Don’t miss Horse & Hound eventing special — on sale now — for Lucinda Green rides Gandalf, H&H asks “do riders expect too much of the ground?”, the latest body protectors are put to the test, plus what’s hot and what’s not in the sport this season and the chance to win a lesson with Lucinda Green. And if you pick up your copy at Tesco you can save 50p off the standard cover price.
Watch Lucinda Green ride Gandalf
See pictures of Lucinda Green riding other famous horses including eventers Toytown and Galan De Sauvagère, 2008 grand national runner Simon, successful point-to-pointer Rimpton Boy and Mark King’s retired Olympic eventer King Solomon III.
Read more stories from H&H about Lucinda:
Watch Lucinda Green riding Big Buck's up the gallops and find out why she is so impressed by the hurdling
As a guest columnist for H&H, 6-time Badminton winner Lucinda Green argues that there are lessons to be learnt from
To celebrate Lucinda Green's special day we have selected 60 pictures of the eventing legend in action from the H&H
Enjoy extra pictures from our exclusive photo shoot at Nicky Henderson's yard
Find out more about Lucinda Green:
Born in Hampshire, Lucinda Green (née Prior Palmer) began riding when she was just four years old but didn’t own her own horse until the age of 15, when she was given Be Fair for her birthday.
Lucinda and Be Fair worked their way up through the eventing grades, before going to the 1973 Olympics and winning Badminton some seven years later. This was only the beginning of Lucinda‘s success, as she went on to claim a number of gold and silver medals and two European Championships.
In 1977 Lucinda scored a hat trick, coming first at Badminton, Burghley and the European Championships. She is the only rider to have won Badminton six times, on six different horses: Be Fair (1973), Wideawake (1976), George (1977), Killaire (1979), Regal Realm (1983) and Beagle Bay (1984). Lucinda has won the Tony Collins Trophy, awarded to the rider with the most British Eventing points in an eventing season, a record seven times and in 2008 won the outstanding contribution to equestrianism award.
While she still competes, Lucinda is now also well known as an equestrian journalist, team selector, commentator and trainer. She is passionate about cross-country safety and runs a series of cross-country clinics each spring, called ‘Cross-country, the safe way’ in association with Petplan Equine. Lucinda also has an infrequent series in Horse & Hound, ‘Lucinda rides’, in which she assesses top horses from across the disciplines. The fact that riders and owners allow her to ride these elite equine athletes demonstrates the high regard in which she is held by her peers.
Lucinda has two children: Fred, born May 1985, and Lissa, born February 1989. She was married to David Green from 1981 to 1992. Lissa Green is following in her mother’s footsteps as a professional event rider.