British rider Kirsty Chabert (34) who is based near Salisbury competed here last year but did not complete. The pair went on to be second at Luhmuhlen and later in the year completed Pau 5*. It will be a first 5* for Opposition Loire with who she was 3rd in the 4*L at Bramham. Kirsty made her debut at the event in 2016 completing with Opposition Detective and winning the Laurence Rook trophy.
Kirsty comes from an equestrian family. Her father John Johnston rode at four-star level – he completed Badminton in 1984 – and her mother, the late Debbie Johnston evented and rode international grand prix dressage and her brother Ben represented GB at tetrathlon. The family run the Opposition Stud that was founded by Debbie. They stood Fleetwater Opposition who became one of the sport’s most successful sires – he was the sire of successful British team horse Opposition Buzz. Debbie bred the stallion (Yarlands) Summer Song (by Fleetwater Opposition) who completed Badminton in 1995 with Marie Christine Duroy and has since become a successful sire in France.
In 2010, with Opposition Detective, Kirsty represented GB at the World young horse championships in Le Lions and again in 2013 with Opposition Skylaw. With Opposition Detective she completed Pau on two occasions (2014 & ’16).
Kirsty is married to international French rider Arthur Chabert who completed Burghley in 2019 and the couple has a four-year-old son Henry. Time outside of horses is spent with Henry or down by the sea.
Kirsty trains with Jeremy Scott.
Classic VI (aka Betty) owned by John Johnston and Carole Somers is a13-year-old British-bred AES registered mare. Bred by Peter Charles she is by world leading jumping sire Calvaro and was acquired by Kirsty as a 5-year-old. They completed Pau 5* in 2019.
Opposition Loire (aka Daisy) owned by The Daisy Chain syndicate, is a 12-year-old British-bred Trakhener mare. Homebred by her father John Johnston she is by the homebred competition stallion Opposition Heracles out of a mare by Carnival Drum. Badminton is a first at the level for Daisy.
16.3hh , brown , mare
Sire Opposition Heracles
Dam Brooks Carnival Spiritus (Carnaval Drum)
Breeder John Johnston
The Daisy Chain Syndicate
16.2hh , bay , mare
Sire Calvaro Z
Dam Indian Summer ( )
Breeder Peter Charles