Former British Junior and Young Rider team member Harry Dzenis (25) completed Badminton last year – his first completion – with Xam. In 2014 Harry, who runs a 10 box competition/livery yard in Billingshurst in West Sussex, completed Burghley with Xam and Dromghurrihy Blue (now with Oliver Townend) .
Harry began eventing aged 13 and for three-years represented the South East region at the Junior Regional Championships at Weston Park – he was their highest placed team member in 2005. He also competed and was placed at the National Pony Club championships. In 2007 aged 16 he won Junior European team gold and in 2009 Young Rider European team gold aged 18. After A levels he was based with trainer Niki Ryan for one year before returning home in 2011 to run his own yard. That year he represented Great Britain for the third time at Blair Castle in the Young Rider European Championships on Rockin’ Robin. In 2013 he was stable jockey to William-Fox-Pitt. Harry trains with Gill Watson and Gemma Tattersall. He also works as part-time waiter in a resturant – The Mulberry – owned by the radio 2 DJ Chris Evans and aside from horses ‘loves eating out and going to the cinema’.
Xam, owned by the Xam Partnership, is a 15-year-old British-bred gelding. Bred by Mrs A Bolitho in Cornwall he is by the leading thoroughbred event sire Java Tiger. Java Tiger is the sire of many event horses including Mistatiger, Catch the Tiger, Feast of Florios and is the dam-sire of Opposition Buzz. Xam’s dam was a driving mare of unknown breeding. Harry got the ride on Xam at the beginning of 2011 from Ken Spencer. The Xam Partnership are a group of family and friends who came together to buy Xam for Harry.
16.2hh, grey, gelding
Sire Java Tiger
Dam Zelah ()
Breeder Mrs A Bolitho
Owner(s): The Xam Partnership, c/o Haselmere, Surrey