Sponsored Riders

We are delighted to have many top riders as great believers and avid followers of Derriere Equestrian Products. Our sponsored riders feature across the board in: Dressage, Eventing, Endurance and Show Jumping.

To receive such an outstanding endorsement from Carl Hester MBE was an amazing moment for Derriere. Carl love’s our products, rides in them every day and wishes we had brought them to him years ago!

We are inundated with riders requesting sponsorship every day as a result we have put in place our “Stars of the future” sponsorship scheme. Our Model of the year competition’s bring many riders, debuting as equestrian models. We have had a great year following our Model Riders and have captured some amazing images too. Once again this year’s Mongol Derby see’s DE sponsor riders from across the globe through the toughest horse race in the world. All previous competitors reporting that they could not have done it without their Derrieres! 

We are delighted to announce this year’s new additions to our Derriere Equestrian Sponsored Riders Team and look forward to working closely with everyone, supporting all of our riders through their training to the competitive arena.

 


Our sponsored riders are:

CARL HESTER GB

Carl lived on the Isle of Sark from the age of four. He learnt to ride at an early age as the island has no cars and relies on horses as a means of getting around.

At 16, Carl moved to the mainland where he was offered a job at the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy in Dorset. Although he started out competing in eventing, he moved to dressage and became Young Rider National Dressage Champion in 1985 and was selected for the Young Rider team in 1988.

Carl was approached to work for renowned dressage trainer Dr Bechtolsheimer in 1989, where he stayed for three years. Carl then set up a yard with Kate Carter, which they ran together for 10 years. In 2004, Carl went solo and runs his own competition yard in Gloucestershire. Carl has achieved great success in dressage and is one of the most successful British riders in the sport’s history.

Major Achievements at a Glance:      Competed in five Olympic Games (Athens, Sydney, Barcelona, London & Rio). Selected for the team for Beijing, however injury to his horse Dolendo prevented him competing.  Winner of Great Britain’s first ever Olympic dressage medal as part of the Gold medal winning team at London Olympics 2012.  Part of the gold medal winning team and winner of 2 individual silver medals at the 2011 European Dressage Championships in Rotterdam.  Part of the silver medal winning dressage team at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, Kentucky.  Part of the silver medal winning team at the 2009 European Dressage Championships, Windsor    Winner of 66 National Championship Titles including the National title on eight  occasions.    The most successful British dressage rider in history.

The recipient of the 2016 Global Dressage Visionary Award.

Received the 2015 British Horse Society Queen's Award for Equestrianism

Was named the 2014 Best Rider of the Year by the French equestrian yearbook L'Annee Hippique

Was named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2013 New Year's Honours list. 

In 2011 Carl was named the British Olympic Association [BOA] Equestrian Athlete of the Year.

CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

2016 NATIONAL DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS Date:  18-09-2016 Class:  FEI GRAND PRIX FREESTYLE Horse:  WANADOO -  NATIONAL CHAMPION

2016 RIO OLYMPICS Date:  12-08-2016 Class:  FEI GRAND PRIX SPECIAL – TEAM Horse:  NIP TUCK – TEAM SILVER

2015 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS Date:  13-08-2015 Class:  FEI GRAND PRIX Horse:  NIP TUCK – TEAM SILVER

2013 European Championships: Team Bronze (Uthopia)

2012 Olympic Games: Team Gold (Uthopia)

2011 European Championships: Team Gold, Individual Silver GPS, Individual Silver GPF (Uthopia)

2010 World Equestrian Games: Team Silver, GPS 14th (Liebling II)

2009 European Championships: Team Silver, GPS 10th, GPF 10th (Liebling II)

2005 European Championships: Team 5th, GPS 5th, GPF 11th (Escapado)

2004 Olympic Games: Team 7th, GPS 9th, GPF 13th (Escapado)

2000 Olympic Games: Team 8th (Argentine Gullit)

1999 European Championships: Team 5th, GPS 15th (Legal Democrat)

1997 European Championships: Team 8th (Legal Democrat)

1992 Olympic Games: Team 7th, GPS 16th (Giorgione)

1991 European Championships: Team 4th (Giorgione)

1990 World Equestrian Games: Team 5th, GPS 18th (Rubelit von Unkenriff)

 

