Beanie Sturgis

Wednesday 7th - 11th May 2025

Beanie Sturgis

Great Britain
  • 93 - Lebowski


Last year British, local rider Beanie Sturgis (43), who is based near Malmesbury, gained her best ever Badminton and four-star placing, taking 11th place with Lebowski.

Beanie was born in Scotland, grew up in the Cotswolds and began riding aged three on a two-year-old Welsh Section A. She has been involved in starting young ponies and horses for the last 32-years.

Beanie began competing with the Heythrop Pony Club winning the Pony Club Championships at Weston Park on Jenny Black. The following season she was second in her first three-day event at the JRN Championships at Tweseldown and gained a place as the 1990 Subaru Scholar to train with Mike and Angela Tucker (17-years later she married Mike’s godson Rupert Sturgis).

In 1991 she won the Junior National championships at Windsor and a team gold medal at the Junior European Championships – all with former racehorse Jenny Black.

Beanie then worked at buying, producing and selling and found her next dream horse, Duel, at Malvern Sales. Duel took Beanie to her first Badminton (2006) jumping clear inside the time.

In 2007 Beanie married Beaufort Field-Master Rupert Sturgis – whose parents formerly ran the advanced Dauntsey Horse trials and in October 2008 Rupert and Beanie re-launched the event. Alongside being an event organiser, Beanie is also a Beaufort Field Master, a listed show judge, a course designer (in 2014 she was awarded a BE course designer scholarship) and mother; Rupert and Beanie have two children Sid (8) and Ruby (6).

Lebowski, owned by, Mr Simon Graley, Mrs Jill Lamont and rider, is 17-year-old Australian Thoroughbred, bred to play polo. He was gifted to Beanie by his breeder, Sybil Baillieu when she was working in Australia and she saw him being a cheeky polo pony who no-one could ride, hence his stable name Rotter. He is described as ‘rather complicated but as quiet as a lamb around my children and loves hunting’.





Aus TB x, Australia, 2000
16.0hh , brown , gelding

Sire Dream time

Dam Lottie

Breeder Mrs Sybil Baillieu

Owner(s): Jill Lamont, Woking, Surrey,
Simon Graley, Chippenham, Wilts.
& Rider

Notable Results


2016 – Blenheim CIC3* 6th Lebowski

2016 – Gatcombe CIC3* 15th Lebowski

2015 – Blenheim CCI3* El Lebowski

2015 – Burghley CCI4* Ret Lebowski

2015 – Gatcombe CIC3* Ret Lebowski

2014 – Ballindenisk CCI3* 10th Lebowski

2014 – Barbury Castle 17th Lebowski

2014 – Bramham CCI3* 16th Lebowski

2014 – Chatsworth CIC3* 2nd Lebowski

2013 – Burghley CCI4* 32nd Lebowski

2013 – Gatcombe CIC3* 7th Lebowski

2013 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 15th Lebowski, 38th Wizard from Aus

2012 – Burghley CCI4* Ret Lebowski

2011 – Pau CCI4* 16th Lebowski

2011 – Blair Castle CIC3* 2nd Lebowski

2011 – Bramham CCI3* 14th Lebowski

2009 – Blenheim CCI3* 10th Lebowski

2006 – Blenheim CCI3* 16th Monarch’s Rock


2016 – 11th Lebowski

2015 – W/D after XC Lebowski

2013 – 29th Lebowski

2008 – 27th Monarch’s Rock

2006 – 32nd Duel