British rider Alexander Bragg (41) made his Badminton debut in 2017 and completed the following year. Last year (2021) with Badminton entry King of the Hill he was 18th at Pau 5*. As well as running an event yard Alex, who is based in Chilton Trinity, near Bridgewater in Somerset, is a professional farrier.
Alex grew up with horses and enjoyed success as a child in Pony Club mounted games, before concentrating on showjumping. At the age of 16, he took a break from riding to start training as a registered farrier, before starting his own shoeing business upon qualification.
It was through his farrier work that Alex met his wife, Simmone, who gave him his first taste of eventing. He began riding and competing again when Simmone was pregnant with their first child, significantly reducing his farriery commitments in favour of being an event rider.
He made his four-star debut at Burghley 2016, has competed on British Nations Cup teams, was a reserve for the European Championships in 2017 and made the long-list for the World Equestrian Games in 2018. With former 5* ride Zagreb he completed Burghley, Badminton, Pau and Luhmühlen.
With Simmone, Alex runs Team Bragg and the couple has three daughters; Ellouise (17) who competes in under-18s, Sienna (15) and Florence (11) who also both ride. All are members of the Polden Hills Pony Club.
King of the Mill owned by long-standing supporters Michael and Naomi Roe, is 12-year-old Irish-bred, Irish Sport Horse registered gelding. Bred by James Timmons he is by Stormhill Miller (also the sire of former Badminton horse Balladeer Miller Man) out of mare by Kildalton King. He was acquired from Sam Smith in 2016. At 17.2 King of the Mill will be one of the tallest horses competing.
17.3hh , bay , gelding
Dam Renera (Nagano)
Breeder H. Leyser
Owner(s): Philip & Sally Ellicott, Bridgwater, Somerset
16.3hh , chestnut , gelding
Sire Balou Du Rouet
Dam Madons Even Wiser (Matinee Du Madon VII )
Breeder Mr James Dyer
Owner(s): Sarah Hughes
16.3hh , bay , gelding
Sire Shannondale Sarco St Ghyvan
Dam Shannondale Maria (Lux Z )
Breeder Martin Walsh
Owner(s): Sarah Hughes, Bridgwater, Somerset