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2017/2018 Team DE Riders

Daisy Berkeley - Event Rider UK Team GB

Our ambassador rider Eventer Daisy Berkeley, is an incredibly experienced eventer, having contested many world class events, and being a former British Open Champion and winner at the prestigious Blenheim horse trials. A British eventing team stalwart, Daisy has medals in all three colours from the European and World Championships, as well as the Olympics.

Derriere Equestrian Sponsored Rider Daisy Berkeley is an event rider and alumni of British teams, including the 2008 Olympics, where the Brits placed third. Daisy’s top results in 2016 included a top fifteen placing in the three star class at Bramham with ‘Strike Smartly’, and a second place at Houghton with ‘Ballinteskin Cooper S’ in the one star CCI. Daisy is an experienced eventer with top rides having included Springbok and Spring Along. She has a promising string of youngsters that she is currently producing.

“Derriere underwear is fabulous; discreet and very comfortable,” Daisy says. “The breeches are extremely smart and very flattering. Excitingly, I have started to get into yoga. When I heard that Mark Todd is quite a follower, and remains supple at his age, I thought I would give it a go! It has made a great difference to my core strength, balance and flexibility. When I combine this with my wonderful Derriere clothing, I hope to have that edge we are all looking for, so roll on next season!”

Daisy says “Derriere underwear is fabulous; discreet and very comfortable,” Daisy says. “The breeches are extremely smart and very flattering. Bear in mind also that a good sports bra is essential, in order to both carry and open the shoulders, and not focus on any discomfort caused by breast movement,” Daisy concludes.

 

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Laura-Eve Thyer (GB) DE Model Dressage Rider UK

Laura’s early competitive career started with Tymo and Holsteins Wellness (Aero) who she competed Nationally and Internationally for Great Britain at Pony FEI level. Having bought Tymo when he was 4 years old in Germany Laura trained him up to PSG. Aero was a stallion Laura found in Germany and imported when he was 5 years old. She competed in young horse classes and trained him up to Advanced Medium with the help of Peter Storr and Matt Frost.

Laura became one of the foundation team riders for Derriere Equestrian, having won the 2014/15 Derriere Equestrian Model of the Year Competition. Laura is devoted to the brand and we thoroughly enjoy working with her.

Laura says of Derriere Equestrian: “I am delighted to be the face of Derriere Equestrian after winning the Model of the Year competition.  Following the competition I have represented Derriere in their fashion shows, video and photoshoots. I could not recommend the products enough and I believe every rider should be wearing them! 

Derriere Equestrian® has brought together innovation, science and style to develop the perfect equestrian riding underwear. The Derriere Equestrian® concept is driven from years of research, experience and exploration of the use of underwear within equestrian disciplines”

 

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Bex Mason - Show Jumper UK

Bex launched Bex Mason Showjumping in 2010 after many years breaking in and competiting at an international level with past Olympians such as Tina and Graham Fletcher (GB), Ludo Philleaperts (BEL), Steve Cohan (NZ) and Viki Roycroft (AUS).

Bex Mason Showjumping produces horses for competition and sales for clients. The ultimate aim is to be able to finance herself for a life with horses.

Bex is no stranger to long days and longer weeks. From the age of 6 Bex has played, lived and breathed horses. Throughout the long UK winters Bex will always be first to the yard at 5am and the last to leave. This commitment to horses and her lifestyle has taken her many places around the world and will continue to do so long into her life.

