Laura Collett

Wednesday 7th - 11th May 2025

Laura Collett

Great Britain


British Olympian Laura Collett (34) was the winner of the competition in 2022 with London 52, winning with a record score. Later that year they were members of the fourth placed British team at the World Championships in Pratoni and last year members of the team to win gold at the European Championships. They also won the 2023 Luhmuhlen 5* and the pair has 10 international wins together.

Laura has two entries this year Hester and Bling; Badminton will be first 5* for both British-bred mares who both completed Blenheim gaining 14th and 13th place.

Laura, who has represented GB at Pony, Junior, Young Rider and Senior level, is based in Salperton Gloucestershire. She is currently #10 in the FEI rider ranking.

A former rider of show and working hunter ponies, in 2003 13-year-old Laura won the Supreme Pony Championship at the Horse of the Year Show. At the age of 15 she started eventing and has been a professional event rider for 16-years. In 2005 she won British team gold and individual silver at the Pony European Championships with Noble Springbok and in 2006 aged 16 Laura became the youngest rider to win an international event when winning the CCI2* at Tweseldown with Fernhill Sox. She has since been successful at both Junior and Young Rider level winning team and individual gold with Rayef in 2007 at the Junior European championships and again in 2009 at the Young Rider Europeans.

In 2010 with Fernhill Cristal she won another British team gold at the Young Rider European Championships in Pardubice. Later that year, she made her four-star debut at Burghley with Andrew Nicholson’s former ride Ginger May Killinghurst finishing in 30th place. In 2011 she made an impressive Badminton debut, being placed eighth with Rayef. She gained her senior flag when with Rayef she was selected as part of the British squad to contest the 2011 European Championships at Luhmuhlen and in 2015 with Grand Manoeuvre she represented Great Britain as an individual in the European Championships at Blair Castle. In 2015 she won the World Young Horse 7-year-old championship and in 2021 was second in the championship (Outback).

With London 52 Laura was a member of the British team to win Olympic gold in Toyko (9th individual). The pair was also the winner of both Pau 5* and Luhmuhlen 5* events and has scored ten FEI international victories together.

Laura trains with Richard Waygood. She now schools racehorses and enjoys following their careers on the track.

Hester is a British-bred, British Hanoverian (BHHS) registered 13-year-old mare. Bred by her owner Lucy Nelson she is by Heinrich Heine out of a mare by the ID Blue Henry. She was formerly ridden by Jonelle Price and Alexander Bragg before coming to Laura in 2021. With Jonelle she competed in the world young horse 7-year-old championship. With Laura she completed Blenheim last year (14th).

Bling is a British-bred SHB(GB) registered 11-year-old mare. Bred by her owner Yvonne Ferguson she is a daughter of the jumping stallion Kannan out of a mare by the thoroughbred Bahamian Bounty (a son of Cadeaux Genereux). She was originally ridden by Harry Dzenis and came to Laura in 2021




Grand Manoeuvre

HANN, Germany, 2004
16.2hh , chestnut , gelding

Sire Grand Cru

Dam Venja (Varus )

Owner(s): David & Diana Chappell, Cirencester, Glos.

Notable Results

2023 – Blenheim CCI4*L 13th Bling, 14th Hester

2023 – Le Pin au Haras CH-EU-CCI4*L 9th London 52 (team gold)

2023 – Aston Le Walls CCI3*S 1st Hester

2023 – Luhmuhlen CCI5*L 1st London 52

2023 – Bicton CCI4*S 1st London 52

2022 – Boekelo CCIO4*L 32nd Dacapo

2022 – Pratoni CH-M-C 40th London 52

2022 – Millstreet CCI4*L 1st Dacapo

2021 – Le Lions CH-M-YH-CCI3*L 2nd Outback

2021 – Pau CCI5* ret Dacapo

2021 – Tokyo OG 9th London 52 team gold

2021 – Aston Le Walls CCI4*S 1st London 52

2020 – Pau CCI5* 1st London 52

2020 – Alnwick CCI4*S 4th London 52

2019 – Boekelo CCIO4*L 1st London 523

2018 – Blenheim CIC3* 8/9 1st London 52, 3rd Dacapo

2018 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 2nd Mr Bass

2017 – Le Lions CH-M-YH-CCI2* 4th Sir Papillon

2015 – Le Lions CH-M-YH-CCI2* 1st Mr Bass, 16th Cooley Again

2015 – Blair Castle CH-EU-CCI3* 13th Grand Manoeuvre

2011 – Burghley CCI4* 40th Noble Bestman

2010 – Burghley CCI4* 30th Ginger May Killinghurst

2010 – Pardubice CCI2* YR-EU 8th (Fernhill Cristal), team gold

2009 – Waregem CCI2* YR-EU 1st (Rayef), team gold

2007 – Avenches CCI1* J-EU1st (Rayef), team gold

2006 – Necarne CCI1* J-EU1st (Fernhill Sox), team gold

2005 – Pratoni CH-EU-P 3rd (Noble Springbok)



2023 – w/d Dacapo

2022 – 1st London 52

2019 – w/d before sj Mr Bass

2017 – w/d before dressage Grand Manoeuvre

2016 – 22nd Grand Manoeuvre

2015 – 28th Grand Manoeuvre

2013 – 24th Noble Bestman

2011 – 8th with Rayef on Badminton debut.