Bubby Upton


Bubby Upton

Great Britain
  • 65 - Cola


British rider Isabelle (Bubby) Upton (24) one of the youngest riders, completed her first Badminton on her debut here last year with Cola (36th) – in September the pair was 14th at Burghley. It will be a first Badminton for her second entry Cannavaro with who she was 6th at Pau 5*.

Bubby is based near in Suffolk, midway between Newmarket and Bury St Edmonds.

Bubby 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 teams winning one individual gold, two individual silver, one team gold, two team, silver and one team bronze European Championship medals. 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, Caroline Moore and Amy Woodhead. She enjoys time with family and friends.

Cola owned by her mother Rachael Upton is a 13-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 completed Badminton.

Cannavaro is a Dutch bred KWPN registered 16-year-old gelding. He is by the jumping sire Oklund out of the Hanoverian mare Domina by Don Juan. He was initially produced as a showjumper and acquired from Lucy Morgan by the Upton family in 2017. In 2021 the pair won the U254*L at Bicton and in 2022 was 6th in the 5* at Pau.



HOLST, Germany, 2010
16.1hh , bay , gelding

Sire Catoki

Dam Vanessa XII (Contender)

Owner(s): Rachel Upton



KWPN, Netherlands, 2007
16.2hh , bay , gelding

Sire Oklund

Dam Domina (Don Juan )

Breeder M Van De Vleuten

Owner(s): Rachel Upton

Notable Results

2022 – Pau CCI5*L 6th Cannavaro

2022 – Burghley CCI5*L 14th Cola

2022 – Luhmuhlen EL Cannavaro

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)


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