She recognises that attention to detail will reap rewards in the long run. Bex has embarked on a ‘Rider Performance Programme’ in conjunction with experts at Hartpury College with the sole aim of gaining every possible performance advantage by ensuring she can offer not only technical skill, but peak physical performance when riding all of her horses.

Bex has been fortunate enough to develop relationships with some of the world’s best showjumpers. These mentors have worked with Bex for a number of years and assist her in keeping focused, setting realistic goals and being pro-active in getting to the top of her profession.

Bex says of Derriere Equestrian:

“As I look to the future I am re-structuring my business to allow my ultimate objectives to fall into place. It’s becoming super clear where my focus needs to be. Claire Galer, Managing Director of Derriere Equestrian is a true inspiration as a business owner.  To watch her focus, drive and passion proves that dreams and success can be achieved when there is a belief and targeted action at their seat. I know that Claire developing Derrieres for riders is an outstanding revelation within the whole riding industry.

Every morning my ‘jods’ do not go on without a pair of Derrieres beneath. Without realising, I’ve made this my routine and genuinely panic if I can’t find my Derrieres! I’ve been totally blemish free from the grind of 9 horses daily. Whether I’m a tad hot and bothered or cold and damp, no conditions have caused discomfort while wearing them.

So, a couple of rumours I’m putting to rest ‘does my bum look big in this?’ the padded panty’s and shorty’s really are incredible.  I’ve had people say.. ”You can’t be wearing your Derrieres you don’t have a J-lo bum!” ha, they are so so discreet and totally hidden from view, feels like sitting on a soft cushion with absolutely no bulk. No other product comes close in the comfort stakes. These combined with the Treviso Training Breeches are the perfect combination for the colder days ahead. I’m certainly not worried about winter #doublederriere!

 

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Roberto Scalisi Italy

Roberto is an FEI ranked Italian Event Rider based in Gloucestershire in the UK. Having formerly worked as head Groom at team Bleekman. Having previously worked and trained alongside Clissy Bleekman. Roberto is a talented, sensitive, ambitious event rider. His skill and success with his string of horses he competes, speak volumes for his effectiveness and skill as a rider. 

Roberto joined the Derriere Equestrian Team of model riders in 2016, having entered and gone on to become one of the winning finalists in the Derriere Equestrian Model of the Year Competition 2016.

Roberto is a huge fan of the Derriere Equestrian Brand. 2017 has seen Roberto looking fabulous with fellow Team DE Riders in the Olivia Towers Fashion Look Book Video.

 

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JESSE CAMPBELL NZ

Jesse Campbell is 25 years old and also based in Wiltshire.

He is a New Zealand High Performance Squad Rider and is a Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials first timer this year.

In 2010 Jesse was invited by Andrew Nicholson to ride for him. He stayed there for 18 months before setting up his own yard in 2012.

In 2013 Jesse represented New Zealand with his NZ thoroughbred ‘Kaapachino’ at the Eventing Nations Cup Championship where their top ten result was one of the New Zealand team’s highest scores. Kaapachino placed 4th at Blair castle CCI3Star and has his 4Star debut in 2015 at Badminton.

Jesse has won 17 major New Zealand and International Eventing titles and sport awards.

Jesse has a Badminton blog which is shared across its social media platforms and also online

 www.jessecampbelleventing.com

 Preparations in place for Rio selection for Team New Zealand

 

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ERIN ORFORD TEAM GB PARA-DRESSAGE

Erin is a Grade II Para Rider for Team GB, Erin is a bi lateral amputee who was born without the radius in both arms & is an inspiration with her riding. She trains her own horse Nirvana Morroko & has the ride on Bro-gardens Aragorn. Erin is our young Dressage star for the future, an incredible young lady & we believe one to watch. Congratulations Erin & welcome to Team Derriere.

 

Erin is prepared for Olympics selection for Team GB Para Riders 

Erin Orford is a Grade 3 Para-Dressage rider on the World Class Podium Squad. Erin competes Nationally and Internationally for Great Britain at Senior level and has also competed up to Advanced Medium level abled-bodied. 

