Ellie McCarthy

Rider Profile

Ellie McCarthy

I first got into dressage when I was eight years old and my mum took me to watch her friend in some competitions. After that, I was hooked! When I was 12 years old, I decided I wanted to also play polo like my dad. A few years later, though, I decided to completely focus on dressage, and aim for the youth teams and competing internationally. I moved to Germany for two years for training with Olympian Helen Langehanenberg – I learnt an awful lot from her and I’m very grateful for the amount of effort she put towards helping me. I went on to compete in a number of international competitions, and I also rode on the British Young Rider Europeans team in 2017. In 2018, I was first reserve for the U25 European team. I’m now training in the UK with Jodie Phillips and Charlotte Dujardin. 

Away from dressage, I go to all of my dad and brothers' polo games, provided I’m not competing my own horses. Polo is a very addictive sport ,so although I don’t play anymore, I still like to be a part of it, especially as it runs in the family. I also really like to go out with friends to the cinema because I’m a big movie person. 

Sporting Achievements

Date Event Horse Medals
2017 Young Rider European Championships Donna Summer