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Ruth Edge (n ©e Friend) went clear across country at her first Badminton aged 18 in 1998 on the diminutive Ice Dancer II – one of the best results for teenagers at the event in the modern era.

Since then Ruth has enjoyed numerous good wins, including three British open championships. She won in 2004 on Two Thyme – who became the first horse to do the intermediate/open championship double having won the former in 2002 – and in 2008 on Mayhem III. She then won again in 2009 on Two Thyme, who became only the third horse to have won the title twice.

One of the best-known riders in the north of Britain, Ruth fulfilled a long-held ambition to win the Scottish open championships in 2006 on Marsh Mayfly. She has also taken top spot in the CCI*** (2003) and CCI** (1999) at Blair on Matthew II.

In 2007 Ruth scored her first win at four-star level, taking the honours at Luhm ¼hlen, Germany, on Two Thyme. But injury ruled the horse out of contention for the European Championships that year and for the following year’s Olympics.

Ruth is well known for her prowess in the dressage phase of eventing and also competes successfully in the pure discipline.

Born in 1979, Ruth is based near Uttoxeter, moving there in 2012 after many years in Cumbria. Her husband Peter is an electrician.

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