Emma and her Canadian husband Mike, who rode at the Olympics in Athens and Hong Kong, were based near Atlanta. But they moved to Britain last August and have rented a yard in Chedworth, near Cirencester.
“After the Games in Hong Kong Mike said he wanted to compete with a more international field all the time,” explained Emma, 36. “We also wanted to bring our children [Amelia, eight, and Lilly, one] here.”
Emma and Mike had a big business in the States — Wayfarer Eventing — with around 18 horses and 30 students, but plan to keep their UK operation smaller and focus on producing quality horses.
They brought two horses over with them — Unsteelable, 11th in the CCI** at Weston last autumn with Mike — and Emma’s now retired four-star horse Mahogany Chief, with whom she completed Burghley in 2005.
They have bought some youngsters from Ireland, and Dutch five-year-old Arlando — with whom Emma won with JAS class — and have nine horses in their yard now.
Three of Emma and Mike’s pupils from the USA — twins of 17 and another girl of 16 — came to Britain with them and are at school here, while keeping their horses on the Winters’ yard.