Noble Riders

Our Noble Riders are our ears to the ground - they are the real life testers of our product and they fly the Noble flag at events up and down the UK, France and the Netherlands. With a variety of disciplines and achievements, they each put our product through its paces and help us develop technical equestrian product that looks as good as it performs.

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Simon Grieve
Simon Grieve
Simon Grieve
Eventer

Simon Grieve is an experienced International Event Rider who has competed at CCI4* level. A regular blogger for Horse and Hound magazine, Simon has even turned his hand to commentating for the prestigious Event Rider Masters CIC3* series.

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Career Highlights

  • Completing Burghley Horse Trials six times.
  • Shortlisted for the Young Rider European Championships in 2001
  • 2012 Foundation points champion
  • Contesting the World Championships for young horses in France 2016
  • 70 wins at BE National level to date

 

We caught up with Simon to answer those questions you are all wanting to know:

Best Training Advice-

Every Horse is different, both physically and mentally, so in training it’s important to adapt to these differences plus have a plan and a method that you stick to. Horses thrive on consistency and routine, so I endeavour to keep everything as consistent as possible in my training.

First Horse/Pony-

At the local riding school, the first pony I rode consistently was Tiny Tim. He was a little black Shetland who I learnt a lot from in the realms of being a good sport! My Mum used to take me as a four-year-old to the riding school in my enormous crash hat, tweed jacket and cream jods!

Mentor/Idol Growing up-

Jane Thelwall (now Wallace) was an idol of mine. Our landlord when I was small owned the horse, Kings Jester who she won Burghley and was silver medallist at the European Championships on when we lived there - hugely inspiring for a small boy. I always used to pretend I was Richard Walker or Robert Lemieux though who I thought were very stylish as well as sympathetic riders at the time. My gran was very supportive too and shared my eventing obsession - very sad she never got to watch me at Badminton or Burghley - She would have LOVED it!

Bella Fricker
Bella Fricker
Bella Fricker
Endurance

Bella Fricker is an International Endurance Rider based in North Bucks. Bella has been fortunate enough to compete and train a wide range of horses in several countries and has worked as a professional rider on two endurance yards.

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Career Highlights

  • International Endurance Festival at Euston Park
  • Salcioara Dambovita, RO, CEI1*, 5th place
  • Madine, FRA. CEIYJ2* 120km 2nd Place
  • European Championships for Young and Junior Riders CEI4* 120km
  • Kings Forest, GBR, CEIYJ2* 120km 1st Place
  • 2016 Member of under 21 GBR squad
  • Competed over 30 different horses
  • Competed in eight different countries, including India

 

We caught up with Bella to answer those questions you are all wanting to know:

Best Training Advice-

Make an aim and work backwards from it. Set your ultimate season goal and work out what you need to do to achieve it. Fit in your big training sessions and rides that compliment and contribute to the achievement of that main goal. It’s important to stay flexible but you need to have a point to aim at.

First Horse/Pony-

My first pony was a lead-rein Welsh Sec A – but by that it should be known that lead-rein was all that he did…. try unclipping the lead rope and that pony knew how to buckaroo and bolt!! He did teach me to have quite a good seat though!

Mentor/Idol Growing Up-

My grandmother has been the biggest horse influence in my life. Even now, at seventy, she still rides and competes at low level endurance. In her day, she competed on the GBR development squad and has achieved so many accolades with her horse of a lifetime, Silver Linnet. Granny taught me how to ride, took me on my first endurance rides and to this day crews for me at events. I couldn’t do it without her.

Alex Tordoff
Alex Tordoff
Alex Tordoff
Eventer

Alexander Tordoff is an International Event Rider, who has progressed through the Junior British Eventing ranks. Trained by renowned 4* riders Alex now is the driving force behind Hyde Lodge.

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Career Highlights

  • 2015 – 17 British Eventing Excel Squad
  • 2015 5th Junior European Championships (Best of the Brits)
  • 2015 Reserve British Junior Champion
  • 2013 (Haras De Pin) British Eventing Development Squad

 

We caught up with Alex to answer those questions you are all wanting to know:

Best Training Advice-

A horse can only be as confident as its rider.

