Eventing legend returns to competition for charity event

 Jane Holderness-Roddam in her eventing heyday in the 1960s.
Jane Holderness-Roddam in her eventing heyday in the 1960s.

Olympic gold medallist Jane Holderness-Roddam CBE will compete in her first one-day-event for 13 years on veteran horse Tiger’s Eye II, to raise money for equine charities the Brooke and World Horse Welfare.

The event takes place on August 18 at West Wilts Equestrian Centre.

Jane Holderness-Roddam and Tiger's Eye II, whom she will ride at a one-day-event next month. It will be her first ODE in 13 years.
Jane Holderness-Roddam and Tiger’s Eye II, whom she will ride at a one-day-event next month. It will be her first ODE in 13 years.

Holderness-Roddam, 67, was the first woman to represent Britain in Olympic Eventing, winning team gold in Mexico, 1968. She went on to build a highly successful career in equestrianism. Nicknamed the ‘galloping nurse’ because she managed to study nursing at the same time, Holderness-Roddam won at the Badminton Horse Trials in 1968 and 1978, and Burghley Horse Trials in 1976.

Tiger’s Eye II, stable name Bill, is now 20 and has had an illustrious career himself, competing in more than 120 events, 31 of them international. Owned by Timothy Holderness-Roddam and Jane Holderness-Roddam, he has had several riders throughout his career, including South African eventer Alex Peternell.

Holderness-Roddam has dedicated her life to helping horses, becoming trustee for World Horse Welfare for two terms, seeing first-hand how they have improved the lives of so many horses in the UK and worldwide. She is now trustee for the Brooke, and visited their work in Senegal in 2014. Here she saw how the Brooke teams are providing training, community engagement and emergency veterinary care to improve welfare for horses, donkeys and mules.

“Horses have been a part of my life since childhood, and caring for them properly is really important to me. Bill is still able to compete at the age of 20 in part because of the excellent care he’s had from a dedicated team. Sadly, some equines working around the world are lucky to reach a quarter of his age. I want to help change that,” Holderness-Roddam said.

“People living in these communities don’t have the same access to veterinary medicines and training that we have in the UK. The Brooke and World Horse Welfare are working tirelessly to change this.”

Brooke chief executive Petra Ingram was grateful that Holderness-Roddam was going the extra mile “or should I say extra jump” to help raise funds for the charities.

Alexander Peternell and Tiger's Eye II at Burghley last year.
Alexander Peternell and Tiger’s Eye II at Burghley in 2011. © Mike Bain

“The money raised will help us reach our target of helping two million horses, donkeys and mules by 2016. Jane is a dedicated trustee, and it was wonderful to take her to see the Brooke’s work last year,” Ingram said.

World Horse Welfare Chief Executive Roly Owers said Holderness-Roddam has been a role model and inspiration for many  involved in equestrian sport since the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

“It is fantastic that she is getting back in the saddle to raise funds for World Horse Welfare and The Brooke. As a World Horse Welfare trustee for many years, she played a pivotal role in developing our work to deliver lasting change across the full spectrum of the horse world. I wish her the very best of luck with the event and I, along with all at World Horse Welfare, will be cheering her on.”

Jane’s fund-raising page

Jane Holderness-Roddam and Tiger's Eye II
Jane Holderness-Roddam and Tiger’s Eye II.


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