Alice Casburn

WEDNESDAY 8 MAY - SUNDAY 12 MAY, 2024

Alice Casburn

Great Britain
  • 29 - Topspin

Biography

British rider Alice Casburn (21) and her ride Topspin made a successful debut here last year. The pair was 19th winning Alice, who was the youngest rider competing, the highest placed ‘under 25’, the highest placed ‘owner/rider’ and the Glentrool trophy for the ‘highest rise up the leader board after dressage. Alice then won team gold and individual bronze medals at the Young Rider European Championships at Hartpury and finished an outstanding season with fifth place at Burghley 5*.

In 2019 with Topspin she was a member of the British squad at the Junior European Championships (16th) and the pair completed their first 5* at Pau in 2021.

Alice, who is based in Corpusty, 16 miles north of Norwich in Norfolk, will be the youngest rider again. Alice who completed an AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) with Haddon Training now assists her mother in her livery yard.

Alice’s mother Caroline Casburn (nee Sizer) rode at Badminton 1994 and later that year was a member of the British squad at the WEG in the Hague (Grey Ghost). Topspin who is a second generation homebred was originally competed by Caroline in showjumping to Grade A as he was considered too sharp for Alice who eventually took the reins in 2018 when he was 10, after ‘years of being desperate for the ride’.

Alice enjoys regular beach swims (whatever the season) and scuba diving.

She trains with her mother and Caroline Moore/

Topspin owned by his breeder Caroline Casburn is a British-bred AES registered 15-year-old gelding. He is by the KWPN sire Zento out of a mare by the thoroughbred El Conquistador. He is a second generation homebred – Caroline competed Topspin’s Grand-dam to advanced level. He is described as ‘incredibly quirky’ and not the easiest and is especially horse shy in the warm-up arena. He is however considered a member of the family. He is 17.1hh and still lives in the same stable he was born in.

Entries

Topspin

TB x SF, United Kingdom, 2008
17.1hh , bay , gelding

Sire Zento

Dam Capriati (El Conquistador)

Breeder Caroline Casburn

Owner(s): Caroline Casburn

Notable Results

2022 – Burghley CCI5*L 5th Topspin

2022 – Hartpury CH-EU-CCI3*L 3rd Topspin

2022 – Somerford CCI3*S 8th Topspin

2021 – Pau CCI5*L 19th Topspin

2021 – Little Downham CCI4*S 2nd Topspin

2021 – Blair Castle CCI4*L 2nd

2021 – Bicton CCIU254*L 17th Topspin

2019 – Maarsbergen CH-EUJ-CCI2*L 16th Topspin

Badminton

2022 – 19th Topspin (first time for horse and rider)