Date of birth: 29/03/1972
Daisy made her senior squad debut as an individual at the 1997 Burghley Europeans on Little Victor, but pulled up on the cross-country.
It wasn’t until 2005 that she got another championship chance, finishing 11th at the Blenheim European Championships with Spring Along. Last year the pair were on the team at the World Equestrian Games, winning a team silver and finishing 12th individually on their dressage score.
Daisy also won team bronze and gold as a young rider.
At the end of last year Daisy maintained the purple patch she started at WEG by winning Blenheim with Springbok IV, but Badminton was not a happy hunting ground for her this spring. Hope Street fell at the penultimate fence and she withdrew Spring Along, who became over-excited in the dressage and put in a disappointing performance, before the cross-country.
She then took Springbok IV and Spring Along to Luhmühlen, but had run-outs with both across country. She finished with Spring Along with 40 jumping penalties, but retired four-star debutant Springbok IV.
Daisy returned to form at Barbury Castle, where she finished eighth in the CIC*** on Spring Along and 10th on Hope Street. This result was good enough to put her on the squad for this year’s European Championships at Pratoni del Vivaro (13-16 September) with Spring Along. The pair were eighth again in a CIC*** section at Gatcombe, while Daisy also won the other CIC*** on Springbok IV.
Daisy enjoyed a good final run before the European Championships at Highclere, where she and Spring Along finished ninth in the advanced intermediate. They had a 31.7 dressage, one show jump down and a clear round cross-country with 4.4 time-penatlies.
European Championship performance 2007
Daisy and Spring Along put in one of their best dressage tests to lie 12th after the first phase in Pratoni on 42.3. They then stormed across country as the British pathfinders, and were one of only two pairs all day to successfully take the direct route through the arrowheads at the slide fence.
Daisy added just 2.8 time-penalties to rise to fifth overnight, but her two show jumps down dropped her to eventual seventh. Her score helped the British to the team gold medal.
Daisy’s mother, Caroline, was placed at Badminton and Burghley and her late father, jump jockey Dave Dick, won the Grand National and Gold Cup.