Gemma is a British Olympic Event rider. Having started riding at the age of 18 months, as her mother had a riding school. She proved to be a natural, and by the time she was 8 had won the riding club junior (U17) dressage championship and her first one day event!
Gemma’s talents were spotted by the selectors, and she was chosen to be put on the ‘World Class Development programme‘. This is a lottery funded training scheme aimed at supporting up-and-coming athletes who show potential as future Olympic candidates. Gemma has been supported by The World Class Programme since she was 16.
Highlights of Gemma’s careers:
First selection to represent GB, in the Junior team on Milly Molly Mandy
2005 and 2006
Represented Great Britain at Young Rider Championship, winning team gold at both Championships riding Jesters Quest
Gemma’s first appearance of both Badminton (winning the under 25 prize) and Burghley aboard Jesters Quest
Gemma became U25 National Champion, as well as gaining a place on the World Class Elite squad
- Successes lead to selection as a reserve for the World Equestrian Games with Arctic Soul.
- They were not called upon for the team, so rerouted and finished the season with a fantastic 5th place at Burghley CCI5*
The year also saw Gemma’s first senior appearance for Team GB as an individual, competing at the European Championships at Blair Castle in Scotland and finishing 9th on Arctic Soul.
- 3rd place at Badminton with Arctic Soul
- Winning the Olympic trial at Bramham with Chico Bella P. As a result, Gemma had 3 horses not only qualified but also longlisted
- It was Quicklook V who was finally selected and with whom Gemma represented Great Britain as part of Team GB at the Rio Olympics.
- Winning Chatsworth CIC4* also a leg of the Event Riders Masters series on Quicklook V
- The pair finished 2nd at Bramham in the CCI4*.
- Later in the year Gemma and Artic Soul became British Open Champions at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe.
- Gemma and Spike continued their successful run by coming 3rd at the world famous 5* event, Burghley
- Gemma successfully won the ERM series, due to results on numerous horses, which included: Chico Bella P in Jardy, France coming 4th; Pamero 4 came 7th at Barbury and 4th at Blair Castle; and not forgetting her wins at Chatsworth and Gatcombe.
2018 was another big year for Gemma
- Getting her 4th consecutive senior championship team call up – which was the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Tryon, America. Herself and speedy Spike did themselves and the nation proud by winning team gold.
- Spike was on his best form and came 4th in a very competitive Badminton 5*
- Pau’s 5* Pamero came come 2nd.
2019 had many highlights including
- Gemma received her first Armada Dish for the completion of five Badminton’s. This also came the same week Spike and Gemma completed their 5th consecutive Badminton.
- Bramham was a fantastic week, Quicklook V won the CCI-S4*
- Kizzy (Santiago Bay) had her best year so far, she won two CCI-S 4* back to back in Jardy and Arville
- Then went on and finished 7th at Burghley CCI5* in the autumn.
- Another highlight for the pair was winning the Cazenove Capital Eventing Grand Prix at the Equerry Bolesworth International, bagging £2,000.
- Jalapeno went on to win in the Autumn at lignieres in the ERM finale in CCI-S4*.
The year that never really started.
- Bicton 5* was the highlight of the year and maybe Gemma’s career by winning her first 5*
- Gemma finished the year coming 4th at Le Lion World Young Horse championship on Johan-some