Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 1st May - Sunday 5th May, 2019 #MMBHT


British rider Izzy Taylor (34) who is based near Bicester in Oxfordshire is one of the UK’s busiest riders and at the end of 2017 was BE’s highest ranked lady rider; she finished the year in second place and is currently 14th in the FEI World rankings. In 2017 with Badminton entry Perfect Stranger she won the CCI3* at Millstreet. She was also the winner of the World six-year-old young horse championship (Monkeying Around) and over the year won 7 CIC3* classes including Belton and at Bramham.

In 2016 with Allercombe Ellie she was eighth at Badminton. The pair was selected for the British team for the Rio Olympic Games but shortly before travelling was unable to go due to injury to Ellie. Her place was taken by Pippa Funnell.

Izzy comes from an equestrian family and started riding early. Her Grandmother Jane Whiteley was second at Badminton, her great aunt Anneli Drummond Hay won both Badminton and Burghley and her mother represented GB at Junior and Young Rider levels. Although offered a place at University to study Sports Science, Izzy decided on horses and eventing. She first worked for Hartpury College and breeders Sam and Linda Barr and then spent time in Holland to train with her aunt, Anneli Drummond Hay, where she had the opportunity to work for Swiss Olympic show jumper Markus Fuchs. She recovered from serious injury from a fall in 2003 to win team silver and individual bronze in the 2004 European Young Rider Championships. She was then based for two years at the Opposition Stud during which time she was second at Windsor International and third at the Young Rider Championships. In 2006 Izzy set up her own yard.

In 2008 Izzy took the ride on Briarlands Matilda when her former rider Tristram Owers broke his leg. In 2011 with Matilda, Izzy made her Badminton debut and in 2012 was seventh in their first appearance at Burghley – Izzy received the prize for the highest placed ‘Burghley first-timer’ while Matilda won the prize for the highest placed British-bred mare. In 2013 with Matilda, she was a member of the British squad for the European Championships in Malmo – Izzy’s first senior appearance for GB.

In 2014 she was the only rider to complete Badminton on two horses, Briarlands Matilda 17th & Thistledown Popski 18th. In 2015 with Briarlands Matilda, she was an individual member of the squad that contested the European Championships at Blair Castle, finishing in 6th place. Briarlands Matilda is currently the highest ranked competing mare with BE – she has over 1200 points – and the second highest ever (to Headley Britannia).

In 2016 at the July meeting of the Goodwood Festival Izzy won the Magnolia Cup – a celebrity ladies race in aid of charity – presented to her by Darcy Bussell

Izzy trains with Tracie Robinson and Philip Surl

Izzy is mother to two children Lily (9) and Freddie (7) and enjoys hunting with the Bicester and Waddon Chase.

Perfect Stranger (aka Orange) is a 16-year-old Dutch-bred KWPN registered gelding. He is by the Selle Francais international showjumper Hors La Loi (formerly ridden by Hugo Simon) out of a mare by Amaretto I who was also competed by Hugo Simon. Perfect Stranger was originally produced by Owen Moore, then ridden by New Zealanders Neil Spratt and Andrew Nicholson with who he was 7th at Luhmuhlen four-star in 2016. Izzy acquired the ride at the beginning of 2017.  The horse is based with his owner.




Perfect Stranger

KWPN, Netherlands, 2002
16.2hh , chesnut , gelding

Sire Hors La Loi III

Dam Olien R (Amaretto I)

Breeder C H Rasenberg

Owner(s): Alex Philips, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos.

Notable Results

2017 – Burghley CCI4* 9th Trevidden

2017 – Blenheim CIC3* 1st Be Touchable

2017 – Millstreet CCI3* 1st Perfect Stranger

2017 – Millstreet CIC3* 1st Be Touchable

2017 – Cappoquin CIC3* 1st Trevidden, 3rd Perfect Stranger

2017 – Bramham CIC3* 1st Trevidden

2017 – Mallow CIC3* 1st Perfect Stranger

2017 – Belton CIC3* 1st KBIS Starburst

2016 – Le Lions CH-M-YH-CCI1* 3rd Jockey Club Fleurelle

2016 – Millstreet CIC3* 1st Be Touchable

2015 – Blair Castle CH-EU-CCI3* 6th KBI Briarlands Matilda

2015 – Strzegom CICO3* 2nd KBIS Starburst

2014 – Burghley CCI4* 7th Briarlands Matilda

2014 – Bramham CCI3* 2nd Orlando

2014 – Tattersalls CCI3* 1st Allercombe Ellie

2013 – Waregem CICO3* 1st Orlando, 8th Dax van Ternieuwbeke

2013 – Malmo CH-EU-3* 35th KBIS Briarlands Matilda

2012 – Burghley CCI4* 7th Briarlands Matilda

2012 – Bramham CCI3* 3rd Briarlands Matilda

2004 – Barroca EU-CH-YR2* 3rd Flurry Knox (team silver)

2004 – Windsor CCI2* 2nd Flurry Knox


2017 – El Briarlands Matilda

2016 – 8th Allercombe Ellie, ret Briarlands Matilda

2015 – 42nd Thisteldown Poposki, W/D Briarlands Matilda

2014 – 17th Briarlands Matilda, 18th Thistledown Popski

2013 – ret Briarlands Matilda

2011 – 54th Briarlands Matilda