Piggy comes from a horsey family (her Mother, Kate, competed to Advanced level) and has been riding for as long as she can remember. The youngest of three girls, she hunted and went through Pony Club as a child but didn’t really take up eventing until she was 15, despite being a self-confessed ‘eventing geek’: ‘I used to wander around all the big events with my camera and I really admired Mary King – I was completely in awe of her and found it very weird when I started competing against her.’
While still based at her family home in Norfolk, Piggy’s parents, Kate and Wally supported her decision to event after it became apparent that nothing other than a career with horses was an option. She never had ‘ready made’ horses though and worked hard to secure rides in the early days.
Piggy’s first big wins came in 1996 with her Junior horse, Lloyds Gamble, but it was Rebecca Finch’s Flintlock II, ‘a proper hunter type and not put on this earth to do a 4*’ who was her real breakthrough horse and who took Piggy to her first Badminton in 2003. He was also her team gold medal winning horse at the Young Rider European Championships in 2001 where they finished fourth individually.
Piggy riding Flintlock II
From there, Piggy’s eventing career went from strength to strength. She won individual silver at the European Championships in 2009, represented Great Britain at both the 2010 World Equestrian Games and the 2011 European Championships, and won the London 2012 Test Event. Piggy is now established as one of the country’s leading riders.
For full details of the horses Piggy is competing this year, please visit the ‘Horses’ section of the website.