British-based New Zealand Olympic rider Caroline Powell last competed at Badminton in 2015 – she has completed the event 12 times. Caroline who is based near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk was a member of the New Zealand Olympic team that won team bronze in London 2012 and was 29th individually with Lenamore with who she won Burghley in 2010 when Lenamore was 17.
Caroline arrived in Scotland from New Zealand in 1992 to work in Clive Storey’s point to point yard and raced five times before ‘retiring’. While there she took over the ride on Clive’s three-star horse Caliber finishing 12th in her first three-day at Bramham. She then worked for former Badminton winner Ian Stark grooming for him in Atlanta in 1996. In 1997, she took over the ride on Jenny Leggate’s Cocky-Olly-Bird and competed at her first four-star (Burghley 1999) and the following year had her first ride at Badminton with Dalliance (11th). With Lenamore she was selected for her NZ team debut at the 2006 WEG (Aachen) and the pair was selected for the 2008 Olympic Games. In 2010 she won team bronze at the WEG in Lexington with Mac MacDonald.
Caroline an Accredited BE trainer, trains with Paul Fielder.
Up Up and Away (aka Loroto He’s a Star) is a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Bred by Marie Creighton he is by Puissance (also the sire of four-star horses Horseware Bushman and Lukeswell, Old Road, Sir Percival and Badminton entry Drumghurrihy Blue). He is out of Coolmore Frolic by the Selle Francais Paris Lights. He has been produced by Caroline through the grades and the pair completed their first four-star at Pau in 2017.
On the Brash is a 12-year-old Irish-bred gelding. He is by the thoroughbred Mise Eire out of Hollymount Girl by Diamond Clover. He was produced by Australian rider Sam Griffiths to three-star level. Caroline acquired the ride last year when Sam was out of action. The pair was 11th in the CCI3* at Bramham.
On The Brash
16.3hh , bay , gelding
Sire Mise Eire
Dam Hollymount Girl (Diamond Clover)
Breeder Peter Brady
Sarah Tobey, Tiverton, Devon
Sue Smiley, Bridport, Dorset
Up Up And Away
16.2hh , grey , gelding
Dam Coolmore Frolic (Paris Lights)
Breeder Marie Creighton
Cameron & Mary Crawford, Melrose, Roxburghshire