Showjumper Tim Gredley to move to Florida

  • Tim Gredley is moving to Florida to compete and develop the family business in America.

    In 2010, the wealthy showjumper announced he was giving up the sport to concentrate on running the family property business.

    But in January H&H reported Tim was back in action and giving Olympic selection “one last go”.

    Tim has been competing in Florida this winter and plans to return for six months from November to ride and work.

    I’m just going to see how it goes,” he said. “I went over there this year to jump, but also to see the property market and try to understand it.

    “My father [Bill] came over too and we both decided it was great place and opportunity. It’s a different world over there – we will look to expand the business.”

    Tim is in the process of buying a yard in the grand prix village with 20 stalls. His horses will be flown over, but he hopes to add to his string, offering half-shares in showjumpers to investors.

    When he “quit” the sport, other riders – including Robert Whitaker, James Billington and Ben Maher – took over his horses, including Voske II, Omelli, Timo IV, Valente and Lerado II.

    But he now has them all back and has a new addition, Chamberlain Z – whom he bought from David McPherson.

    “Chamberlain’s only been with me for three days, but he’s settling in well,” Tim told H&H.

    “I always really liked him and tried to buy him about three years ago, but couldn’t strike a deal. The plan is to compete him at a few small shows and maybe aim for Windsor [in May].”

    At the same time, Tim’s base, the Gredleys’ Newmarket home, Stetchworth Park Estate and Stud, is on the market – for offers “in excess of £11m“, but Tim said the sale is not linked to his move.

    “[My parents] have been thinking of moving for a while – it’s too big for them now it’s just the two of them, but we’ll be looking to build a new yard in the same area,” said Tim.

    The property is for sale through Savills and Bidwells and has 24 boxes, paddocks, a six-bay horse-walker and a replica of the Hickstead Derby course.

    This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (19 April 2012)

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