In 1995, Sam made the decision to leave his home in Australia and make a career for himself in the UK as an International Event Rider. He trained and worked as a back up rider for double Olympic gold medallist, Matt Ryan, for three years where he had the opportunity to train and compete all levels of event horses.
After leaving Matt Ryan’s base, Sam established his own team of horses and has since been short listed for the Athens and Beijing Olympics, finished 5th in the HSBC Classics for 2009 (a World ranking system for which points can be accumulated at the world’s four biggest three day events) and was a member of the Australian Team for both the 2010 World Championships in the USA and the London 2012 Olympics, with his top horse, Happy Times.
Sam is currently ranked in the top 15 in the World Rider Rankings and is on the Australian Elite Squad and was part of the Australian Team for for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in France with his Badminton 2014 winner Paulank Brockagh. Sam and his wife, Lucy, run the team together from their yard on the Dorset/Somerset border. Ollie was born in January 2013.
Sam, Lucy and Ollie welcomed Eliza Alice into the world on 29th April 2015!
IN THE NEWS – RIO 2016