British-based New Zealand Olympic rider Caroline Powell (50) last competed at Badminton in 2018 – she has achieved 14 completions of the event. Last year with Badminton entry Greenacres Special Cavalier she was 5th in the 5* at Pau – a first at the level for the horse – and was 3rd in the 4* for 8/9year-olds at Blenheim.
Caroline who is based near Newmarket in Suffolk was a member of the New Zealand Olympic team that won team bronze in London 2012 and was 29th individually with Lenamore with who she won Burghley in 2010 when Lenamore was 17.
Caroline arrived in Scotland from New Zealand in 1992 to work in Clive Storey’s point to point yard and raced five times before ‘retiring’. While there she took over the ride on Clive’s three-star horse Caliber finishing 12th in her first three-day at Bramham. She then worked for former Badminton winner Ian Stark grooming for him in Atlanta in 1996. In 1997, she took over the ride on Jenny Leggate’s Cocky-Olly-Bird and competed at her first four-star (Burghley 1999) and the following year had her first ride at Badminton with Dalliance (11th). With Lenamore she was selected for her NZ team debut at the 2006 WEG (Aachen) and the pair was selected for the 2008 Olympic Games. In 2010 she won team bronze at the WEG in Lexington with Mac MacDonald.
Caroline an Accredited BE trainer, trains with Les Smith.
Greenacres Special Cavalier owned by Chris Mann, is a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare. Bred by Michael Callery of Greenacres Stud in Co Meath, she is by the leading sire Cavalier Royale out of a mare by the jumping stallion Touchdown. She was acquired from the breeder and has been produced by Caroline. The pair contested both 6 & & year-old World Championships at Le Lions – 17th in both classes. In 2022 she was 3rd in her first 4*L at Ballindenisk and 5th in her first 5* at Pau.
Greenacres Special Cavalier
16.2hh , bay , mare
Sire Cavalier Royale
Dam Greenacres Touch (Touchdown)
Breeder Michael Callery
Owner(s): Chris Mann