Erin’s dream is to represent GB at a Major Championship and bring home a Gold Medal. Having come close to achieving this when Erin was selected as non-travelling reserve for the 2014 World Equestrian Games and Rio 2016 Paralympics, she is working harder than ever to make this dream a reality.

Erin’s Achievements

April 2017 - Deauville 3* Grade 3 Freestyle Champion - Dior 

September 2016 - KBIS Grade 2 National Champion 

September 2016 - Moved up to Team GBR World Class Podium Squad

July 2016 - Selected as non-travelling reserve for Rio Paralympics - Dior

October 2015 - Bury Farm 3* Grade 2 Individual, Freestyle and Team Champions - Dior

September 2015 - KBIS Grade 2 National Champion - Dior 

August 2015 - Bishop Burton 3* Grade 2 Individual and Freestyle Champion - Dior

July 2014 - Selected as Non-travelling reserve for WEG - Candi Ka

April 2013 - Deauville 3* Grade 2 Freestyle Champion - Nirvana Morroko

October 2012 - Awarded the BHS Exceptional Achievement Award, for 'triumph against the odds showing determination, courage & sportsmanship.'

October 2012 - Selected for able bodied Home International and was a member of the winning team & was reserve Elementary Champion - Nirvana Morroko

September 2012 - KBIS Grade 2 & Overall National Champion - Nirvana Morroko

July 2012 - Hartpury 3* International - Individual Grade 2 Champion - Nirvana Morroko.

April 2012 - Moorsele 3* International, Belgium - Grade 2 Individual & Overall Champion & Freestyle Champion - Nirvana Morroko.

 

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KATIE BEDWIN TEAM GB ENDURANCE

Katie is the Leading UK Endurance Young Rider 2015/2016, aiming for WEC 2017. Sponsored by Derrière Equestrian, Surrey Equine Massage, Feedmark, TORQ and Baileys

Katie is a 19 yr old Endurance Rider currently competing at International Level & is part of The Great Britain Young Riders Squad & English Endurance Squad. Katie competes two horses Burfield Red Dragon & Elayla . In 2015 Katie's aims were to complete her first CEI3* & went on to represent GB at The Young Rider World Championships. Katie is our young Endurance star for the future & we believe one to watch. Congratulations Katie from all at Team Derriere Equestrian.

 

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Matthew Burnett (GB) DE Model Dressage Rider & Trainer

Matt Burnett, a professional dressage trainer and Grand Prix rider competing at international level. Mat is a freelance dressage trainer and rider based near Ledbury Herefordshire. He teaches and rides throughout the UK, with clinic’s in Scotland.

Mat has built up a large base of loyal clients who train regularly with him on their own horses. They enjoy his sympathetic and easy-to-digest approach as much as their horses do. He trains people not only in his local area but also Wales and most recently was requested to host clinics in Scotland and South Africa.

Mat also has limited spaces to take horses for training and competing. He has trained with Carl Hester, Peter Storr, Emile Faurie, Rosie Moreton-Deakin and Conrad Schumacher. Competition experience includes BSJA up to 1.30m level, Young Dressage horse competitions, and competing BD up to International small tour level.

Mathew first joined the Derriere Equestrian Riders Model Team in 2015, having been a key rider in the “Charlies Angels Derriere Equestrian Photoshoot” AKA Carlys Angels!

Mathew loves his Derrieres and is often seen at many events, competitions and demonstrations with Team Derriere within the retailer’s village sporting his Derrieres. Mathew is an excellent brand ambassador along with the rest of the team.

 

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Levi Hunt (GB) DE Model Dressage Rider & Trainer

Levi Hunt based at Abbey Dressage, Cheltenham. Dressage, Showjumping, Full Livery, Re-Schooling and coaching individuals and Riding Clubs at home and away!