First Horse/Pony-

Timmy, a 12.2 grey pony, who was never keen to stay clean. 

Mentor/Idol Growing up-

I was lucky enough to spend time with many top riders, such as fellow Noble Rider Simon Grieve, all of whom were incredibly helpful in showing me the ropes of running a competition yard. 

Craig Barr
Craig Barr
Craig Barr
Eventer

Craig Barr has been a team rider at Dassett Eventing since 2013, producing and competing horses from BE Intro to FEI 3* level. Former head lad and stable jockey to Holland’s Andrew Heffernan, he has a wealth of experience working at the highest level.

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Career Highlights

  • 2011 European Championships in Luhmuhlen Groom
  • 2012 London Olympic Games Groom
  • Blenheim CIC3* 8/9yr Olds on Dassett Cool Touch (Enzo).
  • Aldon CCI1* on Kilmullen Dassett (produced from a 4 year old). (1st)

 

We caught up with Craig to answer those questions you are all wanting to know:

Best Training Advice-

Always look up and forward, and never look down.

First Horse/Pony-

My first pony was an 11.2 Welsh Section A called Donny and he was the greatest 1st pony ever, winning everything at all the local shows.

Mentor/Idol Growing up-

David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo: Sure, there are riders I look up to, but I grew up a massive Manchester United fan and these two guys are the definition of what you can achieve if you work for it. 

Barbara Sayous
Barbara Sayous
Barbara Sayous
Eventing

Barbara Sayous is an Event Rider, who has competed across European Junior levels. After taking part in numerous competitions through the ranks, Barbara now competes at 3*.

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Career Highlights

  • 2016 Arville (BEL) CCI** (7th)
  • 2016 CICO *** Houghton Hall
  • 2016 CSI* of Pau (1st)
  • 2014 Fontainebleau CCI **
  • 2015 Pau CCI **
  • 2014 Pau CCI **
  • 2014 Tartas Pro1 (4th)
  • 2014 Young Riders France championship (5th)
  • 2013 European Junior Championship

 

We caught up with Barbara to answer those questions you are all wanting to know:

Best Training Advice-

To have a great coach who knows your capacity, your ambitions and you and your horse.

First Horse/Pony-

Opposition Filmstar is a British Sport Horse Mare. She’s absolutely fantastic but has a little bit too much energy. She has a big heart and she likes competitions

Mentor/Idol growing up-

My Dad, he taught me everything.

Felicity Collins
Felicity Collins
Felicity Collins
Eventing

Felicity Collins is an up and coming Event Rider from East Sussex. Competing a string of horses up to 3* level, notably represented Great Britain and U21 National champion in 2017.

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Career Highlights

  • 2017 U21 National Champion (1st)
  • Represented Great Britain Junior European Championships (3rd)
  • Great Britain Young Rider European Championships (3rd)

 

Best Training Advice-

Praise your horse when he gives you what you're asking for, even if it is a tiny breakthrough. If they have no reassurance what they are doing is correct, they will get confused quickly and won't understand what you want from them.

First Horse/Pony-

My first pony was a grey 11.2hh Gelding called Polo. I got him when I was 3 and he was the best pony ever!

Greta Mason
Greta Mason
Greta Mason
Eventing

Originally from Australia, Greta moved to England when she was 7 years old. She has a range of horses she is producing through the levels with her top horses currently competing at 2* level moving up to 3* this season.

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Career Highlights

  • 2018 Houghton National CCIYR2* Championships
  • 2017 Houghton National CCIYR2* Championships (14th)
  • 2017 PC A test with Honours
  • 2017 Rockingham OIU21 (1st)
  • 2017 Millstreet CCI* (9th)
  • 2016 PC Intermediate Champs (1st)

 

We caught up with Greta to answer those questions you are all wanting to know:

Best Training Advice

A great exercise that I find helpful when jumping is if you find the horse is running on after a fence or being a bit strong, making the horse stop as soon as you can in a straight line after the fence. This starts to make the horse listen to you and wait after the fence which will become very important when you join fences together or need to ride a course.

