British rider Felicity Collins (25) made a successful debut here last year when 21st with RSH Contend Or – her ride this year also. In September the pair contested Burghley 5* but after an early cross country refusal retired and successfully re-routed to Blenheim where they came 4th in the 4*L.
Felicity is based near Hailsham in East Sussex where she runs a busy yard in partnership with her mother. A daughter of former Badminton rider Vicky Collins Felicity learnt to ride at a young age and from early on was keen to follow in her mother’s footsteps.
In 2016 she won a European Junior team bronze medal and in 2017 a team bronze at the Young Rider European Championships in Millstreet. That year she was the Under-21 Champion. In 2019 with Contend Or she won European YR team gold. That year she made her five-star debut at Pau with the homebred Just Amazing a close relation to Vicky’s five-star horse Welton Molecule. (The pair did not complete). She completed her first 5* in 2021 with RSH Contend Or Felicity being placed 10th in the 5* section at Bicton.
Felicity’s mother Vicky Collins previously competed at five-star level – in 1996 she was 16th at Badminton with Welton Molecule (later sold and ridden by Lucy Thompson and then from 1999 – 2005 to Belgian international Carl Bouckaert with who he completed two European Championships).
Felicity is ‘passionate about breeding’ and has developed a small breeding programme and aims to produce future champions of the sport.
Felicity trains with Caroline Moore
RSH Contend Or (aka Mickey) owned by Avrina Milton and Vicky Collins is a 14-year-old Oldenburg. Bred in the Netherlands he is by Nintender out of a mare by Toulon. He was acquired in 2015 from Richmond Sport Horses as a six-year-old. With Felicity he has competed in successful British Junior and Young Rider European teams and in 2022 completed his first Badminton.
RSH Contend OR
16.2hh , bay , gelding
Dam Coulonia (Toulon)
Breeder Paul Schockemohle