Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 3rd May - Sunday 7th May, 2017 #MMBHT

Beanie Sturgis

Great Britain
  • 77 - Lebowski


British rider Beanie Sturgis (42) nee Hughes, is local to Badminton being based near Malmesbury in Wiltshire. She was born in Scotland, grew up in the Cotswolds and began riding aged three on a two-year-old Welsh Section A. She has been involved in starting young ponies and horses for the last 32-years.

Beanie began competing with the Heythrop Pony Club winning the Pony Club Championships at Weston Park on Jenny Black. The following season she was second in her first three-day event at the JRN Championships at Tweseldown and gained a place as the 1990 Subaru Scholar to train with Mike and Angela Tucker (17-years later she married Mike’s godson Rupert Sturgis).

In 1991 she won the Junior National championships at Windsor and a team gold medal at the Junior European Championships – all with former racehorse Jenny Black.

Beanie then worked at buying, producing and selling and found her next dream horse, Duel, at Malvern Sales. Duel took Beanie to her first Badminton (2006) jumping clear inside the time.

In 2007 Beanie married Beaufort Field-Master Rupert Sturgis – whose parents formerly ran the advanced Dauntsey Horse trials and in October 2008 Rupert and Beanie re-launched the event. Alongside being an event organiser, Beanie is also a Beaufort Field Master, a listed show judge, a course designer (in 2014 she was awarded a BE course designer scholarship) and mother; Rupert and Beanie have two children judge Sid (7) and Ruby (5).

Lebowski, owned by, Mr Simon Graley, Mrs Jill and Dr Peter Lamont and rider, is 16-year-old Australian Thoroughbred, bred to play polo. He was gifted to Beanie by his breeder, Sybil Baillieu when she was working in Australia and she saw him being a cheeky polo pony who no-one could ride, hence his stable name Rotter. He is described as ‘rather complicated but as quiet as a lamb around my children and loves hunting’.



AUS TBx, Australia, 2000
16.0hh, bay, gelding

Sire Dream Time

Dam Lottie ()

Breeder Mrs Sybil Baillieu

Owner(s): Simon Graley, Chippenham, Wilts.
Jill Lamont, Woking, Surrey
& Rider

Notable Results

2015 – Blenheim CCI3* El Lebowski
2015 – Burghley CCI4* Ret Lebowski
2015 – Gatcombe CIC3* Ret Lebowski
2014 – Ballindenisk CCI3* 10th Lebowski
2014 – Barbury Castle 17th Lebowski
2014 – Bramham CCI3* 16th Lebowski
2014 – Chatsworth CIC3* 2nd Lebowski
2013 – Burghley CCI4* 32nd Lebowski
2013 – Gatcombe CIC3* 7th Lebowski
2013 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 15th Lebowski, 38th Wizard from Aus
2012 – Burghley CCI4* Ret Lebowski
2011 – Pau CCI4* 16th Lebowski
2011 – Blair Castle CIC3* 2nd Lebowski
2011 – Bramham CCI3* 14th Lebowski
2009 – Blenheim CCI3* 10th Lebowski
2006 – Blenheim CCI3* 16th Monarch’s Rock


2015 – Badminton CCI4* W/D after XC
2013 – Badminton CCI4* 29th Lebowski
2008 – Badminton 27th Monarch’s Rock
2006 – Badminton 32nd Duel