British-based New Zealand Olympic rider Caroline Powell (46) first competed at Badminton in 2000. She has completed the event 15 times and last year gained two of those completions and with Badminton entry On the Brash completed Burghley also. 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.
On the Brash (aka Rufus) is a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse 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 in 2017 when Sam was out of action. The pair completed both Badminton and Burghley in 2018.
On The Brash
16.3hh , dark 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