British amateur rider Alexander Bragg (37) made his Badminton debut last year with Zagreb. The pair impressed cross country but had to withdraw before show jumping. In October they were 5th at the CCI4* in Pau – having also been 5th the year before.
Alex, who is based in Chilton Trinity, near Bridgewater in Somerset, is a professional farrier. He made his four-star debut at Burghley 2016.
Alex grew up with horses and enjoyed success as a child in pony club mounted games before concentrating on showjumping. Aged 16 he took a break from riding but continued to work with horses and then began training as a farrier. He qualified with distinction and started his own business. Through his job he met Simmone – now his wife – who gave him his first insight into eventing and Alex began to ride and compete again when Simmone was pregnant with their first daughter.
With Simmone, Alex runs Team Bragg and the couple has three daughters; Ellouise (13) who has recently started eventing, Sienna (11) and Florence (7) who both ride. All are members of the Polden Hills Pony Club.
Redpath Ransom is a 13-year-old British-Bred gelding (AES). He was bred by Adelle Brabham and is by John Whitaker’s former international showjumper Randi out of a mare by the Irish thoroughbred Euphemism. He has been brought through the grades by Alexander. He is described as ‘a man’s man’ – he likes to sleep, eat and work but does not like being fussed or having his picture taken’. He completed his first four-star at Luhmuhlen last year.
Zagreb is a 14-year-old Dutch-bred KWPN registered gelding. He is by Perion out of Renera by Nagano. At nearly 18hh and described as ‘a gentle giant’, he is one of the tallest in the event. He has been brought through the grades by Alexander since a five-year-old.
17.0hh , bay , gelding
Sire Randi Elite
Dam Redpath River Dancer (Euphemism)
Breeder Mrs Adelle Brabham
Debbie Nuttall, Bridgwater, Somerset
Mike & Naomi Roe, Bridgwater, Somerset
17.3hh , bay , gelding
Dam Renera (Nagano)
Breeder H Leyser
Owner(s): Sally Ellicott, Bridgwater, Somerset