Piggy French

Piggy French

Discipline: Eventing

Based In: Northamptonshire, UK

Born in Leicestershire, Piggy grew up surrounded by ponies. Her real name is Georgina, but she was given the name Piggy by her sister who thought her sibling resembled Piglet from Winnie The Pooh.

Piggy initially considered a career in art and photography, but left her course after a term when she discovered she couldn’t live without being competitive – and that involved horses. The decision quickly paid dividends and once in the senior ranks, she made her debut at Badminton Horse Trials in 2003 finishing 31st aboard Flintlock II.

In 2004 Piggy was crowned the Under 25 Champion at Bramham. She benefited from a giant payday in 2006 when she pocketed £25,000 for winning the Liberte Shropshire Slam, a prize for any rider (or owner of a horse) with three consecutive wins in any international section at Weston Park’s autumn fixture and the Sansaw CIC2*. In 2007 she won Le Lion D’Angers seven-year-old championships with Castaway II and was 12th at Burghley three-day event on Paris.

Piggy received her first senior squad call-up when she was pulled off the reserves bench to represent Britain at the 2009 European Championships, riding Some Day Soon. She made a dazzling squad debut, claiming the individual silver medal behind fellow Brit Tina Cook. A year later, Piggy rode as an individual at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky on Jakata, finishing 16th.

Piggy gained her first success at senior three-star level with DHI Topper W at Blenheim in 2011 and they won the Olympic test event the same year. The same combination was selected for London 2012 along with Jakata but both horses were injured, ruling Piggy out of the Olympics.

In 2013, Piggy was selected for the European Championships at Malmo with Tinkas Time, on whom she had won Barbury CCI4*-S, but cruelly equine injury once again prevented her participation. However, Piggy was able to compete at CCI4*-S level at Burgham Horse Trials in 2014 with Westwood Mariner.

Despite having missed the 2016 eventing season in order to care for her newborn baby, Max, Piggy was thrilled to be selected in July 2017 to represent Team GBR at the FEI European Eventing Championships in Strzegom, where she competed as an individual. Piggy’s best result in 2017 was her fantastic second place at Burghley CCI5*-L riding the mare Vanir Kamira.

Piggy is based in Northamptonshire where she has a purpose-built yard to house her team of 16 horses.

In 2018 Piggy represented Great Britain at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon. Representing her country is always a big motivation for Piggy so winning the Team Gold medal was definitely the highlight of 2018.

Alongside her Team Gold from Tryon, Piggy also placed 5th in the CCI5*-L at Burghley with Vanir Kamira and 1st in the CCI3*-L Tattersalls with Cooley Monsoon, to name but a few. She also had a very good run at Blair International Horse Trials, coming away with a 1st and a 3rd in the CCI3*-L with Cooley Monsoon and Castletown Clover and a 2nd in the CCI4*-L with Brookfield Innocent. Throughout 2018 Piggy won 16 National classes from BE100 to Intermediate level.

Looking ahead to 2019, Piggy hopes to take Quarrycrest Echo to the Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event and Vanir Kamira to Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. Piggy has never competed in at Kentucky and is looking forward to heading across to America at the start of the season. Piggy also has a few horses who will step up to Advanced level and is excited to get them up and running.

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