Levi joined Team Derriere Equestrian in 2015 for the Derriere Equestrian “Charlies Angels” campaign. Then later featuring in the July 2015 day at the races promotional fashion video and has been a key member of our model rider team. 

Levi is an exceptional rider and an all-round genuine, charming character. His sensitivity and professional accuracy with his horses, has seen his partnership with Glenys Hemmings Abbey Tiron come together in beautiful harmony. After successes through the early part of the season and an outstanding performance at Bolesworth, Levi has been selected to ride for Great Britain at the Hartpury CDI in July 2017. We are over the moon to see Levi grow from strength to strength and to achieve such well-deserved successes.

 

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Olivia Towers Dressage Rider - UK

Before Olivia could even walk she was riding, but she would say her passion for Dressage started around the age of 13.   From a very young age Olivia knew what she wanted to do with her life and even though the path hasn’t always been a straight forward one, that vision has never changed.

Aged 16,  she left school to work on a professional yard.   The knowledge and experience  gained there was priceless, spurring Olivia on to learn more and more.   She was privileged to represent Team GB in Juniors and Young Riders, an experience she will never forget.

With the support of her incredible parents, Olivia started working on her own yard based in Ledbury around the age of 18. She was lucky enough to train with Charlotte Dujardin for almost 3 years before meeting her current trainer David Pincus.   David has had, and continues to have, a huge impact on Olivia’s knowledge and understanding of training horses.

Teaching has always been a big part of Olivia’s job, but she have decided to push it the extra bit more.   Now striving to help people see their full potential, really focusing in on a positive mindset. 

Olivia joined the DE Riders Model Team in 2016, having become a finalists and one of the 3 winners of the Derriere Model of the Year Competition, Olivia is a firm follower of the Derriere Equestrian Brand. In early 2017 Olivia put a great amount of effort into creating a fantastic “Loo Book Video” for Derriere Equestrian, Paragon Equestrian and Olivia’s own brand #YouGotThis

 

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Lyndsey Graham Event Rider Ireland

Lindsay Graham is an Irish event rider who has competed up to three star level, show-jumped to 1.35m, and is a renowned producer and coach, teaching riding club and pony club teams for eventing, dressage and show jumping. Over the past two years, she’s had first placings at Annaharvey Horse Trials with Shanbeg Pandora in the 90cm, as well as at Lisgarvan House’s prestigious HSI Mares five and six year old Championship with one of her top rides, Graf Maypole. Lindsay has also had several recent top ten placings at one star level with both Graf Maypole and Clooncalagy Knight. Lindsay was the well-deserved Derriere Equestrian ‘Face of Ireland’ Derriere of the Year (DOTY) Winner for 2016 /17.

Lindsay says Derrieres have changed her riding “Heaven to ride in. Achieving a healthy, mobile back to optimise your riding position is all well and good - but what if you are riding your horse or pony ‘defensively’, in order to avoid personal discomfort in your nether regions?! Discomfort can be caused by a hollowing of the back, or a general immobility in the lower back, which causes a forward-tipping motion, and sometimes by wearing underwear beneath your breeches that has stitched seams. “It is important to be able to mobilise your pelvic area, to really use your seat effectively. Consider padded underwear like items from the Derriere range; remember, when the rider is comfortable in the saddle, there is less likelihood of compensatory misalignment of the spine and pelvis. I spend hours on end riding horses, so to be comfortable in my riding attire is so important to me,” Lindsay continues. “For example, the Derriere breeches have great stretch and comfort, while the Derriere padded panty is just heaven to ride in!”

 

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Hanna Murray Para Dressage Sweden

Hanna Murray has joined team Derriere Equestrian for the 2017/18 season and we are delighted to have Hanna on board. Hanna was classified for Paradressage in march 2015, before that competing in “normal” classes. Rode in the Swedish Championship 2016, finished fourth in then grade II.