First Horse/Pony

My first pony was a 13.2 Connemara called Bambi. He was a saint of a pony and let’s just say, he certainly taught me how to do the ‘Pony Club Kick!’  He was a fantastic confidence giver and although he would practically walk into the fences because he was so lazy and my legs barely went past the saddle, he always looked after me and got the job done.

Mentor/Idol growing up

Michael Jung. I love watching him especially Cross Country as his balance and rhythm is so good. He has a great partnership with his horses which makes his rounds look effortless.

Hannah Berg
Hannah Berg
Hannah Berg
Eventing

Hanna Berg is an Event Rider based in Sweden. Hanna began her career working at a renown Show Jumping stable. Trained by Elma Lesch in Germany, Hanna now competes at European events.

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Career Highlights

  • 2018 Bramham, GBR CIC*** (6th)
  • 2018 Houghton Hall, GBR CICO*** (5th)
  • 2016 Strzegom, POL CCI3* (7th)
  • 2016 Waregem, BEL CICO3*-NC (13th)
  • 2016 Strzegom, POL CICO3*-NC (20th)
  • 2016 Baborowko, POL CIC3* (13th)
  • 2016 Sopot, POL CIC3* (17th)

 

We caught up with Hanna to answer those questions you are all wanting to know:

Best Training Advice-

Train to compete, make the competition as easy as you can. Important to be prepared for the task.

First Horse/Pony-

I grew up with horses and got my first pony before I even could walk. I didn’t compete as a child until I got my pony, Flickan. I then took to eventing right away in 2004.

Mentor/Idol growing up-

I have many idols in Eventing, I like to study other riders. But the one that has meant the most over the years and that gave me that extra bit is my mentor, Linda Algotsson. 

James Sommerville
James Sommerville
James Sommerville
Eventing

James is a professional Event Rider based in North Yorkshire competing a number of horses from four year old young event horses to the highest level at CCI4*.

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Career Highlights

  • 2018 Blair Castle International Horse Trials CC1*** (5th)
  • British Eventing 4 year old championships (1st)
  • Aston-Le-Walls advanced under 25’s (1st)  
  • Bramham CCI*** (7th)
  • 2015 Novice Championship in (1st)  

We caught up with James to answer those questions you are all wanting to know:

Best Training Advice-

My best training advice is to be patient. Repeat exercises to see improvements.

First Horse/ Pony-

My first pony was a 13.2hh grey mare who was very hot and used to canter to fences sideways with excitement. She was a super pony.

Mentor/Idol growing up-

I didn’t really have any idols growing up but as I got older I worked for Oliver Townend, whilst Piggy French was based there too. I do admire the way they both ride and have learnt a lot from both.

Jeanette Chardon
Jeanette Chardon
Jeanette Chardon
Eventing

Jeanette Chardon is a 3* Event Rider based in the Netherlands. She competes at European events alongside being a Level 4 KNHS working at her family yard.

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Career Highlights

  • 2010 European Championships Bad Segeberg (GER)
  • 2012 European Championships Malmo (Sweden)
  • 2012 European Championships Jardy (FR)
  • 2017 Nations Cup shows CICO3*-NC Strzegeom (Pol): 5e place team riding Vienna
  • 2016 Dutch National Championships CCI3* Boekelo: 6e Senioren met Vienna
  • 2013 Dutch National Championships National Champion Young Riders riding Vienna
  • 2017 Dutch National Championships NC Young  Riders  2nd riding Vienna
  • 2017 KNHS-Schaap en Citroen Eventing Cup CCI2*

We caught up with Jeanette to answer those questions you are all wanting to know:

Best Training Advice-

The horse is the rider’s partner, not a piece of sporting equipment!  Treat the horse as you would your best friend.

First Horse/Pony-

My first pony was a dressage pony called Whitley. He was a lovely Welsh Pony and my dream was to become as good as the Olympic dressage champion Anky van Grunsven. Whitley had a heart of gold. We did win a lot and I was so proud on coming fifth at the Dutch National Championships.

Mentor/Idol growing up-

My father IJsbrand Chardon. He has so much love for his horses. His horses have great trust in him and are full of synergy doing everything they can just for him.

