Kirsty Chabert

Wednesday 7th - 11th May 2025

Kirsty Chabert

Great Britain
  • 3 - Classic VI
  • 100 - Opposition Loire


British rider Kirsty Chabert (35) who is based near Salisbury has two entries this year; Classic VI with who in 2023, she was 6th at Pau, completed Lexington, won the 4*S at Carlow and was individually 2nd in the nations cup at Millstreet. It will be a first Badminton for Opposition Heraldik Girl with who she contested Pau but did not finish. The combination was 5th in the 4*L at Mallow and in 2022 completed Boekelo 4*L. Kirsty made her Badminton debut in 2016 completing with Opposition Detective and winning the Laurence Rook trophy.

Kirsty comes from an equestrian family. Her father John Johnston rode at four-star level – he completed Badminton in 1984 – and her mother, the late Debbie Johnston evented and rode international grand prix dressage and her brother Ben represented GB at tetrathlon. The family run the Opposition Stud that was founded by Debbie. They stood Fleetwater Opposition who became one of the sport’s most successful sires – he was the sire of successful British team horse Opposition Buzz. Debbie bred the stallion (Yarlands) Summer Song (by Fleetwater Opposition) who completed Badminton in 1995 with Marie Christine Duroy and has since become a successful sire in France.

In 2010, with Opposition Detective, Kirsty represented GB at the World young horse championships in Le Lions and again in 2013 with Opposition Skylaw. With Opposition Detective she completed Pau on two occasions (2014 & ’16).

Kirsty is married to international French rider Arthur Chabert who completed Burghley in 2019 and the couple has a five-year-old son Henry. Time outside of horses is spent with Henry or down by the sea.

Classic VI (aka Betty) owned by John Johnston and Carole Somers is a14-year-old British-bred AES registered mare. Bred by Peter Charles she is by world leading jumping sire Calvaro and was acquired by Kirsty as a 5-year-old. He has completed four 5* events – and in 2022 was 2nd at Luhmuhlen.

Opposition Heraldik Girl is a 12-year-old British-bred AES registered mare. Bred by Sue Hicks she is by Fleetwater Opposition out of Heraldik Girl by the well known eventing sire Heraldik. Heraldik Girl is also the dam of Kirsty’s 3* ride Heraldiks Girl Opposition and the Future stud’s stallion Future Hepsilon (by Upsilon).


Classic VI

AES, United Kingdom, 2009
16.1hh , bay , mare

Sire Calvaro

Dam India Summer

Breeder Peter Charles

Owner(s): Carole Somers
John Johnston
Kate Ward

Opposition Loire

TRAK X, United Kingdom, 2011
16.3hh , brown , mare

Sire Opposition Heracles

Dam Brooks Carnival Spiritus (Carnaval Drum)

Breeder John Johnston

Owner(s): The Daisy Chain Syndicate
& Rider

Notable Results

2023 – Pau CCI5*L 6th Classic VI, El Opposition Heraldik Girl

2023 – Mallow CCI4*L 5th Opposition Heraldik Girl

2023 – Blenheim CCI4*L 33rd Opposition Loire, 38th Classic VI

2023 – Carlow CCI4*S 1st Classic VI, 28th Opposition Loire

2023 – Bramham CCI4S* 17th Opposition Heraldik Girl

2023 – Aachen CCIO4*S 32nd Classic VI

2023 – Millstreet CCIO4*S 2nd Classic VI

2023 – Lexington CCI5*L 21st Classic VI

2023 – Mallow CCI3*S 1st Opposition Loire

2022 – Pau CCI5*L 22nd Classic VI

2022 – Boekelo CCIO4* 46th Opposition Heraldik Girl.

2022 – Millstreet CCI4*S 2nd Classic VI

2022 – Mallow CCI4*S 1st Classic VI

2022 – Bramham CCI4*L 3rd Opposition Loire

2022 – Luhmuhlen CCI5*L 2nd Classic VI

2019 – Pau CCI5*L 24th Classic VI

2016 – Pau CCI4* 34th Opposition Detective

2016 – Burghley CCI4* El Opposition Detective

2015 – Pau CCI4* 20th Opposition Detective

2015 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* ret Opposition Detective


2023 – Ret Opposition Loire

2022 – El Classic VI

2016 – 42nd Opposition Detective