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Scott Brash

  • Age: 35
  • Based in: Horsham, West Sussex,originally from Peebles, Peebleshire
  • FEI World Ranking: 43
  • Olympic Games:  three - London 2012 and Tokyo 2020

Born in Peebles, Scott grew up riding ponies and started showjumping with The Pony Club at the age of 10. He made his senior championship debut at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 riding Intertoy Z. That was the same year that Scott took the ride on Hello Sanctos. The pair were on the team that won historic team gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games, then team gold and individual bronze in the European Championships 2013. Scott finished third in the FEI World Cup Final in 2014 with Ursual XII.

He contested his second World Equestrian Games with Hello Sanctos in 2014, and took team bronze with Hello M'Lady at the FEI European Championship in 2019.

In 2022, Scott was part of the team that took a historic team bronze medal at the FEI World Championship in Herning, Denmark. He finished the year on a high with a win at the London International Horse Show leg of the FEI World Cup series with Jefferson. 

Scott has won the London leg of the Global Champions Tour an impressive three times, and he remains the only rider to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Showjumping.  

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  • Known as: Jeff, Jezz or Jezza
  • Owners: Lady Pauline Harris and Lady Pauline Kirkham 
  • Colour: Bay
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Height: 16.1hh
  • Age: 13yrs
  • Bloodlines: Cooper van de Heffink x Irco Mena
  • Breeder: Bernard Mols (BEL)
  • Groom: David Honnet

Jefferson partnered Scott at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. They jumped a fast clear round to qualify for the individual final, but one time fault kept them from the medal jump-off. Just prior to the Games, the pair finished second in the CSIO5* Rolex Grand Prix and were part of the British team that finished third in the Mercedes Benz Nations Cup at CHIO Aachen. 

Paris will be Jezza's third championship appearance, after Tokyo 2020 and the FEI World Championship in 2022. He's also topped the podium at two legs of the Global Champions Tour (Stockholm 2021, Doha 2021), won the London leg of the FEI World Cup series in 2022 and they were runners up the following year. 

Scott describes Jezza as 'one of the most talented, if not one of the most complex geldings in [his] stable.'

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Harry Charles

  • Age: 24
  • Based in: Alton, Hampshire
  • World Ranking: 1 (U25) / 11 (Senior)
  • Olympic Games: two - Tokyo 2020

Harry is the son of Peter Charles, who was part of the gold medal-winning jumping team at London 2012 – alongside Harry's Paris team mates Ben Maher and Scott Brash. A successful youth rider, Harry made his senior championship debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with Romeo 88, where he was one of the youngest riders in the field. Since then, he has continued to impress, with results including winning the London leg of the FEI Jumping World Cup and the London Grand Prix at the London International Horse Show in 2021, and finishing fourth at the FEI Jumping World Cup Final the following year.

In 2022, Harry was part of the team that headed to the FEI Jumping World Championship in Herning, Denmark, where Great Britain won bronze – our first World Championship medal since 1998.

Harry has been a regular face on the FEI Jumping Nations Cup circuit, including helping the British team to win at home soil at Hickstead in 2023. Later that year, he was selected to represent the British team at the FEI European Championship in Milano riding Casquo Blue.

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Romeo 88

  • Known as: Romeo
  • Owners: Ann Thompson and Harry Charles
  • Colour: Bay
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Height: 17hh
  • Age: 13yrs
  • Bloodlines: Contact van de Heffinck x Orlando
  • Breeder: Picobello Horses (BEL)
  • Groom: Georgia Ellwood

Harry and Romeo 88 joined forces just seven months before their Tokyo 2020 call-up, but it's a partnership that's gone from strength to strength. Their fast clear round on the first day saw them qualify for the individual final, causing showjumping fans to sit up and pay attention to this talented new combination. They have competed at some of the biggest shows in Europe and competed on several Nations Cup teams. Harry describes Romeo as 'a grumpy fellow in the stables, but he comes out and fights so hard – that’s what makes him a great horse'.

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Ben Maher

  • Age: 41
  • Based in: Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
  • World Ranking: 2
  • Olympic Games: five - Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2016

Ben started riding at the age of eight, competing on the local showjumping circuit and joining The Pony Club. He went on to represent Great Britain on Pony, Junior and Young Rider teams, which saw him take team gold at the Young Rider European Championships in 2004. He was the first British showjumper to be ranked world number one in 2013 and was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List in 2013.