Levi Driessen
Levi Driessen
Levi Driessen
Eventing

Levi Driessen is a Event Rider who competes at International Eventing competitions throughout Europe. He trains and competes some show jumping horses at national competitions.

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Career Highlights

  • 2018 6th Place CIC** Oudkarspel
  • 2018 7th Place CCI** Renswoude
  • 2018 Bronze Medal at the Dutch Championships for Young Riders
  • 2017 European Championships Millstreet
  • 2015 3rd Place CCIP** Hunxe
  • 2015 Bronze Medal Dutch Championships Eventing
  • 2015 European Championships Malmo
  • 2014 European Championships Millstreet 8th Place Individual
  • 2012 European Championships Fortainebleu Bronze Team Medal

We caught up with Levi to answer those questions you are all wanting to know:

Best Training Advice-

Keep all your training fun for the horses so they are willing to work for you. Trust them and they will trust you.

First Horse/Pony-

My first pony was a very difficult mare, no one was able to ride her. When I rode her for the first time it immediately clicked. Because she was difficult we could buy her from the owner and I started to do Show Jumping competitions. She was very special and we won a lot together.

Mentor/Idol growing up-

William Fox-Pitt. I love the way how he rides his XC courses and makes it look easy.

Therese Viklund
Therese Viklund
Therese Viklund
Eventing

Therese is a 3* Event Rider based in Sweden, competing in events across Europe. A member of the Swedish National team, Therese trains and competes horses across disciplines.

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Career Highlights

  • 2018 Chatsworth CIC*** (12th)
  • 2018 Chatsworth CIC*** (13th)
  • 2018 Houghton CICO*** (19th)
  • 2018 Arville CIC*** (4th)
  • 2018 Strizegon CIC*** (10th)
  • 2018 Strizegon CIC*** (17th)

We caught up with Therese to answer those questions you are all wanting to know:

Best Training Advice-

In order to achieve your goals, you must dare to train outside your comfort zone. If you never attempt to reach for more than you already have done, you won’t see the progress you want and not reach your goals.

First Horse/Pony-

On my 5th birthday, my grandfather came walking down the road to our house with a beautiful pony by his side. A present from granddad and grandma. The Gotland pony “Jenka” and I were inseparable. 

Mentor/Idol Growing up-

The German eventer and dressage rider Ingrid Klimke has always been somewhat of an idol for a long time. Both for her way of riding with outmost precision in all disciplines and for how she always shows her horses love and respect.

Willa Newton
Willa Newton
Willa Newton
Eventing

Willa Newton has seamlessly progressed from clinching Junior and Young Rider medals to winning regularly on the highly competitive UK Eventing circuit at senior level. 

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Career Highlights

  • 45 Top 10 placings across the board (from 111 runs)
  • 2018 4*personal best when finishing 5th at Lumuhlen with Chance Remark
  • 2017 A best ever CCI placing and podium finish when 3rd at Tattersalls in the 3* in the Spring on Caja 20
  • 2016  Winner of 7 and 8/9year old National Championships at Osberton & Blenheim respectively
  • 2016 Winner of 7 and 8/9 year old National Championships at Osberton & Blenheim respectively
  • 2015 National seven year old champion & 13th at Luhmuhlen four star
  • 2015 Burghley – one of the fastest clear xc rounds
  • 2015 National seven year old champion & 13th at Luhmuhlen four star
  • 2015  Burghley – one of the fastest clear xc rounds
  • 2011 3 consecutive Young Rider Championships. Culminating in both Team Gold and Individual Silver at Blair Castle.
  • 2008 Team Gold (Junior Europeans)

We caught up with Willa to answer those questions you are all wanting to know:

Best Training Advice-

Always try to keep your horse fresh and interested: The key to this is varying your routine.  I like to work the horses out in the field and up and down the hills as well as in the school not only does it does it keep them fresh and happy in their minds but it also good for their strength and conditioning.

First Horse/Pony-

Duncan, the family pony who my sister Chloe had first.  He was the BOMB!  A 14.0 dun Connemara who jumped anything out hunting and gave us both so much fun.

Mentor/Idol growing up-

German Olympic medallist, Dirk Schrade so I was over the moon when I had the opportunity to go and train with him.  He is still very much one of my main mentors.