Germany, 1999
16.1 hh , dark bay , gelding

Sire Heraldik XX

Dam Hauptstutbuch Mandy (Maraschino )

Owner(s): Juliet Donald, Hook, Hants.
Dinah Posford, Chobham, Surrey

Notable Results

 

Results

2016 – Rio OG 4th Paulank Brockagh

2015 – Burghley CCI4* 9th Paulank Brockagh, 27th Happy Times

2014 – Burghley CCI4* 3rd Happy Times

2014 – WEG Caen 17th Paulank Brockagh

2014 – Gatcombe CIC3* 15th Paulank Brockagh, 21st Happy Times

2013 – Burghley CCI4* 12th Happy Times, 14th Paulank Brockagh

2013 – Gatcombe CIC3* 3rd Happy Times, 12th Paulank Brockagh

2013 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 6th Paulank Brockagh

2012 – Burghley CCI4* 9th Happy Times

2012 – Le Pin Haras CIC3*W 10th Paulank Brockagh

2012 – London Olympics EL Happy Times

2012 – Bramham CCI3* 5th Paulank Brockagh, 7th Happy Times

2011 – Burghley CCI4* 16th Happy Times

2010 – Le Lions D’Angers CH-M-YH-CCI2* 8th Paulank Brockagh

2010 – Boekelo CCI3* 15th Danaan Prince

2010 – Chatsworth CIC3*W 1st Happy Times

2010 – Belton Park CIC3* 1st Happy Times

2009 – Burghley CCI4* 3rd Happy Times

2008 – Saumur CCI3* 1st Happy Times

2007 – Burghley CCI4* 11th Connigar Bay

2006 – Burghley CCI4* 8th Connigar Bay

2005 – Burghley CCI4* 15th Connigar Bay’

 

Badminton

2016 – 29th Paulank Brockagh

2015 –10th Paulank Brockagh Ret Happy Times

2014 – 1st Paulank Brockagh

2013 – 15th Happy Times, 43rd Paulank Brockagh

2011 – 4th Happy Times

2009 – 3rd Happy Times

2008 – 26th Connigar Bay

2006 – 26th Connigar Bay

2004 – 6th Private Colin