Wednesday 4th May
Sunday 8th May, 2022

Sarah Parkes

Great Britain
  • 27 - Balladeer Durban Hills


It will be a first Badminton and first four-star for British rider Sarah Parkes (29) who is based near Rugby in Warwickshire where she runs a yard with her partner, Badminton entrant Ben Way.

Sarah began riding with the Worcestershire Hunt Pony Club and represented the club at the PC Championships in eventing, dressage and tetrathlon as well as gaining her A test. In 2006 Sarah was a member of the British Junior squad competing in Avenches with her first event horse Marienta. In 2012 she was the British Dressage BYRDS A squad champion.

After a year in Herefordshire with William Blane FBHS Sarah moved to the present yard in Warwickshire where she now has a string of event horses.

Sarah comes from a family involved in racing and point to pointing although her mother Sue evented successfully at Junior and Young Rider level before turning to racing.

Sarah trains with Peter Murphy and Ruth Edge

Balladeer Durban Hills owned by Sue Parkes, is a 12-year-old Irish thoroughbred gelding. He is by Seabrook out of a mare by Elbio. Sarah started riding him in 2013 when he came to the yard to be sold but liked him so much she was determined not to let him go. He was formerly ridden for three seasons by Louise Harwood.



Balladeer Durban Hills

TB, Ireland, 2005
16.1hh , bay , gelding

Sire Seabrook

Dam Mistress Elbio (Elbio)

Breeder Brian O'Reilly

Owner(s): Sue Parkes, Droitwich, Worcs.

Notable Results

2017 – Belton CIC3* 21st Balladeer Durban Hills

2016 – Boekelo CICO3* 15th Balladeer Durban Hills

2016 – Millstreet CIC3* 8th Balladeer Durban Hills

2016 – Bramham CCI3* w/d after dressage

2016 – Burgham CIC3* 12th Balladeer Durban Hills

2015 – Blenheim CCI3* 32nd Balladeer Durban Hills

2014 – Blair Castle CCI2* 2nd Balladeer Durban Hills