Piggy French

Eventing

Piggy French

Biography

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 CIC3*, but cruelly equine injury once again prevented her participation. However, Piggy was able to compete at CIC3* 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 CCI**** riding the mare Vanir Kamira.

 

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

What Piggy Feeds

"Build Up Conditioning Cubes – these are great for maintaining the weight and condition of our horses that are working really hard throughout the season."

Age: 
39
Discipline: 
Eventing
Based in: 
Northamptonshire