Geoff Billington – International Show Jumper
Geoff Billington has been a leading figure on the show jumping circuit for over 30 years. He boasts both European and World Championship team bronze medals and has won numerous grand prix’s.
He represented Great Britain in 1981 at Hamburg CSIO , and has since been a valued member of the Nations Cup teams, appearing no less than 50 times and helping to secure nine victories.
Geoff is most famous for his partnership with the much loved It’s Otto, who received the BSJA Team Lifetime Award in 2001. When It’s Otto arrived at Geoff’s yard as a six-year old Geoff had planned to sell him, but following a chance injury he failed the vetting.
The duo went on to amass over £650,000 winnings, made 15 Nations Cup appearances, were Britain’s highest-placed partnership at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and represented Britain again at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Geoff is not only renowned as a horseman, but is also something of an entertainer, known for doing impressions of his fellow riders.
He was awarded the ‘Horse & Hound Equestrian Personality of the Year’ in 1996, and presented the ‘Simply the Best Tour’ in partnership with John Whitaker.
We look forward to welcoming Geoff to Equus Live 2013.
Katie Jerram – Showing Rider/Producer/Judge
Katie Jerram brings a wealth of showing and judging experience to Equus Live. Katie competed at her first Horse Of The Year Show at the age of 10 and has competed there every year winning everything from hacks to hunters and coloured horses to riding horses.
Katie has ridden and produced horses for HM the Queen and also has Barbour Shop to compete in the retraining of Racehorse classes winning at Hickstead this June.
Along with riding Katie also finds the time to judge all around the world and is also a regular columnist with the Horse and Hound magazine. Amongst her long list of accolades are Supreme Horse at the Royal Show, HOYS, RIHS, and champion hunter at Royal Windsor. For those looking for advice on showing and producing horses to top level Katie will certainly have some tips worth listening to.
Dane is Director of Dressage at Hickstead, coached at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and is a member of the Irish team competing at the up and coming ECCO FEI European Championships 2013 in Herning.
Dane’s father was a boxer, competing and training to international level. Dane grew up around many of the great boxing names, including Freddie Mills and Henry Cooper. His sister wanted to learn to ride so he went with her to Dulwich Riding School in London aged 9. His sister didn’t take to horses but Dane was hooked. If it hadn’t been for Dulwich Riding School Dane would most likely have been a boxer!
Dane switched competing allegiances from Great Britain to Ireland in 2011 and is competes internationally on Lady Harris’s Sydney. Dane founded the British Young Riders Dressage Scheme [BYRDS] and the British Dressage Premier League. He is also a helicopter fanatic and amateur pilot.
Throughout the morning on Saturday 2nd November Gillian Higgins of Horse Inside Out will paint the Musculo-skeletal system on the horse. She will then show case her techniques in a series of Clinics in the Gain-Alltech Arena.
Founded by Sports and Remedial Therapist Gillian Higgins in 2006, “Horses Inside Out” is an educational service delivered in a fascinating and fun way. Its purpose is to show riders, trainers and therapists how, by understanding the anatomy, biomechanics and physiology of the horse, they can improve performance, maintain top physiological condition and manage horses for optimum muscular health and reduce the risk of injury.
Since having been on television and in national newspapers, Higgins has had requests to lecture all over the world. Horses Inside Out has given talks, seminars and conferences as far afield as Brazil, Qatar, South Africa, and North America, as well as in Europe and all over Great Britain.
The main reason d’etre for “Horses Inside Out” is ‘The Horse.’ When riders really understand the anatomy, they can manage their horses more sympathetically and train more effectively and sensitively. “Horses Inside Out” is delighted to support Alltech’s aims of promoting overall digestive health, supporting immune function and optimising performance.
Susan Oakes – Side Saddle Rider
Susan is the current world record holder in side-saddle high jumping, clearing 5ft 8ins on Brandy And Red at Aintree racecourse last July. Susan is a familiar face not only in the show ring but hunting and point to pointing having won a side-saddle point-to-point race, Dianas of the Chase at Melton Mowbray in England, with her thoroughbred gelding O’Muircheartaigh.
Susan will demonstrate this traditional elegant art in various disciplines at Equus Live.
Helen won three medals at the London 2012 Paralympics. Individually a silver and bronze and an Irish team bronze. Helen also won Ireland’s first European Para Equestrian medal winning bronze in the Grade 1a Individual Test in 2011.
Since Helen was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia in 2001, horses have been a huge part of her life. Horse-riding and the physical activity that goes hand in hand with it helps keep her strong both mentally and physically and gives her a reason to fight this debilitating disease.
Any one of us would consider it a lifelong achievement to compete on the world stage. To achieve that and to win three Paralympic medals is astounding. We look forward to welcoming Helen to Equus Live and watching her freestyle dressage display. www.helenkearney.ie