British rider Izzy Taylor (34) who is based near Bicester in Oxfordshire is one of the UK’s busiest riders and at the end of 2017 was BE’s highest ranked lady rider; she finished the year in second place and is currently 14th in the FEI World rankings. In 2017 with Badminton entry Perfect Stranger she won the CCI3* at Millstreet. She was also the winner of the World six-year-old young horse championship (Monkeying Around) and over the year won 7 CIC3* classes including Belton and at Bramham.
In 2016 with Allercombe Ellie she was eighth at Badminton. The pair was selected for the British team for the Rio Olympic Games but shortly before travelling was unable to go due to injury to Ellie. Her place was taken by Pippa Funnell.
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.
In 2008 Izzy took the ride on Briarlands Matilda 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. In 2013 with Matilda, she was a member of the British squad for the European Championships in Malmo – Izzy’s first senior appearance for GB.
In 2014 she was the only rider to complete Badminton on two horses, Briarlands Matilda 17th & Thistledown Popski 18th. In 2015 with Briarlands Matilda, she was an individual member of the squad that contested the European Championships at Blair Castle, finishing in 6th place. Briarlands Matilda is currently the highest ranked competing mare with BE – she has over 1200 points – and the second highest ever (to Headley Britannia).
In 2016 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 trains with Tracie Robinson and Philip Surl
Izzy is mother to two children Lily (9) and Freddie (7) and enjoys hunting with the Bicester and Waddon Chase.
Perfect Stranger (aka Orange) is a 16-year-old Dutch-bred KWPN registered gelding. He is by the Selle Francais international showjumper Hors La Loi (formerly ridden by Hugo Simon) out of a mare by Amaretto I who was also competed by Hugo Simon. Perfect Stranger was originally produced by Owen Moore, then ridden by New Zealanders Neil Spratt and Andrew Nicholson with who he was 7th at Luhmuhlen four-star in 2016. Izzy acquired the ride at the beginning of 2017. The horse is based with his owner.
KBIS Briarlands Matilda
15.2hh , bay , mare
Dam Briarlands Appleby (Good Apple)
Breeder The Hon. Mrs. Lorna Schuster
Owner(s): Guy Avis, Chadlington, Oxon