It will be a first Badminton and a first 5* for British rider Helen Martin 46 (nee Cole) who is based near Calne in Wiltshire. With Badminton entry Andreas Helen won the 4*L at Kronenberg last year.
Helen a BHSI and BE accredited trainer has produced and competed horses to advanced level for over 20-years
Helen is married to Philip Martin a farrier and fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers who will be judging the ‘best shod’ horse at Badminton.
Helen trains with Maggie Doel and Anthony Perkins.
Andreas owned by Lorna Soames and rider is a 17-year-old Dutch-bred gelding. He is by Grasler Meister out of Rivette by the showjumper Jimtown, a son of Darco. He was originally started in eventing by Jay Halim with who he won his first two novice classes. After two seasons showjumping with Angie Thompson he was discovered by Helen’s husband in a showjumping yard and came to Helen as an eight-year-old. The pair enjoyed a successful first season at novice together in 2015 and have come through the levels since. Badminton is a first at the level for both horse and rider.
16.2hh , chestnut , gelding
Sire Grasler Meister
Breeder J. Waaijer