It will be a first Badminton for British rider Alicia Hawker (23) one of the youngest riders this year, who is based in Hullavington just eight miles from the event where she runs her 10-horse yard. Last year Alicia completed her first four-star at Pau with her Badminton entry Charles RR and the pair was third in the U25 championship at Bramham.
Alicia grew up on the family farm – her father Ashton has won awards for his wildlife conservation on the farm – and was a member of the Beaufort Pony Club. She first competed in affiliated eventing at the age of 13 and in 2011 was the runner up in the U18 national championship. Aged 16 with Nankin Des Ruettes she placed 7th in the National Novice championship at Gatcombe and was long-listed for the British Junior team and the following year (2012) was the team first reserve. In 2015 with both Nankin and Charles RR she was long-listed for the European Championships.
Alicia recently gained a first class degree in sports performance from the University of Bath. At the end of last year Alicia was named the winner of the Mark Todd Bridging the Gap Scholarship. She trains with Mark Todd and Rhian Jones.
Outside of eventing Alicia likes snow-boarding, music festivals and socialising.
Charles RR is an 11-year-old British-bred AES registered gelding. Bred by Peter Teasdale he is by the KWPN sire Verdi TN (a son of Quidam de Revel) out of a mare by the former showjumper Didi. He was bought by Alicia’s Grandfather as a 5-year-old for Alicia and as a young horse proved ‘challenging’ but is now a ‘much-loved member of the family’. Last year the pair was 3rd in the U25 championship at Bramhamand completed their first four-star at Pau.
16.2hh , bay , gelding
Dam La Di Dah (Didi)
Breeder Mr Peter Teasdale
Owner(s): Bob Hawker, Chippenham, Wilts.