Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

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

Simon Grieve

Great Britain
  • 23 - Cornacrew


It will be a first Badminton for Leicestershire-based British rider Simon Grieve (34) and his entry Cornacrew – the pair has completed Burghley for the last four consecutive years.

Simon, who is based near Tilton on the Hill, was just five when he joined the Pony Club and in 1998 he competed at the Pony Club Championships at Sansaw. Aged 18 Simon left school and spent a year working in Debbie and Patrick Edmundson’s competition and dealing yard in Suffolk, riding and competing all types and sizes of horses. During this time he also competed the advanced event mare Ashdale Cover Girl with whom he was short-listed for the Young Rider European Championships, after good performances at the Windsor and Bramham three-day events in 2001.
Simon then moved to Leicestershire for a stint as a stable jockey for an Irish showjumper followed by two years as second rider to Sarah Cohen on the Preci-Spark Ltd event horses.
In 2006 Simon set up on his own as a freelance rider. His big breakthrough came when he linked up with BE trainer Caroline Moore who worked with Simon on his three-phase riding and pointed some owners in his direction. In September 2012 he completed his first four-star with Cornacrew.

In May 2013 Simon was side-lined from the sport for three months after suffering from Paget-Schroetter disease, a rare form of Deep Vein Thrombosis. He recovered just in time to compete at Burghley.

Simon trains with Harry Payne and out of season is a keen skier

Cornacrew (stablename Boris) owned by Mrs Maria Buckley, is a 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse. He is by the Irish Draught stallion Dancing Boy, a son of the legendary Clover Hill and was bought out of Cavan sales as a four-year-old. He has completed Burghley on four occasions and Pau once. Maria refers to Boris as ‘her Irish cob who has done so much more’ than she ever expected. Simon describes him as his ‘horse of a lifetime’.



ISH, Ireland, 1999
16.2hh, bay, gelding

Sire Dancing Boy

Dam Ginger Tiff ()

Breeder Peter Finnegan

Owner(s): Maria Buckley, Tilton on the Hill, Leics.

Notable Results

2015 – Pau ret Cornacrew
2015 – Burghley CCI4* 41st Cornacrew
2014 – Burghley CCI4* 30th Cornacrew
2014 – Bramham CIC3* 31st Cornacrew
2014 – Houghton Hall CIC3* 39th Cornacrew
2014 – Burnham Market CIC3* 11th Cornacrew
2013 – Pau CCI4* Ret Conacrew
2013 – Burghley CCI4* 41st Cornacrew
2013 – Chatsworth CCI3* 25th Cornacew
2013 – Burnham Market CIC3* 37th Cornacrew
2012 – Pau CCI4* 25th Cornacrew
2012 – Burghley CCI4* 51 Cornacrew
2011 – Pau CCI4* 38th Cornacrew
2011 – Blenheim CCIO3* 30th Cornacrew
2011 – Saumur CCI3* 35th Cornacrew
2010 – Blenheim CCI3* 60th Cornacrew