Hanna  is a 26 years old who has been riding since she was 5 years old. Hanna suffers from a neurological illness, the nerves do not send the signals as they should. This gives Hanna weak lower legs and lower arms. Hanna is competing as much as she can, although there are not a lot of Paradressage classes in her region in Sweden. She competes in all other dressage competitions instead.

Hanna;s horse: El Mazarron is a star! 15 years old and the kindest you could ask for! He has been with Hanna for three years and they are getting better and better together! Hanna’s goal this season is to finish higher in the Swedish championship than last year!! Now in the new grade III

 

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Laura Luyton Dressage Rider Belgium

The 2017/18 season sees Laura Luyton Belgium International Dressage Rider join Team Derriere Equestrian. Laura has a wealth of experience and is an inspirational rider. Running professional Dressage Business “J2L Dressage Horses” is a professional studfarm and training stable for talented dressage horses and ponies. Located in Hoogstraten (Belgium), between Antwerp and Breda, very close to The Netherlands.

Laura aims to breed quality young dressage horses, break them in, educate them professionally and compete with them. All this with an eye for quality, uniqueness of the horse … J2L Dressage aim to create a perfect combination between horse and rider.

Results:

2014 Participant European Championship Ponies Millstreet

2015 Participant European Championship Juniors Vidauban

2015 Winner CDIO Juniors Saumur

2015 Silver Medal Belgian Championship 2015 – 2016 : Part of Belgian Talent Team (regularly training @ Anky Van Grunsven)

2016 : Part of Belgium A Squad preparing for European Championships in Vidauban

2016 Ranked first in Belgian Talent Plan (dressage riders aged 14 to 18) 

2016 Winner CDN Diepenbeek and Massenhoven 

2016 Winner of the Cup of Belgium

http://equnews.be/dressuur/favorieten-winnen-de-beker-van-belgie/

2016 Winner of 5yo competition at CDN Diepenbeek 

 

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Antoine Nowakowski Dressage Rider Belgium

The 2017/18 season sees Antoine join Team Derriere Equestrian Sponsored Riders. Antoine Nowakowski is a 25 years old French dressage rider. He has competed in many international competitions in Small Tour including Saumur, Pompadour, Deauville. Antoine is now starting to compete in Medium Tour. With his goal is to compete up to the Grand Prix with his current mare Vidermie. Antonie’s trainer is Bertrand Liegard, French dressage rider who recently won a Grand Prix Special at the CDI5* in Majorca. Having many horses in training livery and Antoine has already found sponsors who are willing to invest in young horses. They will take the lead for the Grand Prix Level after his mare’s retirement. Antoine is also an active dressage trainer and rider in Belgium.

Antoine’s 2016 year has been a big change for his future career. Besides his studies’ achievement in business management, Antoine has opened and developed with his fiancée a professional dressage stables near Brussels. The main objectives are to train young horses up to the Grand Prix level, compete with them and organise dressage clinics at the stables. I am currently sponsorded by Equ’Ideal  RuiterSport, Derriere Equestrian and I have a partnership with Childeric Sellier and Cavallo for boots.

Antoine’s initial Derriere experience: “I had the chance, through Equ’Ideal RuiterSport, to meet Marilyn Meulder. She talked about the strengths of Derriere Equestrian products. I decided to try an underwear and was immediately convinced, they are truly fantastic and a great support to the rider”

2016-2017 : coaching with Bertrand Liegard in Belgium

2015-2016 : training at Françoise Hologne-Joux stables in Belgium

2012-2015 : training at Inge Coenen’s stables in Holland

2010-2012 : training at Ludovic Henry’s stables in Belgium

2009-2010 : training at Bruno Lostria’s stable in France

Currently : managing my own dressage stables

self-employed as rider and trainer

September 2015 : selected for the 3 stars international competition in Saumur

June 2015 : selected for the 3 stars international competition in Pompadour

October 2014 : selected for the light tour’s French championships in Le Mans

July 2014 : selected for the 3 stars international competition in Deauville

May 2014 : selected for the 3 stars international competition in Saumur

May 2013 : selected for the 3 stars International competition in Saumur

October 2012 : selected for the Young Rider’s French championships in Compiègne

 

