Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

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

Louise Harwood

Great Britain
  • 23 - Mr Potts


In 2017, British rider Louise Harwood (42), who runs her own yard near Eardisley in Herefordshire, completed Badminton, Burghley and Pau four-star events with Mr Potts, her entry this year also.

Louise began eventing with the Radnor and West Hereford Pony Club also taking part in other equestrian competitions including mounted games, show jumping and dressage. Aged 16 she first competed in affiliated competition and was a member of the Welsh JRN team.

Louise gained a BSc in biology from Cardiff University followed by a PGDip in Applied Equine Science at the Royal Agricultural College and worked part-time in marketing before turning to a career in horses.

In 2003 Louise won the Welsh Championships and in 2006 competed at her first four-star completing with a double-clear at Burghley on the homebred Bit of a Barney. She competed and completed her first Badminton in 2007 with Partly Pickled – the full brother to Bit of a Barney – winning the award for ‘best first-timer’. After a good season in 2014 she was short-listed for the British squad for the WEG in France and gained 12th place at Burghley with Badminton entry Mr Potts. Her ride Whitson was BE’s top horse of 2014.

Louise who is married to Greg Harwood, is an instructor (BHSII) and an accredited BE coach. She trains for dressage with Adam Kemp.

Mr Potts owned by the rider, is a 16-year-old homebred gelding, bred by Louise’s mother Jackie Skelton. He is by Old Leighlin, an Irish Sport Horse that stood in the UK and sired several good event horses including Rumpy Pumpy and Trefeinin Angel. Mr Potts dam, Much of a Muddle, is by the ID sire Roma Diamond Skip. Much of a Muddle is the half-sister to Louise’s former four-star rides and full brothers Bit of Barney and Partly Pickled who both completed Burghley and Badminton.  Mr Potts, who was named after the vet who foaled him, has completed all 12 of the four-star events he has contested.




Mr Potts

ID x TB, United Kingdom, 2002
16.2hh , bay , gelding

Sire Old Leighlin

Dam Much of a Muddle (Roma Diamond Skip)

Breeder Jacqueline Skelton

Owner(s): Rider

Notable Results

2017 – Pau CCI4* 35th Mr Potts

2017 – Burghley CCI4* 20th Mr Potts

2017 – Blair Castle CCI3* 2nd Balladeer Miller Man

2017 – Cappoquin CIC3* 9th Mr Potts

2017 – Bramham CIC3* 10th Mr Potts

2016 – Burghley CCI4* 24th Mr Potts

2016 – Blair Castle CCI3* 8th Jenga

2016 – Luhmuhlem CIC4* 8th Whitson, 21st Mr Potts

2015 – Burghley CCI4* 45th Mr Potts, Ret Whitson

2014 – Pau CCI4* 13th Whitson

2014 – Burghley CCI4* 12th Mr Potts

2014 – Blair Castle CCI3* 3rd Whitson

2014 – Blair Castle CIC3* 3rd Mr Potts

2014 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 30th Mr Potts

2013 – Burghley CCI4* 32nd Mr Potts

2013 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 31st Mr Potts

2009 – Burghley CCI4* 16th Bit of a Barney

2007 – Burghley CCI4* 28th Bit of a Barney

2006 – Burghley CCI4* 23rd Bit of a Barney

2005 – Blair Castle CCI3* 1st (Partly Pickled)



2017 – 44th Mr Potts, ret Whitson

2016 – 44th Mr Potts, ret Whitson

2015 – Badminton CCI4* 53rd Mr Potts

2011 – El Partly Pickled

2010 – Badminton CCI 4* 41st Partly Pickled

2008 – Badminton CCI4* 44th (Bit of a Barney)

2007 – Badminton CCI4* 23rd Partly Pickled, ‘Best first timer’