Joe Clayton

Joe Clayton

Discipline: Showjumping

Based In: Belgium

Joe Clayton is a Belgium based British showjumper, who started riding at the age of 11, having been keen on football until that time. He began showjumping following a lesson with his mum’s instructor and soon after was hooked and started competing. After leaving school Joe spent a year riding for Sally Lane before going for a week’s training with Michael Whitaker, where Joe was offered a job and never looked back. Joe spent 10 years with Michael which is also where he met his fiancé Georgina Stirling, before moving to set up his own yard back at his family home. During his time at Michael’s, Joe made 11 Nations Cup appearances for Great Britain and gained placings all the way up to 5* level. In 2018 Joe was crowned National Showjumping Champion at the age of 28, having secured big wins at The Great Yorkshire Show including the Grand Prix, ‘Cock O' The North’, riding Via VD Karmenhoek Z, as well as having good results during the Hickstead Derby meeting at 4* level. January 2019 saw Joe make the move to Belgium following some successful competitions there with the younger horses in his string, Franka Trichta and Cally at 2* level.

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