The Reybridge Team
David’s eventing career started in the Pony Club ranks, where he was a regular team rider for his Pony Club at Championship level.
As an U18 rider, David won the Gatcombe Pony Trials, and was 1st and 2nd in the FEI Junior 1* events at both Tattersalls and Glanusk, on four different horses.
His obvious talent and dedication to the sport was initially recognised with his selection for the SW Regional Foundation squad in 2010, and confirmed in 2011/12 when he was selected for the World Class Development Programme, which develops exceptional athletes with the potential to move onto the world stage.
In 2011 David won the U18 National Championships, and went one better in 2012 by winning the U21 National Championships and the Redmills OI Under 21 League. He represented Great Britain on two Junior teams, winning team gold and individual bronze in 2011, and went on to join the Young Rider teams three years running resulting in a team silver medal at Jardy, Paris, in September 2013, and a team bronze at Vale Sabroso, Portugal in September 2014. He was also asked to be part of the senior Nations Cup team at Houghton International that year, and the end of the 2014 season saw him win The Goldman Cup, awarded by British Eventing to the top U21 rider at the end of the season, and asked to ride the dressage test at Badminton 2015, as ‘guinea pig’ for the judges.
Since moving up to the ‘senior’ league, David has consistently finished in the top 20 across the board, and is a regular winner at advanced levels. 2018 promises to be a very exciting year with more ERM entries, Nations Cup appearances, international competitions and a group of talented youngsters to bring on.
Maggie Doel BHSI
Maggie evented to Advanced level and was a member of the GB 2* International team. She then changed direction to focus on dressage, in which she competed to Grand Prix level, and now enjoys training event riders to 4* level, and dressage riders to Prix St Georges.
Maggie is a Senior BHS examiner and still takes pleasure in coaching Pony Club teams, which she has done for many years. Maggie’s second love is ski-ing and she makes sure she gets away as much as possible during eventing’s off season.
Granny (Mary Fox, Maggie’s mother) is all things to all people, being the provider of bacon butties and delicious cakes, and endless cups of tea and coffee; she keeps the lorry spic and span on event days, and as you can see, is the keeper of the trophies and rosettes.
Granny has been a staunch supporter of David throughout his career, and is co-owner of Imperial Dancer and of one of her offspring, Reybridge Riverdanz (Jimmy) who made a great start last year, finishing in the top five in every event.
Jade Roberts is our Travelling Head Girl, and worked for Lucinda Fredericks, and Lizzie Brown, before coming to Reybridge. Jade’s attention to detail is fantastic and was rewarded last year when she won the ERM Hi Ho Silver Supergroom award at the first leg at Chatsworth (pictured). With a full season under her breeches Jade is looking forward to more hard work and adventure in 2018, as well as showing and eventing a lovely coloured pony called Carry on Tiffin for Sally Fox on her days off.
Kelly Davis has recently returned to grooming after taking time out to be a mum and is working for us part time. Kelly was very active in the showing world when she was younger but decided she’d rather groom for eventers and perhaps travel. She has worked for Zara Phillips and the Sangster family, has been to all the most advanced events, and was a regular on the Sunshine Tour.
Kieran Higson has joined us straight from his apprenticeship at Wellington Riding School. He hails from Dorset and freely admits he “wants to be another David”. And no better place to start than grooming, schooling, riding, mucking out, etc, alongside him! Kieran will be schooling the youngsters, allowing David more time with the advanced horses, and competing his loan horse, Lowery at pre-Novice. He is pictured above on his way to 5th in the BE90 at Larkhill partnering Maggie and Granny’s Imperial Dancer (Rose).
Molly Davis is our apprentice groom. Molly has two horses, Bruno and Treacle, who she hunts and competes in inter-hunt relays for the Avon Vale Hunt, as well as hunter trials and Working Hunter showing classes . She also events Treacle up to Novice and is working closely with Jade to learn the ropes of a travelling groom, and has already gone solo with David to some smaller local events.