Wednesday 5th May
Sunday 9th May, 2021


British rider Harry Meade (35) competed at Badminton last year finishing in 16th place with Away Cruising – his entry this year also. Harry now has ten completions of the event with five top twenty placings. Later in the year the pair was 5th at Burghley.

Harry was born and grew up in the Beaufort Hunt country, close to Badminton and lives just a few miles from the event. In 2000, as a member of the Beaufort Pony Club, Harry was the National Pony Club eventing champion and the following year a member of the British Junior team. After leaving school he combined horses with university and gained a degree in history of art from Bristol University. Before running his own yard Harry was apprenticed to several riders including William Fox-Pitt from who he took the ride on Midnight Dazzler, with who he made his four-star debut at Burghley in 2005 winning awards for the ‘best first timer’ and ‘best Under-25’. Midnight Dazzler and Harry completed Burghley three times and Badminton on four occasions. In 2009 Harry became the youngest person ever to receive an Armada dish awarded for five Badminton completions.

In 2013 whilst competing at Wellington horse trials Harry suffered a rotational fall which resulted in two fractured and dislocated elbows requiring much re-constructive surgery and incapacitation.  He started riding again mid-February and in 2014 gained a fairy-tale third place at Badminton with Wild Lone with who he subsequently gained his first senior flag as a member of the British team for the 2014 WEG in Caen. Sadly Wild Lone died after the cross country – albeit Harry braved the podium to collect team silver. He was voted rider of the year by the Event Horse Owners Association, (EHOA), Event Riders Association (ERA) The British Equestrian Writers Association and Horse & Hound.  Since the loss of his top horse he has brought on younger horses and with Away Cruising made a successful return to four-star competition at Burghley in 2017.

Harry is also involved of other aspects of the sport; he is a member of the Gatcombe Festival organising committee and is Chairman of the FEI International Riders committee. He has recently been part of the BBC commentary team, writes a column for Horse & Hound Magazine and is an ambassador for equine charity The Brooke

His father the late Richard Meade won three Olympic gold medals in eventing, won Burghley in 1964 and completed Badminton 16 times winning the event twice (1970 & ’82). In 2010 Harry married Rosie Bradford – having proposed during a Badminton course walk – and they have a daughter Lily (7) and a son Charlie (5). Harry trains with Christopher Bartle and Roland Fernyhough.

Away Cruising, is a 12-year-old Irish-bred grey gelding. He is by Cruise On (a son of Cruising) out of Parklands Princess by the thoroughbred Able Albert. He has been brought the levels by Harry since a five-year-old. In June 2017 he completed his first four-star at Luhmuhlen and has now completed Badminton and twice completed Burghley.





Away Cruising

ISH, Ireland, 2007
16.3hh , grey , gelding

Sire Cruise On

Dam Parklands Princess (Able Albert)

Breeder Eamon O'Flaherty

Owner(s): Charlotte Opperman, Andover, Hants.

Notable Results

2018 – Burghley CCI4* 6th Away Cruising

2017 – Burghley CCI4* 15th Away Cruising

2017 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 14th Away Cruising

2016 – Blenheim CCI3* 26th Away Cruising

2016 – Bramham CCI3* 19th Away Cruising

2012 – Burghley CCI4* 34th Wild Lone

2012 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 11th Wild Lone

2008 – Burghley CCI4* 20th Birthday Night

2008 – Gatcombe British Open10th Birthday Night

2007 – Burghley CCI4* 8th Midnight Dazzler

2006 – Burghley CCI4* 20th Midnight Dazzler ‘Best U25’

2005 – Burghley CCI4* 13th Midnight Dazzler Best first time, Best U25


2018 – 16th Away Cruising

2014 – 3rd Wild Lone

2013 – 37th Wild Lone

2011 – 3rd Wild Lone

2009 – 10th Midnight Dazzler

2008 – 13th Midnight Dazzler, 31st Birthday Night

2007 – 20th Midnight Dazzler 24th Birthday Night Best U25

2006 – 21st Midnight Dazzler Best first timer, Best U25, Best local rider