Kirsty Short

Wednesday 7th - 11th May 2025

Kirsty Short

Great Britain
  • 55 - Cossan Lad


British amateur rider Kirsty Short (29) and Cossan Lad completed on their debut here last year and in September gained their second completion of Burghley. This will be the 10th four-star start for Cossan Lad.

For the last three-years Kirsty has juggled riding and competing with her degree studies at Nottingham Trent University where she has been studying Sports Education and Psychology. She has now returned to her Hertfordshire, where she keeps three horses at home and is working as a secondary school PE teacher.

Kirsty is from a non-horsey family but had her first lessons at the age of four and with her first pony competed up to Pony Club area competitions. At the age of 16 she acquired her first horse and became set on a career with horses.

After A levels her gap year turned into three, spent as a working pupil including time with Andrew James and Mark and Tanya Kyle through who she bought her event horses. She was then the co-manager at Chesfield Manor Stables in Gravely Hertfordshire during which time she completed her first two-star with a double clear. In 2012 she graduated to three-star and in 2013 with Cossan Lad completed her first CCI3* at Tattersalls and at the end of the year, her first four-star at Pau.

Lirsty enjoys skiing and travelling and has recently taken up boxing having taken part in a charity boxing match to raise money for cancer research. Kirsty trains with Tanya Kyle.

Cossan Lad, owned by the rider, is a 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse. He is by Grange Bouncer a son of the Irish Draught stallion Prospect Pride and was bought from Mark and Tanya Kyle as a five-year-old. In 2013 the pair completed their first four-star at Pau and now has four, four-star completions. Matthew Wright completed Burghley with him in 2014




Cossan Lad

ISH, Ireland, 2002
16.2hh , grey , gelding

Sire Grange Bouncer

Breeder P Doyal

Owner(s): Amy Burbage, Costock, Leics.
& Rider

Notable Results

2018 – Burghley CCI4* 38th Cossan Lad

2017 – Burghley CCI4* ret Cossan Lad

2017 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 31st Cossan Lad

2016 – Burghley CCI4* 29th Cossan Lad

2016 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 22nd Cossan Lad

2015 – Burghley El Cossan Lad

2015 – Burgham CIC3* 43rd Cossan Lad

2015 – Chatsworth CIC3* 41 Kirsty Short

2014 – Burghley CCI4* 38th (Matthew Wright)

2014 – Bramham CCIU253* EL Cossan Lad

2013 – Pau CCI4* 48th Cossan Lad

2013 – Blair Castle CCI3* 15th Cossan Lad

2013 – Tattersalls CCI3* 20th Cossan Lad


2018 – 48th Cossan Lad