Latest Results

National competitions:

June 2016 : Inter II : 64,5%

March 2016 : Inter II : 62,1%

 

International competitions :

September 2015 : 3*** Saumur

St. Georges : 66,078%

Inter I : 61,631%

 

June 2015 : 3*** Pompadour

St. Georges : 65,841%

Inter I : 65,236%

/Kur : 67,250%

 

July 2014 : 3*** Deauville

St. Georges : 64,237%

Inter I : 64,500%

Kur : 65,575%

 

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Avril Clinton-Forde Dressage Rider Ireland

2017/18 sees Avril join Team Derriere Equestrian Sponsored Riders. Avril is an amateur dressage rider that is well known and liked in Dressage Ireland. Avril is very active within Dressage Ireland and known for a little fun and humour. Currently training with Rodrigo Matos and Ferdie Eilberg – Avril also train with Olympic Rider Judy Reynolds when she is available and Sandra Blake-Farrell. Avril is a mum and now that her child is 2 and a half she is able to get back to taking Dressage more seriously. Avril is currently at Medium level but plans to move to Advanced Medium soon. Her horse is Grand Duchess and her name could not be more fitting, she is a 16 year old Irish Sport horse with a fantastic character and tonnes of talent for dressage. Avril is based in the very beautiful Dollanstown Stud, Kildare where there are several other amateur dressage riders and some professional eventers. Dollanstown is owned by event rider Caroline Bjoerk (neé Sharp) she produces event horses and does thoroughbred sales preparation. 

Avril’s introduction to Derriere Equestrian: 

“As you know from the blog post that I did for Collette, I love Derriere Equestrian Underwear as they really have taken the pain out of riding for me. I am a mother and once you’ve had one kid you begin to feel the need for a little more protection down there. It was Collette Ward that informed me about your products and asked me to write the blog post for her. I also really believe in the product and think that rider discomfort is not really addressed enough in this area… saddle related discomfort is what put my husband off riding horses more”

 

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Andrew Stennett - British Equestrian Federation Elite Recreational Coach UK

Andrew is a British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Elite Recreational Coach who has just started competing again after a break of over 20 whilst his kids had all the fun! This is now his time to have super horses to ride and also the opportunity to ride across India as part of The British Horse Society Challenge Ride. Derriere Equestrian are delighted to be supporting Andrew in his BHS Ride India Challenge with #Derrieres behind him all the way.

Derrieres enabled Andrew to get back riding in comfort. Andrew says “Although they can't take me  back 20 years they are helping me compete at the same level as in youth making me realise that regular pants are a think of the past for my time in the saddle!

Andrew Stennett 

BHS SM Cert Ed FE, 

Postgraduate diploma in Professional Practice in Sports Coaching.

 

2014/2015/2016

Carrie Childs Eventer BHT Grassroots 2016

CORAL KEEN GB

Coral Keen is a 27 year old event rider based near Devises in Wiltshire who has a passion for horses and sport. Her defini-tion of success is to know that she has done the very best for the horses she rides in eventing at whatever level they are and for the long term.

Coral’s family is entrenched in horses, and it was her grandmother who first put her on a pony before she could walk. Her great aunt is Marion Mould who famously rode the pony Stroller to so many showjumping victories. Coral began affiliated eventing aged 15 and when she was 17 decided to make eventing her career, giving up her training to be-come a nurse. Since then she has notched up consistently good results. Her team of horses include Wellshead Fare Opposition (Derby) who is on the Equine Pathway, Total Belief (April), Cascadelle (Lola), Highmead Proposition (Jake), Aph-rodisiac (Pluto) and a handful of very excit-ing homebred youngsters.

