Gubby Leech

Wednesday 7th - 11th May 2025

Gubby Leech

Great Britain
  • 92 - Xavier


It is a second visit to Badminton for British rider Gubby (Daniel) Leech (41) and a first for his entry Royal Harvest. Last year the pair was 10th at Bramham CCI4*L and in 2022 was 9th in the 4*L at Blenheim.

Gubby, who is based near Salisbury in Wiltshire, grew up on his parent’s farm and has been ‘riding since he could walk’. He was a member of the Wilton Pony Club participating in tetrathlon, eventing and showjumping. On his 10th birthday he received the surprise present of a foal ‘Surprise Opposition’ from his Godfather John Johnstone (owner of Landford Common Stud). Gubby produced Surprise Opposition, from foal to three-star and the pair was 19th at Blenheim.

After leaving school Gubby decided to concentrate on eventing and spent three months with Harry Meade training with the late Richard Meade, after which he decided to forge a career in eventing. He spent a year with Pippa and William Funnell then took a job with Richard Ames in Suffolk running the event yard and training and competing. He then ran his own yard from home – in 2009 representing GB at the World Young Horse championships (Caetano) and at the end of that year relocated to Clarendon Park near Salisbury where he now runs Gubby Eventing.

In 2015 a fall at Rackham horse trials kept him out of the saddle for six months.

Gubby trains with Lisa White, William Fox-Pitt and Dicky Waygood

Gubby is married to Sarah and the couple has three children; Olivia (11) Jack (8) and Skye (6) – all three are  members of the Wilton PC as was Gubby and Sarah.

Gubby enjoys shooting, golf supporting Jack at Rugby, supporting all the children with riding and family holidays in the South Hams.

Royal Harvest is a British-bred, SHB(GB) registered 13-year-old gelding. He was bred by Mark Milligan and is by Royal Concorde (international grand prix jumper ridden by Shane Breen) out of Barley Bree by Jennie Loriston-Clarkes former international grand prix dressage stallion Dutch Gold. He was sent by his owners to Gubby as a naughty four-year-old ostensibly for a month but never left the yard. Badminton will be his first event at the level. He is described by Gubby as ‘the kindest loveliest horse who I would trust with all my children on his back’.




ISH, Ireland, 2005
16.1hh , bay , gelding

Sire Clover Echo

Dam Knightfield Sally (Cruising)

Breeder Tom Rowland

Owner(s): Antoinette Denham-Harding, Alresford, Hants.

Notable Results

2023 – Hartpury CCI4*S 5th Royal Harvest

2023 – Bramham CCI4*L 10th Royal Harvest

2023 – Chatsworth CCI4O*S 11th Royal Harvest

2023 – Burnham Market CCI4*S 11th Royal Harvest

2022 – Blenheim CCI4*L 9th Royal Harvest

2022 – Hartpury CCI4*S 7th Royal Harvest

2022 – Bramham CCI4*L 38th Royal Harvest

2022 – Chatsworth CCI3*S 13th Royal Harvest

2021 – Hartpury CCI3*L 1st Royal Harvest

2017 – Burghley CCI4* 30th Xavier

2016 – Burghley CCI4* 31st Xavier

2016 – Burghley CCI4* 31st Xavier

2009 – CH-M-YH-CCI2* 25th Caetano

2005 – Burghley CCI4* ret Upward Trend


2017 – El Xavier