Our Sponsored Riders:
We are very proud to confirm our sponsored riders:
Lottie-Elizabeth Photography sponsors five riders from different disciplines, including Honor McFarlane, Lily Laughton, Nick Edwards, Emilie Lyons and Rhianna Blair.
About Honor McFarlane:
Honor is an event rider based in Oxfordshire, having grown up around horses Honor has been able to create a wonderful relationship with her main boy Ziggy, a gorgeous skewbald 15hh 9yr old Irish Sports Horse. When Honor first bought Ziggy he was 6 years old and struggled to get him to jump a cross pole straight, but with a lot of time, determination and persistence this partnership have been together for the last 4 years.
Honor fell in love with everything eventing and has been incredibly successful over the last few years. Starting off at low level pony club events and hunter trials, Honor and Ziggy went on to win at Broadway HT BE100 on a 19 double clear, a win at NSEA Dressage with an incredible 79%, Honor and Ziggy were then selected for South West & Central Team to compete at BE100 U18 Champs at Frickley Park which resulted in a team win, Honor was awarded a place on Hartpury Colleges Award in Sporting Excellence course in conjunction with British Eventing & British Dressage, and to top off 2017 they both qualified for Badminton Grass Roots 2018.
We couldn't be prouder of how hard Honor has worked with Ziggy, they are a pleasure to watch and we wish them all the best of luck for the future!
About Lily Laughton
Our youngest rider Lily Laughton is a talented Dressage rider from North Wiltshire. Lily started riding at the tender age of just three years old, with a keen focus on Showjumping Lily decided to compete regularly until age eight. With an open mind, Lily watched her mother ride and with every movement of a Dressage test, Lily fell in love with the discipline and knew from then on that Dressage would be the discipline for her. At age nine Lily found her very first Dressage pony who took her up the levels and gave her the title of BYRDS County Challenge Winner and at age ten Lily went on to receive a 6th placing at Regionals. During Lily's career many trips throughout Europe were taken in order to find the perfect pony for Lily to truly reach her capability and ambition, Lily was thrilled to bring home her gorgeous 6 year old 14.2 chestnut gelding by FS Chambertin, Magic Cadillac, this partnership have done incredibly well since forming including; Wild card to the Novice Silver Le Mieux National Championships 2017, 3rd Novice Silver at Bury Farm Regionals 2017, Reserve Champion 6 Year Old Young Pony Championships 2017, Winning the 6 year old Young Pony class at Wellington Premier League 2017, and Winner at the Novice Championship for the Dressage Under 21’s Championships at Bury Farm 2017.
About Emilie Lyons
Emilie is based in Berkshire with her trainer Nat Hudson. Emilie was introduced to horse riding at a young age as she was very shy and suffered from anxiety related alopecia. Learning to ride at a young age in the local riding schools led to lots of opportunities to ride difficult ponies. This lead to Emilie’s parents buying her first horse Sambuka through the local riding school for her 12th birthday. Emilie competed Sambuka at local Riding Club and Pony Club events as well as team chasing. Sambuka is now 21 years old and living a quieter life after coming 2nd at her last competitive one day event for the London and South East championship through the Riding Clubs. Emilie then looked for her next horse and found Coco from Shane Walsh in September 2016. Coco is a 15.2hh Irish Sports Horse, being a typical opinionated mare with lots of character. Emilie has been working on improving Coco’s schooling before heading out this year to event at 90 with the aim of progressing up to 100 and finishing the 2018 eventing season at Goring.
Photographs Credit to Wayne Jones Photography
About Rhianna Blair
Rhianna runs a livery yard in Surrey where she regularly takes part in breaking/schooling young horses, the yard also offers competition livery. Rhianna has been riding since a very young age, started off doing Showjumping and Dressage, and then became interested in eventing and showing. Rhianna has some very talented horses, despite not necessarily being the easiest of rides, the youngsters are moving up the grades nicely and the older ones always make her smile.
This year already the horses have had brilliant results, they are looking, feeling and going great! Roll on the rest of season!
About Nick Edwards
Having been lucky enough to sit on ponies and ride since Nick was a tiny tot, he grew up on their family run livery yard based between Guildford and Leatherhead in Surrey, which is run by his Mother Claire (Who is also Nick's coach!) with support from his father Mark too. Nick enjoyed competing in BS ponies and now Nick is thriving in the senior ranks producing his own and also clients horses. Nick has been fortunate enough to jump at many major championships, at HOYS, Blue Chip, SCOPE, British Masters and more.
Nick won the 2016 Winter Amateur Championship, where they jumped 1.70m to win The 2016 Wales & West Two Fence Challenge and in 2017 reached his highest total Double Clear tally of 190! Since the start of 2015 Nick and his team have jumped over 440 with over 100 wins too. They have a fantastic team of young horses for 2018 and are very much looking forward to the season ahead.
About Beth Mantel
Beth is very lucky to have been brought up with horses throughout her life with an extremely horsey family! Beths first memory was being put on a horse before she could actually walk and being such a little person this was quite scary, she wasn’t the biggest fan to start with. Beth used to get off and exit the arena during Lead Rein Classes and leave the horse in the arena with her mum! Beth would struggle now see her life without horses in it. Beth has had some super ponies that have taught her how to ride as well as fall off!
Beth now has a lovely Irish Sports horse (Caoimhes Delight - Dora) who she has had since a 3 year old. She is now 14 and they have achieved so much together, including their first Horse of the Year Show Championship title in the Bronze Championship back in 2015, Beth's first international Showjumping wins, British Dressage wins and also British Eventing placings! This is such a special horse who owe's Beth nothing.
Beth also has a fantastic little welsh D with a huge character (Rainhill King Arthur - Artie). Beth took him on from a stud who bred him but due to him being rather difficult to handle they knew he was never going to be easy to sell so trusted her to take him over for them in her name. Beth started doing some dressage with him and he has been fairly unbeatable with wins with scores always in the high 60s/70s - including the Wellington Unaffiliated Championship before falling really ill in April where he luckily he pulled through! After numerous different treatments and a lot of vet bills he seems to be heading in the right direction and hopefully heading back to full fitness!
Beth also has a 19year old Mare (Truly Scrumptious III- Grace) who took her round 1m25s and 3rd at the British Masters 1m20 amateur Championship and 4th in the same class at Horse of the Year Show and her stunning foal (Keeping Faith) who is by NPS Supernova. Beth also have one very cool Cardigan Corgi - Monty who competes UKA agility and is the best side kick and mascot at all the shows!