Our Story

Britain has an incredible record in eventing. Yet for all the many British riders victorious at Badminton, Burghley and the Olympics over the decades, the list of winning British horses is much shorter. 

So we set out on a mission:

To pair brilliant young homegrown riders with a new generation of exceptional British horses.

Starting a Stud

In 2016 we bought a quarter of a horse. A quarter became one, one became two, and things started to accelerate. One of our foals won the British Championship in 2019. In 2020 our seven year old won the British Championship too. The standard was set.

Now, with an exceptionally talented team of riders, we’re developing our brood stock of mares and future British stars.

It’s a future that’s incredibly exciting.

About Jonathan
& Lexi Hambro

The Hambro family name has long been associated with equestrianism. Jonathan’s family owned and bred racehorses. Lexi was a young eventer and has spent much of her life around horses. She’s helping son Willem discover his love of riding too.

Now, Jonathan and Lexi have turned their passion into their work.

Meet our Team

Introducing this year’s Hambro Sport Horses Team

Tom Jackson

Rider

Tom grew up surrounded by horses. As a teenager he was an active member of the Ashford Valley Pony Club. After completing his GCSEs with a sports scholarship at Bethany School, Tom went to work for Sasha Pemple and spent the next two years gaining experience breaking and schooling young and troublesome horses.

Tom is currently based at a beautiful yard near Godalming, Surrey. He’s
working towards representing Team GBR at the Olympics and World Equestrian Games), and is helping us develop our string of horses.

Tom’s notable senior international results include:
2020

  • Thoresby Int. CCI-S YH3* British Eventing Championship – WINNER

2018

  • Tattersalls CCIU25** WINNER

2017

  • First Badminton completion

2016 

  • Tattersalls CCIU24** WINNER

2015

  • Selection for Senior European Championships

2014

  • Team Bronze Young Rider European Championships

2014

  • Bramham, CCIU25*** WINNER
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Alicia Hawker

Rider

A former star of British Eventing Youth and 3* programmes, Alicia now competes internationally at 5* level.

Alicia made her first 5* appearance at Pau in 2017. Since then she has competed at Badminton twice and finished 16th on her Burghley debut. During the 2019 season Alicia and Charles RR won the U25 prize at both Badminton and Burghley, a performance that saw her awarded the Barbara Cooper Trophy for best performance by a young British Rider. She was also selected onto the Windrush Equestrian Foundation young rider programme.

Alongside eventing, Alicia has also gained a first-class degree in Sports Performance BSc (Hons) from the University of Bath.

Alicia has self-produced many horses and now brings all her experience to helping develop our stable.

Alicia’s notable senior international results include:
2019 

  • U25 prize winner at Badminton and Burghley, 16th in Burghley debut

2018 

  • First Bicton CCI2*-S, 
  • Four 5* completions, 
  • WINNER Mark Todd Bridging the Gap Scholarship

2017

  • Third Hartpury CCI3*- L

2017

  • Third Bramham CCI4*- LU25

2016

  • First Aldon CCI2*- S

2015

  • Second Tatts CCI3*- LU24

2014

  • Fifth Hartpury CCI3*- L
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Becky Heappey

Rider

Despite her parents’ best efforts to encourage her towards any other sport, Becky’s passion was always for horses and riding.

She had her first taste of eventing when she was 14, riding Bluey, who she produced herself from a five year old. It was the start of a successful record of developing horses – she produced her first horse to Advanced level when she was 21 – and we’re delighted to have Becky bring her experience and ability to Hambro Sport Horses.

Becky’s notable senior international results include:
2019
 

  • 9th at Luhmuhlen Horse Trials (DHI Babette K)
  • 13th at Burghley Horse Trials (DHI Babette K)
  • 10th at Burnham Market CCI-S 4* with a double clear (DHI Babette K)
  • 12th at Chatsworth International Horse Trials CCI-S 4* (DHI Babette K)

2017 

  • 17th and winner of the Land Rover Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the best first-timer in her 5* debut at Burghley Horse Trials (Charlton Down Riverdance)
  • Clear cross country at her first Badminton Horse Trials (Charlton Down Riverdance), lying in 20th place overnight but forced to withdraw before the final horse inspection due to (horse) injury
  • 3rd at Rockingham Horse Trials CCI-S 4* with a double clear on debut at this level and only horse in the section to finish on dressage (Elja)
  • 12th and one of only four riders to finish on their dressage score: CCI-L 4* at Bramham (Charlton Down Riverdance)

2015 

  • Becky and top ride LB The Phantom earned themselves a place on the World Class Equine Pathway

2014

  • 11th and winner of the Best U25 Rider and Best First-timer prize at Blenheim CCI-L 4* 
  • Double clear and winner of the Best U25 Rider prize in the British Open at Gatcombe
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Thank you to everyone who entered our scholarship in 2021, we had over 750 entries.

Our 2022 scholarship has been awarded to

Katy Lawrence

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