Robert Walker, born in 1975, is one of Britain’s top showing producers with countless wins with hunters, cobs, hacks and riding horses at the highest level.
He has been a regular in the show ring since his childhood, competing in lead-rein and show pony classes before making the successful transition to horses. Robert left school, aged 16, to work on his father’s livery yard in Yorkshire. Four years later he set up his own yard with his childhood sweetheart Sarah, who is now his wife and business partner. They have a son, Sam.
Robert is joint-master for the Cheshire hunt.
Robert’s successful career could have been brought to a premature end in 2010 when he fell seriously ill with a mystery illness. Hospital doctors initially thought he had suffered a stroke, as he completely lost the movement in the right hand side of his body, but this was later ruled out. Two-and-a-half-weeks later Robert was discharged from hospital and returned to the saddle.
Following his comeback at Moreton-in-Marsh show, Robert claimed an emotional victory at the British Show Horse Association National Show where he received a standing ovation from spectators.
He went on to be voted the Showing Council/Showing World show rider of the year award, just 24hs after claiming the HOYS Hunter Championship for the first time on Pride and Joy.