Dani Evans

Wednesday 7th - 11th May 2025

Dani Evans

Great Britain
  • 75 - Smart Time


It will be a third visit to Badminton for British rider Dani Evans (26) who last competed here in 2016 with Smart Time with who she gained her first Badminton completion.

2017 did not get off to a good start for Dani who was side-lined after re-breaking a leg the result of a fall in her first event of the season. She then concentrated on lower events before taking on the bigger fences later in the year. The season ended on a good note; she won the five-year-old BE championship with Hollywood Dancer and was fifth at Boekelo with Badminton entry Smart Time.

Dani, who is based near Pensford, Bristol, has been a member of British Junior and Young Rider teams; in 2009 riding Uchin she was the European Junior silver medallist and  in 2011 the pair won team gold. In 2012 with Raphael II she won individual bronze at the European Young Rider Championships in Malmo and in 2013 was runner up in the British U25 Championships at Bramham. That year she won the Under-25 two-star at Tattersalls with Smart Time and in 2015 the pair was second in the Under-25 Championship at Bramham while she was also third with Raphael.

Dani left school at 16 and for three years worked for her Uncle, agent and producer Tim Warren (now the leader of the Bath and North East Somerset Council) at his Bristol yard as part of the Warren Eventing team. At the end of 2011 she moved to the Billy Stud where she spent a year with William and Pippa Funnell.

In 2015 Dani was due to make her senior team debut at the European Championships but had to withdraw just a day before the event as the horse was not well. At the end of the season the pair was the recipient of the BE Britannia League – for riders not to have represented Team GB in a major championship – and Dani was also third in the League, that is decided at three-star level, with Raphael II. She has represented GB in Nations cup Teams. Dani trains with Ros Morgan and enjoys hunting, training and teaching and a ski holiday during the off-season.

Smart Time, is a 14-year-old grey Irish Sport Horse gelding of unknown breeding. He was brought to the UK from Ireland by Tim Warren of Warren Eventing, where at the time Dani was working and producing horses. He was then bought for Polly Wiliamson who produced him to intermediate level, then ridden to two-star by Gubby Leech before Dani took the ride at the end of 2012.  In 2013 they were individuals at the Young Rider European championships and in 2015 were second in the Under-25 championship at Bramham and selected as members of the British sqaud for the European Championship. Smart Time completed Badminton in 2016. ‘He’s small but mighty’





Smart Time

ISH, Ireland, 2004
16.0hh , grey , gelding

Breeder Mr Martin O'Meara

Owner(s): Luana Edge, Bradford-on-Avon, Wilts.

Notable Results

2017 – Boekelo CICO3* 5th Smart Time

2016 – Blenheim CCCI3* 7th Smart Time

2016 – Hartpury CIC3* 15th Smart Time

2016 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 4th Smart Time

2016 – Fontainebleau CICO3* 44th Raphael II, 54th smart Time

2015 – Blenheim CCI3* 9th Raphael II

2015 – Bramham CCIU253* 2nd Smart Time, 3rd Raphael II

2015 – Chatsworth CIC3* 11th Raphael II, 36th Smart Time

2013 – Jardy CH-EU-YCCI2* 11th Smart Time

2013 – Bramham CCIU253* 2nd Raphael II

2013 – Tattersalls CCIU252* 1 Smart Time, 4th Kali De L’Aer

2012 – Malmo CH-EU-Y-C2* 3rd Raphael II

2011 – Blair Castle CH-EU-Y-C2* 32nd Uchin

2011 – Houghton Hall CCI2* 1st Uchin

2010 – Bad Segeberg CH-EU-J-C1* 36th Uchin

2009 – Waregem CH-EU-J-C1* 2nd Uchin

2008 – Thirlstane CH-EU-J-C1* 5th Uchin


2016 – 45th Smart Time, El Raphael II

2014 – El Raphael II (first time)