Guy Williams, British showjumper

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Guy was born on 11 July 1971 and now lives in Kent.

He began riding at a very young age with support from his parents, and was successful on ponies before graduating to young rider classes, where he represented Britain at the European championships.

Having spent a year in America riding for Margie Goldstein as a young professional, Guy returned home and set up his own yard near Canterbury, where he now lives with his partner Rebecca and their two children Maisie and George.

Guy first made his mark at the highest level when he won the grand prix and leading showjumper of the year title at HOYS in 2003 riding Loro Piana Hamlet, a horse sold to him by his mentor Peter Charles.

Since then he has demonstrated his considerable talent in competitions around the world, including a number of nations cup appearances.

Having finished in the top five in the Hickstead Derby on Skip Two Ramiro (pictured) four years in succession, Guy was determined to claim the title in 2010.

Having built a Devils Dyke at home to practise over, the partnership produced two outstanding clear rounds to beat Tim Fletcher in the two-horse jump off.

Skip Two Ramiro is probably Guy’s best known equine partner and has a massive fan base of his own.

Guy is well known as being a great rider against the clock and has won the Hickstead Speed Derby three times on Be Precise and finished second three times on Harlem.

He has also had puissance and six-bar success with his attractive grey Richi Rich III and Una II.

Guy has also been enjoying considerable success with Torinto Van De Middelstede, who won the Mechlelen grand prix in 2010 and helped the British team to success in the nations cup competition in Abu Dhabi in February.

And he has a number of talented younger horses coming through, including Duhkan, who stepped up to 1.45m classes in early 2010.

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Career highlights

2010

  • British Open Championships 1st Accumulator, 2nd Winter Premier Grand Prix (Torinto)

  • CSI3* Hamburg 1st 1.45m Speed 1st 1.50m Against Clock (Skip Two Ramiro).
  • Hickstead Derby Meeting 1st Hickstead Derby (Skip Two Ramiro).
  • CSI5* Global Champions Tour Chantilly 1st 1.40m Speed (Belinka).
  • RIHS 1st Old Lodge 1.30m Open (AD Ninos).
  • CSIO5* Spruce Meadows, Calgary 1st 1.60m (Belinka).
  • CSI3* Chester 2nd Charles Stanley British Masters Grand Prix (Torinto).

2009

  • BS showjumper of the month in March.

  • Sunshine Tour 1st Grand Prix Invitational (Torinto).
  • Six Bar Europeans Windsor 1st (Richi Rich).
  • Accumulator Hickstead 1st (Belinka).
  • CSIO 5* 1.50m La Baule 1st (Belinka).
  • TAGG Trophy HOYS 1.50m 1st (Torinto).
  • Olympia 1.50m 1st (Dukhan).
  • Hickstead Derby Meeting 2nd Hickstead Derby (Skip Two Ramiro).
  • Patchetts Equestrian Centre 1st National 1.40m (Duhkan).
  • Crofton Manor 1st Puissance (Richi Rich III).
  • CSI5*-W Olympia 1st Santa Stakes (Duhkan).
  • CSI5*-W Mechelen 1st Grand Prix (Torinto).
  • BS showjumper of the month in December.

2008

  • Royal Windsor 1st Land Rover International (Skip Two Ramiro).

  • Royal Bath and West 1st Renault Jump (Pybalia) 2nd (Skip Two Ramiro).
  • Castle Ashby 2nd Grand Prix (Pybalia).
  • Kent County 1st Accumulator (Ella IV).
  • Royal County of Berkshire 2nd & 3rd Area Trial (Skip To Ramiro & Torinto) 1st 1.30m Open (Mysteron).
  • HOYS 1st Thomas Bates & Son Classic, 3rd Diamond Jubilee Cup, 3rd Accumulator (Torinto).

2007

  • Zamar BSJA Showjumper of the Month January.

  • South View Premier Show 1st&2nd Winter A&B Premier Grand Prix (Skip Two Ramiro & Onyx V).
  • Scottish Premier 1st&3rd Winter A&B Grand Prix (Quito De Lui Z&Quidam) 1st 1.35m Open (Skip Two Ramiro) 1st 1.35m (Onyx).
  • Royal Windsor 1st Speed Stakes (Una II).
  • South View 1st Grand Prix (Skip Two Ramiro).
  • BSJA easibed Scope Festival 1st National 1.40m Grand Prix (Skip Two Ramiro).
  • HOYS 1st Puissance (Una II).

2006

  • The Blue Chip Winter Championships 1st Blue Chip Pro Grades A&B Challenge Trophy (Mysteron).

  • Suffolk Show 1st International Trial (Skip Two Ramiro).

2005

  • Blue Chip Winter Champs 1st Grand Prix (Onyx V).

  • Royal Show 1st International Trail (Quidam).

2004

  • Hickstead Derby Meeting: 4th Hickstead Derby Tankard (Loro Piana Hamlet) 1st Speed Derby (Be Precise).

  • RIHS: 1st Brighton Speed Stakes (Be Precise) 1st Sussex Speed Stakes (Loro Piana Hamlet) 5th Osborne Refrigerators Winter Grade C Final (Caretino Glory).
  • HOYS: 3rd The Accumulator (Loro Piana Hamlet) 3rd Grandstand Media Cup (Unbelievable Darco).
  • CSI-W Olympia: 1st Ride & Drive Final (Onyx)

2003

  • Solihull Premier: 1st Winter A&B Grand Prix (Loro Piana Hamlet).

  • South of England: 1st Int Trial (Titus Van Euverbraeke).

2002

  • Hickstead Derby Meeting: 1st Hasseroder Speed Derby (Be Precise).

  • HOYS: 2nd Senior Newcomers, 6TH AON Championship (Titus Van Euvebraeke).

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