CAROLINE HARRIS – Early career

Date of Birth: 31/12/89

The Beginnings – Pony Club

Caroline started riding at about 5 years old at the Ridgway Stables on Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, when the family were living in Wandsworth, London.
In the summer term of 1998, Caroline went to join her older siblings, Alexander and Katie, at Ashdown House School in West Sussex and they kept ponies nearby. Caroline inherited Katie’s pony, Sonny, (when Katie grew out of him) and was a member of the Eridge Pony Club.

When she was 10 years old, the family moved to Somerset, where they were able to have the ponies at home and joined the Blackmore Vale Pony Club.
When she grew out of Sonny her next pony was a little grey, Bluey who was very naughty, but loved hunting and they both used to stay out right to the end of the day.

Early Competitive Career

In 2003, Caroline took on a 4 year old Carromore Gemstone (Easy) and together they reached the Blue Chip Show Jumping Championships Final and were successful in pony trials, sowing the seeds for her competitive eventing ambitions.

Her next pony was called The Lap Dancer (Dusk) on whom she finished 3rd at the Chepstow Under18 Championships, following which they were shortlisted for the Junior Team and subsequently long-listed for the Young Riders.

Stepping up to Seniors

Her next horse was The Undertaker (Herbie) who she produced from Novice to finish second at Tattersalls 2star; jumping her first Advanced on him at Aston-le-Walls.

In 2012 she moved to Sam Griffiths’ yard and purchased Billy Bumble from the Billy Stud as a 4 year old. Over the last few years she has risen through the ranks to 3star level and developed a highly respected reputation for producing young horses.