Fascinating facts about the 2024 MARS Badminton Horse Trials field

Wednesday 7th - 11th May 2025

Fascinating facts about the 2024 MARS Badminton Horse Trials field

Lucy Latta’s grandfather William Powell Harris rode at Badminton in 1971 and her cousin Robbie Power won the Grand National; she is a one-horse rider and works full time as a brand manager for canned drinks company White Claw.

Tom Crisp is a retained firefighter and enjoys track days on his motorbike.

David Doel runs the Lacock Dairy ice cream company in partnership with his father.

Joseph Murphy has an identical twin brother and has four other brothers; he is a keen golfer.

Kylie Roddy owns Aqua Equestrian equine therapy centre; she enjoys boxing.

Emma Thomas plays the piano.

Both Grace Taylor’s parents, Nigel and Ann, competed at Badminton and Burghley.

Harry Mutch’s great uncle Eric Thompson was a regular competitor in the 1970s; Harry enjoys riding his motorbike.

Gubby Leech, Tom Jackson and Jesse Campbell are keen golfers.

Emily King completed the 2023 London Marathon with her boyfriend Sam Ecroyd.

Daragh Byrne plays Gaelic football.

Selina Milnes’s brother Greig Elliott is a farrier for Team GB and won the farrier prize at Badminton for shoeing Sammi Birch’s horse Finduss PFB.

Lauren Innes is a full-time chartered accountant with a degree in biological sciences from Oxford and a Masters in Investment Banking.

Gemma Stevens was proposed to during the press conference after winning Bicton 5* in 2021.

Libby Seed is a full time account manager for Boston Scientific.

Alex Bragg is a qualified, but not practising, farrier.

Laura Collett schools racehorses.

Harry Meade has has a degree in history of art. He proposed to Rosie during a Badminton course walk.

Tom Rowland is a self-confessed eventing geek and can list every winner of Badminton.

Wills Oakden is a keen pickleball player. His father James and aunt Frances Hay-Smith have both completed Badminton.

Boyd Martin has started at all seven 5* in the world.

Pippa Funnell first competed here in 1988. She has had published 22 books as part of Pippa’s Pony Tales, plus an autobiography and a training book. She is the only rider to have won the Rolex Grand Slam of Badminton, Burghley and Kentucky in traditional format.

Sam Watson’s father John competed at Badminton in the 1970s; Sam is co-founder of EquiRatings and enjoys breeding and producing racehorses.

Florian Ganneval is a full time farrier.

Tiana Coudray was an international Irish Dancer up until age of 15; she finished eighth in the dancing world championships.

Bubby Upton broke her back in a schooling accident last year and was told she might never walk again.

Alice Casburn enjoys year-round beach swims and scuba diving.

Rosie Bradley-Hole enjoys hunting and National Hunt racing (her brother, Harry Fry, is a trainer) as well as cross country skiing in Norway.

Sarah Ennis is a keen sailor and diver and qualified to Dive Master level.

William Fox-Pitt’s parents Oliver and Marietta competed at Badminton; he first rode here 35 years ago and has 24 completions to date. In 2015 he sustained a serious head injury and spent a week in an induced coma, but recovered in order to be picked for the 2016 Olympic Games. William has won the most 5* events, 14 so far.

Arthur Marx works every morning in a stationary shop and is keen on racing.

This year’s winner takes home £117,600