Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

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

Oliver Townend

Great Britain
  • 9 - MHS King Joules
  • 107 - ODT Ghareeb
  • 108 or 10 - Samuel Thomas II


British rider Oliver Townend (34), who is based near Ellesmere in Shropshire, is a former winner of Badminton and Burghley. He is currently ranked eighth in the FEI World rankings and at the end of 2016 was the BE leading rider for the third consecutive year. He is the current national champion – having won the 2016 British Open at Gatcombe.
Oliver is arguably the busiest rider on the circuit. Last year he had over 250 starts with over 30 wins. At the end of the year he even flew to Australia where he won the Adelaide CIC3* on a borrowed horse.

In 2015 he was an individual member of the British squad for the European Championships at Blair Castle finishing 17th (Fenyas Elegance).

Oliver began riding when he was seven years old, inheriting his love of horses from his parents. His father, Alan, competed in three-day eventing, while mother, Eve, showed side-saddle at county level. His first success came in show jumping at HOYS when he was 11, and at 13 he went on to represent Britain on the pony eventing team at the European Championships. Oliver quickly moved through the ranks and for three years was stable jockey to British team trainer, the late Kenneth Clawson in Leicestershire before going solo.

Oliver’s good result at his first Badminton in 2005 with Topping earned them an individual place on the 2005 British European Championship squad at Blenheim. With Flint Curtis, Oliver came third at Badminton in 2006 and rode as an individual at the Aachen WEG in the same year. In 2007 he won a team gold medal in Pratoni del Vivaro.

In 2009 Oliver joined the elite group of riders who have won back-to-back Badminton and Burghley titles. That year he also won the HSBC FEI Classics title and at the end of the 2009 season was top of the BE rider rankings for the first time.

In 2014, with Black Tie, he was an individual member of the British Squad for the WEG in France but retired cross country.

ODT Ghareeb owned by Kathleen Wilkinson & Rachael Wood, is a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. He is by the successful thoroughbred sire Ghareeb also the sire of four-star horses Coolio, Kilronan, Trig Point as well as Oliver’s ride MHS King Joules. He was acquired by Oliver as a five-year-old at the end of 2009. Last year he was second in the CCI3* at Blair Castle; Badminton will be the horse’s first four-star

 Samuel Thomas owned by Comfi Ltd & Sue Chadwick, is a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. He is by the thoroughbred El Rio out of Barnard Que by the thoroughbred Arctic Que. He was produced to three-star level by owner Sue Chadwick and Oliver took the ride at the end of 2014. In 2016 the pair was 7th at Burghley.

MHS King Joules, owned by Tom Joules, is a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse (ISH) gelding. He is by the Thoroughbred Ghareeb (also the sire of Oliver’s ride ODT Ghareeb) out of a mare by Cavalier Royale. He was first ridden to three-star level by Mary King and then the ride was passed to Andrew Nicholson. Oliver gained the ride after Andrew was injured in a fall at Gatcombe 2015. The pair started at Burghley last year but retired on the cross county




MHS King Joules

ISH, Ireland, 2005
16.3hh , bay , gelding

Sire Ghareeb

Dam Gowran Lady (Cavalier Royal)

Breeder Ida Brennan

Owner(s): Tom Joules, Market Harborough, Leics.

ODT Ghareeb

Irish Sport Horse, Ireland, 2004
16.3hh , bay , gelding

Sire Ghareeb

Dam Celestial Rose (Tulla Flight)

Breeder Sean Grier

Owner(s): Kathleen Wilkinson, Thirsk, N. Yorks.,
Rachel Wood, Alnwick, Northumberland

Samuel Thomas II

ISH, Ireland, 2004
16.2hh , bay , gelding

Sire Eliro

Dam Barnard Que (Arctic Qur)

Owner(s): Komfi Ltd, Huddersfield, W. Yorks.
Sue Chadwick, Huddersfield, W. Yorks.

Notable Results

2016 – Burghley CCI4* 7th Samuel Thomas, 23rd Dromgurrihy Blue, ret King Joules

2016 – Blair Castle CCI3* 2nd ODT Ghareeb, 3rd Lanfranco

2016 – Gatcombe CIC3* 1st Cillnabradden Evo

2016 – Burgham CIC3* 4th ODT Ghareeb

2016 – Burgham CIC3* 1st MHS King Joules, 33rd Dromghurrihy Blue

2016 – Bramham CCI3* 3rd MHS King Joules, 9th Samuel Thomas

2016 – Burgham CIC3* 1st Dromghurrihy Blue, 21st Samuel Thomas

2016 – Houghton Hall CICO3* 8th MHS King Joules, 5th Dromghurrihy Blue

2016 – Burnham Market CIC3* 1st Cooley Master Class, 2nd Noteworthy, 26th Armada, El Black Tie

2015 – Ballindenisk CCI3* 1st Cooley SRS, 8th King Joules

2015 – Blair Castle CH-EU-CCI3* 17th Fenyas Elegance

2015 – Burghley CCI4* 11th Dromgurrihy Blue, 23rd Armada, 32nd Samuel Thomas

2015 – Bramham CCI3* 15th ODT Ghareeb

2014 – Burghley CCI4* 8th Armada

2014 – Caen WEG Ret Black Tie

2014 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 4th Black Tie

2014 – Tattersalls CCI* 1st Colonel Joe

2012 – Burghley 4th Armada, Ret ODT Sonas Rovatio

2012 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 7th ODT Sonas Rovatio, 8th Armada

2012 – Balindenisk CCI3* 1st Arctic Mouse

2011 – Burghley CCI4* Ret Imperial Master, EL Neo de Breuil

2011 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 7th Master Rose

2011 – Lexington CCI4* 6th ODT Sonas Rovatio

2011 – Belton CIC3* 1st Ashdale Cruise Master

2011 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 7th ODT Master Rose

2009 – Burghley CCI4* 1st Carousel Quest

2007 – Pratoni EU-CH-CCI3* 12th Flint Curtis (team gold_

2005 – Blenheim EU-CH-CCI3* 43rd Topping


2016 – 25th Armada, Ret Black Tie

2015 – 11th Armada

2014 – 2nd Armada

2013 – 34th Armada

2009 – 1st Flint Curtis

2008 – 12th Coup De Coeur

2006 – 3rd Flint Curtis, 31st Topping

2005 – 12th Topping