Last year with Badminton entry Briarlands Matilda, British rider Izzy Taylor (32) was an individual member of the squad that contested the European Championships at Blair Castle, finishing in 6th place.
Izzy who is based near Banbury in Oxfordshire is one of the UK’s busiest riders; at the end of last year she was 9th in the BE rider ranking. In 2014 she was the only rider to complete Badminton on two horses, KBIS Briarlands Matilda 17th & Thistledown Popski 18th.
In 2013 with KBIS Briarlands Matilda, she was a member of the British squad for the European Championships in Malmo – Izzy’s first senior appearance for GB. She is also a member of the British Squad for the Nations Cup Series. Izzy took the ride on Matilda in 2008 when her former rider Tristram Owers broke his leg. In 2011 with Matilda, Izzy made her Badminton debut and in 2012 was seventh in their first appearance at Burghley – Izzy received the prize for the highest placed ‘Burghley first-timer’ while Matilda won the prize for the highest placed British-bred mare. KBIS Briarlands Matilda is currently the highest ranked competing mare with BE – she has over 1200 points – and the second highest ever (to Headley Britannia).
Izzy comes from an equestrian family and started riding early. Her Grandmother Jane Whiteley was second at Badminton, her great aunt Anneli Drummond Hay won both Badminton and Burghley and her mother represented GB at Junior and Young Rider levels. Although offered a place at University to study Sports Science, Izzy decided on horses and eventing. She first worked for Hartpury College and breeders Sam and Linda Barr and then spent time in Holland to train with her aunt, Anneli Drummond Hay, where she had the opportunity to work for Swiss Olympic show jumper Markus Fuchs. She recovered from serious injury from a fall in 2003 to win team silver and individual bronze in the 2004 European Young Rider Championships. She was then based for two years at the Opposition Stud during which time she was second at Windsor International and third at the Young Rider Championships. In 2006 Izzy set up her own yard.
Izzy is mother to two children Lily (7) and Freddie (5) and enjoys hunting with the Bicester and Waddon Chase
KBIS Briarlands Matilda owned by Mr Guy Avis is 16-year-old British-bred mare and is one of the smaller horses in the field (15.3). She is by the part-bred skewbald stallion Miley out of Briarlands Appleby who was a full sister to the former Badminton horse Briarlands Pippin (ridden by Susanna McCaire). Appleby is by the thoroughbred Good Apple sire of Badminton winner The Irishman and Pomeroy also ridden by Rodney Powell.
Orlando, owned by Mrs Irene Graham, Mrs Di Davies and Mrs Anita Dalton is a 15-year-old Dutch bred gelding. He is jumping bred , by the jumping sire Corland out of a mare by Lancelot (sire of Geoff Billington’s internatonal ride Rosinus). He was acquired from Georgie Dalton in 2013 competing at three-star. Not only is Orlando one of the smallest horses in the field – he is 15.2hh – he also only has one eye
Allercombe Ellie, owned by her breeder Susie Holroyd and Frances Carter is a 13-year-old British-bred mare. She is by the leading event sire Jumbo (sire of Badminton entries Mr Chunky and Avebury) out of My Last Edition by the thoroughbred Poetic Justice. She is one of several foals for My Last Edition who was out of the Grade A Jumper Late Night Extra (by News Item XX) a daughter of Little Mermaid (by Water Serpent XX) who was third at Little Badminton in 1965 with Rosemary Kopanski. Izzy Taylor took over the ride on Ellie (formerly ridden by Aaron Miller) at the beginning of 2014 and a few monthst later won the CCI3* at Tattersalls. Badminton will be a first four-star for the mare.
15.3hh, bay, mare
Dam MY Last Edition (Poetic Justice)
Breeder Susie Holroyd
Francis Carter, Otterton, Devon
Susie Holroyd, Exeter, Devon
KBIS Briarlands Matilda
15.3hh, Bay, mare
Dam Briarlands Appleby (Good Apple)
Owner(s): Guy Avis, Chadlington, Oxon.
15.2hh, chestnut, gelding
Dam Panieta (Lancelot)
Irene Graham, Bishop Stortford, Herts.
Anita Dalton, Gaddesden, Herts.
Di Davies, Hemel Hempstead, Herts.