Dee Hankey

Wednesday 7th - 11th May 2025

Dee Hankey

Great Britain
  • 61 - Chequers Playboy


British rider Dee Hankey (40), from Crowton in Cheshire, last competed at Badminton in 2016 – she gained her first completion in 2009.

Dee comes from a non-horsey background. She persuaded her mother to let her have riding lessons and Dee then rode other peoples’ ponies on the show jumping circuit until she was 15. She then pursued a brief career as a member of the three-girl band ‘Paperdolls’ and following the end of their contract with MCA records, in 2000, went back to horses and started eventing with Big El a 17hh gelding bought from Carol Gee . Even though the pair was new to eventing they gained second place in their first event which ensured Dee was hooked on the sport. The pair competed to four-star, gaining one Badminton and two Burghley completions.

Following Big El’s retirement in 2009, Dee began competing up and coming rides including Chequers Playboy who she has brought through the grades to four-star. Dee has also  competed in FEI showjumping.

In 2010 Dee married former showing rider turned eventer and show jumper Haydn Hankey who she met out hunting. Hayden and Dee run a busy yard producing and competing event horses, showjumpers, show horses and hunters, as well as teaching. Haydn has also whipped-in and been a field master for the Cheshire Forest.

Chequers Playboy, (aka Kenny) is a 16-year-old Dutch-bred gelding. He is by Kennedy (a son of Ferro) out of a mare by Flemmingh. He was sourced from Holland by Astrid Bolton and acquired by Dee as a 4-year-old.





Chequers Playboy

KWPN, Netherlands, 2002
16.3hh , bay , gelding

Sire Kennedy

Dam Kamarilla (Flemmingh)

Breeder J.H Deterink

Owner(s): Rider

Notable Results

2017 – Burghley CCI4* El Chequers Playboy

2017 – Hartpury CIC3* 49th Chequers Playboy

2017 – Burgham CIC3* 51st Chequers Playboy

2017 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 25th Chequers Playboy

2017 – Bramham CCI3* Ret Chequers Playboy

2017 – Houghton Hall CICO3* 56th Chequers Playboy

2016 – Burgham CIC3* 4th Chequers Playboy

2016 – Bramham CCI3* 13th Chequers Playboy

2015 – Burghley CCI4* El Chequers Playboy (missed fence)

2015 – Belton CIC3* 32nd Chequers Playboy

2015 – Burgham CIC3* 14th Chequers Playboy

2014 – Pau CCI4* 16th Chequers Playboy

2014 – Bramham CIC3* 2nd Chequers Playboy

2013 – Burghley CCI4* 39th Chequers Playboy

2008 – Aldon CCI1* 1st Chequers Playboy

2008 – Burghley CCI4* 21st Big El

2007 – Burghley CCI4* 39th Big El


2016 – w/d/ after dressage Chequers Playboy

2015 – El Chequers Playboy

2009 – 33rd Big El

2008 – El Big El