Wingrave to move to Swiss showjumping base

December 10, 2008

by Lulu Kyriacou

James Wingrave winning at the winning at the Arezzo CSI*** last Spring.

Former British showjumper and Hungarian international James Wingrave is moving to the Swiss yard of Tina Pol's Team Thermoplan for 2009.

Wingrave paid tribute to his current patrons, Michael Bullman and Gaspar Gyula, with whom he has enjoyed much success in the past six years. "There has not been a more fortunate person than myself to have found patrons like Michael and Gaspar. Tina has been incredibly understanding in allowing me to carry those relationships forward into Team Thermoplan's future," he said.

"As well as offering me the chance to ride Grand Prix horses under the company banner which in itself is a fantastic opportunity that does not come along very often, I am also able to remain loyal to current connections.

"Obviously I could not have reached the place where I am today and where such an generous offer could be made without the support I have received from Hungary and the Hungarian people. I am proud to say I will continue riding under their flag, it is very important to me, as is developing a new team of horses and myself as a rider."

Since moving to Hungary in 2002 and taking that nationality three years later, British born Wingrave has ridden in about 30 Nations Cups and also represented Hungary at the World Equestrian Games in 2006. He also headed the FEI World Cup rankings for Southern Central European League in 2006 and 2007.