Lucy Wiegersma, British event rider

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Born in 1977, Lucy Wiegersma is the only British rider to have won all three national eventing titles – Junior in 1995, Young Rider in 1998 and Senior in 2006.

Having long been a prolific winner of one- and three-day events, Lucy hit the big time when she was second at Badminton in 2008 with Shaabrak, with whom she also won Blair CCI*** in 2004.

They were selected for the Hong Kong Olympics, but dropped from the squad when Shaabrak missed some fitness work due to a poisoned foot.

At the inaugural Express Eventing International Cup in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium in December 2008 Lucy came second to Oliver Townsend with Shaabrak, winning £50,000.

Lucy made her British squad debut in September 2009, finishing 13th at the European Championships in Fontainebleau on Woodfalls Inigo Jones.

In 2011 she won Chatsworth CIC*** again with Shaabrak and Barbury CCI** with Wish Upon A Star.

Her Dutch father Hendrik rode at the top level and her mother Pippa was head girl to 1956 British Olympic team gold medallist Bertie Hill.

In August 2011 Hendrik suffered a serious accident on his ride-on mower. However, despite having “no feeling in his feet” he was starting to learn to walk again by the following month.

Lucy – who is based at Warren Farm in Devon – also has an English degree from Exeter University and does some freelance journalism work, including writing for H&H’s sister magazine Eventing.

Warren Farm was less than two miles from a case of equine infectious anaemia (EIA or swamp fever) in September 2010 but fortunately the disease did not spread.

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