Ben made his Olympic debut riding Roulette at Beijing 2008, then was part of the gold medal-winning team with Tripple X III at London 2012. He rode at Rio 2016 with Tic Tac, before winning the coveted individual gold at Tokyo 2020 with Explosion W.

Alongside his Olympic appearances, Ben has ridden at six FEI Jumping European Championships – he’s won one team gold medal, two team bronzes and two individual silvers. With such a long and successful career, it’s surprising that his first FEI Jumping World Championship appearance only came in 2022, when he and Faltic HB helped Britain to a historic team bronze medal.

Ben is a familiar on Nations Cup teams, and has twice this year featured on the British squad for the Longines League of Nations, including the recent third-place finish at CHIO Rotterdam. He also finished sixth at the FEI World Cup Final this year, riding Dallas Vegas Batilly. 

Just weeks after his win in Tokyo, Ben married his partner and fellow showjumper Sophie. They now share two-year-old Cooper, who's already showing his parents' love of horses. 

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Point break

  • Known as: Bodhi
  • Owners: Charlotte Rossetter, Pamela Wright and Ben Maher
  • Colour: Bay
  • Sex: Stallion
  • Age: 10
  • Height: 16.2hh
  • Bloodlines: Action-Breaker x Balou du Rouet
  • Breeder: Nya Äppelvikens Ridskola AB (SWE)
  • Groom: Derren Lake

Named after Patrick Swayze's character in the 1991 film Point Break, Bodhi joined Ben's enviable string in 2021 – and, although still young, is proving a talented addition. They spent their first season together building their partnership in young horse and CSI1* classes, including a top-five finish at the prestigious Sparkassen-Youngsters Cup at CHIO Aachen. 

Bodhi made his CSI5* debut the following year, including a return to CHIO Aachen and his first appearance at the Global Champions Tour. They've stayed consistent at the level ever since, regularly finishing inside the top 10. 

The stallion made his British team debut in March this year, at the Longines League of Nations in Ocala. This was followed by a second League of Nations appearance at Rotterdam, where he and Ben jumped a double clear to help the Brit's finish in third – the perfect set-up for this summer. 

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Alternate combination: Joseph Stockdale

  • Age: 24
  • Based in: Roade, Northamptonshire
  • World ranking: 187
  • Olympic Games: debut

Joe is the son of Olympic showjumper Tim Stockdale, who competed at Beijing in 2008. While Joe only took up showjumping professionally a few years ago, his rise in the sport has been rapid – he represented Great Britain at last year’s FEI Jumping European Championships, placed second in the U25 British Championship at the London International Horse Show shortly after, and earned a place on British Equestrian’s World Class Programme and a coveted spot in the European elite Young Riders Academy.

As a child, Joe was a member at Oakley Hunt West Pony Club, taking part in mounted games before moving onto tetrathlon, showjumping and cross-country. His aim was always to be a professional cricketer, with jumping left as a weekend hobby. Joe was signed to a club in Australia in 2018, but an injury to his knee forced him to turn down the opportunity – an injury that he found didn't hurt when he was in the saddle. After taking on Tim's rides following his cancer diagnosis, Joe made the brave decision to make a career in showjumping. 

Joe made his senior championship debut at the FEI European Championship in 2022 with Cacharel, where he was the youngest rider in the field at just 21 years old. This was followed by a call-up the following year for the FEI World Championship, where he helped the British team to take a historic bronze medal. 

Paris 2024 will make Joe's Olympic debut. 

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  • Known as: Cash
  • Owners: Joy Cocklin and Laura Stockdale
  • Colour: Bay
  • Sex: Mare
  • Height: 17hh
  • Age: 10yrs
  • Bloodlines: Cachas x Quinar
  • Breeder: Bohm Helmut (GER)
  • Groom: Charlotte Attwell

Cash has been on the Stockdales' yard since she was three years old, after they recognised her star potential at a loose horse auction, and Joe's father, the late Tim Stockdale, was always convinced that she could make it to an Olympic Games. Personality-wise, Joe refers to her as 'a right diva who knows she’s the best', but also acknowledges that she's likely to be his horse of a lifetime. 

Joe took over the ride on Cash when she was eight. They've come up the levels and learned together and, at the start of 2021, they jumped two four-star Grand Prix classes and were seventh and second. They were selected for the FEI Jumping European Championship in 2021, where they impressed spectators despite their youth and inexperience. Since then, they have made numerous FEI Jumping Nations Cup appearances, including double clear at Rotterdam in June. 

In 2022, they were selected for the FEI Jumping World Championship in Herning, where they 

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