British rider Emilie Chandler (37) who runs her own yard at Stathern near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, last completed Badminton in 2003, when she won the ‘best first time’ award with Bridgestone. In 2015 with Badminton entry Coopers Law she completed Burghley and last year gained a career best gaining 14th place at the Pau four-star with Coopers Law.
Emilie is a former British Junior team rider and in 1998 won individual silver and team gold at the European Junior championships with Weston Miskris with who she was national Junior champion in 1999 (Weston Miskris was the dam of the eventing stallion Weston Justice).
In 2002 she was second in the U25 championships and the following year made her four-star debut at Badminton with Bridgestone and was awarded the prize for the ‘best first-timer’. Emilie then chose to concentrate on producing and selling horses in order to fund and build her business.
She is a successful producer of young horses – she has won the Burghley Young Event Horse final twice and is a regular at the young horse championships which she won in 2009 with the then five-year-old Coopers Law. She is a UKCC level 3 eventing coach. In 2013 she made her first BE Nations Cup team appearance with Coopers Law in Montelibretti, winning the team competition and was second individually and in 2015 the pair was on the reserve list for the 2015 European Championships.
Emilie trains with Chris Bartle, Gill Watson and Di Lampard
Outside of eventing she enjoys skiing, cross country running and gin tasting – she describes herself as ‘a G&T specialist’
Coopers Law is a 14-year-old British-bred gelding. He is by the former advanced event stallion Mill Law (also the sire of Mark Kyles Olympic ride Jemilla, four-star horse Bradeley Law and Opposition Sky Law). He is one of seven offspring for the mare Miss Cooper by the Irish Draught stallion Kildalton Gold (the damsire of Ballincoola). He was bred by owners Nicola Dickson and Sally Wiliams and was bred to be a family horse – ‘to compete at four-star is a dream come true’. He has been produced by Emilie – they first met when ‘Spider’ was two and she showed him in-hand. In 2009 they won the BE five-year-old young horse championship. He returns home to the Peak District for his winter break. Emilie also rides his five-year-old full sister Poppys Law and younger brother Coopers Mill.
17.0hh , bay , gelding
Sire Mill Law
Dam Miss Cooper (Kildalton Gold)
Breeder Nicola Dickson
Nicola Dickson, Hope Valley, Derbys.
Sally Williams, Hope Valley, Derbys.