Date of birth: 23/02/1989
30 year old, Caroline Harris, has been based, for the past few seasons, with Australian Olympic medallist, Sam Griffiths, on the Somerset/Dorset border and has already achieved notable successes, bringing young horses up through the eventing ranks and achieving highly consistent results up to 3 star international level.
In 2018, Caroline notched up some really good results throughout the season culminating in Top 10 finishes at 3 and 2 star level at the Ballindenisk International. And, during 2017 she was busy producing several young horses who progressed very successfully from BE100 to Novice, to 1 and 2 star level.
Aboard her own Billy Bumble (purchased from the Billy Stud as a 4 year old), Caroline was never out of the top 10 in international events in 2016 – which included a third in Bicton’s CIC2* and 7th in Blenheim’s 8/9 year old CIC3*.
Her potential has been recognised by The British Equestrian Federation, having twice been selected for the now redundant World Class Equine Pathway Programme.
The Beginnings – Pony Club
Caroline started riding at about 5 years old at the Ridgway Stables on Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, when the family were living in Wandsworth, London.
In the summer term of 1998, Caroline went to join her older siblings, Alexander and Katie, at Ashdown House School in West Sussex and they kept ponies nearby. Caroline inherited Katie’s pony, Sonny, (when Katie grew out of him) and was a member of the Eridge Pony Club.
When she was 10 years old, the family moved to Somerset, where they were able to have the ponies at home and joined the Blackmore Vale Pony Club.
When she grew out of Sonny her next pony was a little grey, Bluey who was very naughty, but loved hunting and they both used to stay out right to the end of the day.
Early Competitive Career
In 2003, Caroline took on a 4 year old Carromore Gemstone (Easy) and together they reached the Blue Chip Show Jumping Championships Final and were successful in pony trials, sowing the seeds for her competitive eventing ambitions.
Her next pony was called The Lap Dancer (Dusk) on whom she finished 3rd at the Chepstow Under18 Championships, following which they were shortlisted for the Junior Team and subsequently long-listed for the Young Riders.
Stepping up to Seniors
Her next horse was The Undertaker (Herbie) who she produced from Novice to finish second at Tattersalls 2star; jumping her first Advanced on him at Aston-le-Walls.
In 2012 she moved to Sam Griffiths’ yard and purchased Billy Bumble from the Billy Stud as a 4 year old. Over the last few years she has risen through the ranks to 3star level and developed a highly respected reputation for producing young horses.