Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

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

Dani Evans

Great Britain
  • 94 - Raphael II
  • 14 - Smart Time


It will be a second visit to Badminton for British rider Dani Evans (24) who will be one of the youngest riders this year. Last year with Badminton entry Smart Time, Dani was due to make her senior team debut at the European Championships but had to withdraw just a day before the event as the horse was not well. At the end of the season the pair was the recipient of the BE Britannia League – for riders not to have represented Team GB in a major championship – and Dani was third in the League, that is decided at three-star level, with Raphael II.

Dani, who is based near Bristol, has been a member of British Junior and Young Rider teams; in 2009 riding Uchin she was the European Junior silver medallist and in 2011 the pair won team gold. In 2012 with Raphael II she won individual bronze at the European Young Rider Championships in Malmo and in 2013 was runner up in the British U25 Championships at Bramham. That year she won the Under-25 two-star at Tattersalls with Badminton entry Smart Time and last year (2015) the pair was second in the Under-25 Championship at Bramham while she was also third with Raphael.

Dani left school at 16 and for three years worked for her Uncle, agent and producer Tim Warren, at his Bristol yard as part of the Warren Eventing team. At the end of 2011 she moved to the Billy Stud where she spent a year with William and Pippa Funnell.

Dani is a member of the World Class programme and also trains with Nick Burton (dressage). She has been a member of British Nations cup Teams.

Outside of eventing Dani enjoys skiing and breeding tortoise

Raphael II, owned by Vanessa Watson, is a 13-year-old Dutch-bred gelding. He is by the Selle Francais Krunch de Breve out of a mare by Niagra and has been produced by Dani since a four-year-old.

Raphael is kept at Tim Warrens yard – his owner does the fitness work – and Dani rides him five days a week. ‘He is regarded as the family pet’.

Smart Time, owned by Luana Edge, is a 12-year-old grey Irish Sport Horse gelding of unknown breeding. He was originally produced by Polly Wiliamson, then ridden to two-star by Gubby Leech before Dani took the ride at the end of 2012. In 2013 they were individuals at the Young Rider European championships and last year were second in the Under-25 championship at Bramham and selected as members of the British sqaud for the European Championship


Raphael II

KWPN, Netherlands, 2003
16.3hh, bay, gelding

Sire Krunch de Brere

Dam Toulouse (Niagara)

Breeder J Van de Borg

Owner(s): Vanessa Watson, Bishops Sutton, Bristol.

Smart Time

ISH, Ireland, 2004
16.0hh, grey, gelding

Owner(s): Luana Edge, Bradford on Avon, Wilts.

Notable Results

2016 – Fontainebleau CICO3* 44th Raphael II, 54th smart Time
2015 – Boekelo CCIO3* 5th Smart Time
2015 – Blenheim CCI3* 9th Raphael II
2015 – Hartpury CIC3* 9th Rapahel II
2015 – Bramham CCIU253* 2nd Smart Time, 3rd Raphael II
2015 – Chatsworth CIC3* 11th Raphael II, 36th Smart Time
2014 – Bramham CIC3* 6th Smart Time
2013 – Jardy CH-EU-YCCI2* 11th Smart Time
2013 – Bramham CCIU253* 2nd Raphael II
2013 – Tattersalls CCIU252* 1 Smart Time, 4th Kali De L’Aer
2013 – Chatsworth CIC3* 3rd Raphael II
2012 – Malmo CH-EU-Y-C2* 3rd Raphael II
2011 – Blair Castle CH-EU-Y-C2* 32nd Uchin
2011 – Houghton Hall CCI2* 1st Uchin
2010 – Bad Segeberg CH-EU-J-C1* 36th Uchin
2009 – Waregem CH-EU-J-C1* 2nd Uchin
2008 – Thirlstane CH-EU-J-C1* 5th Uchin


2014 – El Raphael II (first time)