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’.
16.2hh, bay, gelding
Sire Dancing Boy
Dam Ginger Tiff ()
Breeder Peter Finnegan
Owner(s): Maria Buckley, Tilton on the Hill, Leics.