She writes about her life as a professional event rider every fortnight for Horse and Hound Online.

 

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MONGOL DERBY RIDERS

Known as ‘The longest and toughest horse race on the planet’ and featured in The Telegraph, Cosmopolitan, The Daily Mail and National Geographic, the Mongol Derby is a gruelling trek covering 620 miles through Mongolia, following the historical route of Genghis Khan. Only approximately 40 people take part in the race each year, and they are often hours away from the nearest medical help. The riders sleep under the stars and are limited by what they may carry.

The horses are semi-wild Mongolian horses. Horse welfare is, of course, paramount and the riders change to fresh horses every 25km.

Derriere Equestrian is proud to be sponsoring several British riders of the Mongol Derby.

These include:

 

DANIEL AND SARAH

Sarah has riding in her blood, and has worked in the equestrian decade. Daniel may not have riding in his blood, but he certainly has adven-ture, being part of the first team to climb a pre-viously unclimbed mountain deep in the Vene-zuelan jungle. Daniel and Sarah are raising money for Cool Earth and Azafady, charities that share a common goal of protecting endan-gered environments through sustainable in-come streams.

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THE STEPPE SISTERS

Sophie is a 30-something Anglo-Belgian veter-inary surgeon specialising in horses, and Sian is a 30-something English paramedic who now works in Hospital Emergency Planning. Both have previously worked as crew members in the Mongol Derby so are fully aware of the implications of the race, and are self-proclaimed ‘bonkers’. They are fundraising for Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontieres, a French charity helping livestock farmers inter-nationally group together to combat animal diseases, and for Frenchay After Burns Chil-dren’s Club, an independent charity supporting the rehabilitation of young burns survivors across the South West of England.

Derriere Equestrian Steppe Sisters

CATHRINE FODSTAD - FIRST NORWEGIAN PARTICIPANT IN THE MONGOL DERBY

“I started taking lessons in dressage and showjumping at the age of nine and learned to ride Icelandic horses when studying to be horsetamer, riding instruc-tor and farrier at Holar University in Ice-land. With my husband I now run an Ice-landic horse farm in Norway. Mostly work-ing with young horses, competing has not been a priority for me… until I signed up for the Mongol Derby.

That's when the search for the very best riding underwear started. I found Derriere through recommendation from other Mongol Derby riders. I have now tested the underwear on a 4 day trail ride. I am very pleased with the padded pants, they make a big difference when spending long days in the saddle. I am so happy I found Derri-ere and I am definitely going to wear the padded pants during the forthcoming Mongol Derby."

 

Derriere Equestrian Catherine Fodstad

OLIVER MAYS

Oliver is a 19 yr. old Event Rider from Norfolk, based in Leicestershire under the watchful eye of International Event Rider Laurence Hunt. Oliver has 2 horses currently competing successfully at International Level & is our young event star for the future & we believe one to watch. Congratulations Oliver & welcome to Team Derriere.

Derriere Equestrian Oliver MaysDerriere Equestrian Oliver Mays

All of our sponsored riders are supported with the full Derriere Equestrian Product Range. They receive marketing support, social media and images throughout the year from our team. The way sponsorship has developed over the years has ensured it is very much a two way partnership and we are delighted to work with such a great collection of riders that work closely with Team Derriere to Blog, feedback and promote our products. Many get involved in product photo and video shoots and the entire team are a great support to one another.

Further Sponsorship is offered through our International Trade Clients to their Sponsored Riders in: The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, United States and Ireland. 2016 Model of the Year #DOTY Competition and 2016 Photographer of the Year #PHOTY Competition

After the huge success of last year’s event and the subsequent successes for Laura-Eve Thyer 2015 Derriere Model of the Year, we are so pleased to be running this exciting competition for 2016 and to have extended this to the Photographer of the Year entries and participation, providing expanding opportunities to all photographers and models involved.