Bubby Upton

Wednesday 7th - 11th May 2025


British rider Isabelle (Bubby) Upton (25) one of the younger riders, completed on her Badminton debut in 2022 and with Cola finished in 8th place last year. It will be a first Badminton and first 5* for her second entry Magic Roundabout with who she took her second National U25 championship title when winning the class at Bramham. She was national U25 champion in 2021 (Cannovara).

Bubby who is based near in Suffolk, midway between Newmarket and Bury St Edmonds, has ridden all her life and started with the Newmarket and Thurlow Pony Club who she represented at the Pony Club Championships six times, from the age of nine. She has come up through the ranks of BE and has been successful in British Pony, Junior and Young Rider European championship teams winning one individual gold, two individual silver, one team gold, two team, silver and one team bronze. For the last four-years she has been a student studying sports management at Edinburgh University juggling education with eventing.

In 2021 she won the U25 championship at Bicton (Cannavaro) and completed her first 5* at Pau finishing 12th with Cola.

Bubby trains with Tina Fletcher and Amy Woodhead. She enjoys time with family and friends and watching F1.

Magic Roundabout owned by the Zebedee is a British-bred 14-year-old SHB(GB) gelding. Bred by Sharon Stone he is by the thoroughbred Samraan although the breeding of his dam is not recorded. He was formerly ridden to 3*S by New Zealand rider Hannah Norvill. Bubby acquired him through Piggy French after she rang Bubby to say that she was bringing him to the yard as Bubby really ought to try him.

Cola III owned by her mother Rachael Upton is a 14-year-old German-Bred Holstein gelding. He is by international grand prix jumper Catoki out of a mare by the great Contender. He was acquired for Bubby in 2017 from GHF Equestrian – owner Vicki Tuffs produced and competed him to Novice level the previous season. Bubby and Cola crowned their first season together winning the BE seven-year-old championship at Osberton. They contested their first 5* at Pau in 2021 and in 2022 and 2023 completed Badminton.



HOLST, Germany, 2010
16.1hh , bay , gelding

Sire Catoki

Dam Vanessa XII (Contender)

Breeder Peter Boege

Owner(s): Rachel Upton

Notable Results

2023 – Hartpury CCI4*S 4th Cola, 34th Magic Roundabout

2023 – Bramham CCIU254*L 1st Magic Roundabout

2022 – Pau CCI5*L 6th Cannavaro

2022 – Burghley CCI5*L 14th Cola

2022 – Luhmuhlen EL Cannavaro

2021 – Blenheim CCI4*L 22nd Magic Roundabout

2022 – Chatsworth CCI4*S 6th Cannavaro

2021 – Pau CCI5* 12th Cola

2021 – Little Downham CCI4*S 1st Cannavaro, 5th Cola

2021 – Bicton CCIU254*L 1st Cannavaro, 4th Cola

2019 – Maarsebergen CH-EU-Y-CCI3*L 2nd Cola (team gold)

2018 – Fontainebleau CH-EU-Y-CCI2* 43rd Cola

2017 – Millstreet CH-EU-J-CCI1* 1st Eros DHI (team silver)

2016 – Montelibretti CH-EU-J-CCI1* 16th Eros DHI (team bronze)

2014 – Millstreet CH-EU-P-C2* 2nd Alfie (team silver)


2023 – 8th Cola

2022 – 36th Cola (first time horse and rider)