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
16.3hh, bay, gelding
Sire Krunch de Brere
Dam Toulouse (Niagara)
Breeder J Van de Borg
Owner(s): Vanessa Watson, Bishops Sutton, Bristol.
16.0hh, grey, gelding
Owner(s): Luana Edge, Bradford on Avon, Wilts.