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HRH Princess Royal


We are incredibly grateful and extremely proud that HRH The Princess Royal (former Olympic Eventer and European Eventing Champion) has agreed to become President of the BE Support Trust.



Ian Stark OBE

Chair of Trustees

Ian Stark has enjoyed enormous success in the world of eventing.

  • 4 Olympic Silvers
  • 1 team gold, 1 team silver and 1 individual silver at World Championships
  • 1 individual Gold, 1 individual silver and 1 individual bronze – plus 6 team golds – at European Championships
  • Team gold and individual bronze in Poland at the 1986 alternative World Champs
  • Three Badminton wins and the (as yet) unequalled record of being the only rider to ever become 1st and 2nd in the same year in 1988

An abundance of three day event wins – too numerous to recall but with Bramham being a particular favourite and lucky place! 

All in all Ian has ridden 18 horses to 4 star level, supported throughout his career by some truly wonderful owners and sponsors. Ian retired from teams in 2000 and then (allegedly!) retired fully in 2007.

Ian’s eventing career diversified and from 2001 to 2012 he was a selector of the British team and in 2004 he trained the Brazilian team for the Athens Olympics. In 2007 Ian became is BBC commentator and can be heard.

In 2005 Ian started cross country course designing at Chatsworth, encouraged by Mike Etherington Smith and The Duchess of Devonshire. This was the start of his new career in eventing and he now designs throughout Britain, Ireland and the USA.

In 2015 he designed his first Championship track for the European Championships at, Blair Castle in Scotland.  Ian now designs up to five-star level, with his biggest UK events being Chatsworth CCI**** and Bramham CCI****/CIC****.  

Ian has designed at 4 star level in Ireland, most notably at Tattersalls, and across the USA, including Richland Park in Michigan, Rebecca Farm in Montana and Galway Downs in California and was excited to design his first 5 star event at Fair Hill, in Maryland USA in October 2021.

Ian also rode in Point-to-Points for 12 years, he rode a handful of point-to-point winners but his race riding ended following a fall at Cheltenham in 1993 which ended in hospital.

Ian will freely admit that race riding was not his forte, but he has trained several successful horses. For the last sixteen years Ian has been an Honorary Steward for the British Horseracing Authority and also sits on the
BHA Judicial Panel.

Ian Barratt


Ian is a Partner in the international law firm Kirkland & Ellis, a role which sees him representing a number of the world’s leading private equity firms.

Outside of work, Ian spends his time following his daughters in their equestrian activities. His eldest daughter is very active on the British Eventing circuit while his youngest daughter competes her horse in RDA competitions nationally.

Lexi Hambro


Lexi rode and competed as an amateur, before concentrating on her career in commercial and private aviation. Lexi spent many happy years in aviation working her way up to board level and living between
different Countries before setting up a number of companies.
Along with her husband Jonathan, the couple have gone from owning a quarter share of a horse to owning many horses. Most of their horses are based with professional, British riders. Their horse ‘HH Moonwalk’
won the 2020 7YO Championship with Tom Jackson.

In 2021 the couple decided to turn their hobby into a business and started a breeding programme, in the hope of breeding the next generation of British stars and in the same year Lexi also set up the ‘Hambro Scholarship’ that invited riders (who lacked both horsepower and training assistance) to apply for a horse and support package. Over 900 riders applied for the opportunity which was awarded later that year.
Lexi has volunteered to raise funds for several established, National charities and over a three-year period raised just under £1m for good causes. In 2022 Lexi set up the ‘Winter Ball’ for the British Eventing Support Trust with the inaugural ball raising over £200,000 for the charity.

Lisa Hancock


Chief Executive, Injured Jockeys Fund Lisa has held the position of CEO at the Injured Jockeys Fund, one of UK racing’s highest profile charities since 2010. Under her leadership the Injured Jockeys Fund has evolved into a highly effective, specialist independent charity serving all current and former UK licensed jockeys and their families. 2019 saw the completion of the Charity’s third rehabilitation centre providing specialist rehabilitation and fitness support for its beneficiaries and for those working in the racing industry. 

Working with Clinical psychologists, Changing Minds, Lisa has introduced a detailed mental wellbeing strategy to the Charity which focuses on supporting and up-skilling all those making up the “family around the jockey”.

She is currently a non-executive director of Chester Racecourse Company and is a member of The Jockey Club. Lisa rode competitively as a point to point jockey under her maiden name of Lisa Rowe and was hugely successful with over 60 wins mainly in the East Anglian region

Mark Sartori


Mark retired from a career in Capital Markets where he worked in European Equities for Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley. He was Co-CEO at Fox-Pitt Kelton. Mark’s last role was building the European Equities and trading businesses at the Royal Bank of Canada. Mark is a Trustee for Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity where he chairs the Investment committee and sits as an observer on the hospital board. Mark is also an consultant, board advisor and Executive coach. Mark rode to advanced level, but now is an owner and has a number of 5 star riders based at his yard in Surrey.

Madeleine Lloyd Webber

Associate Trustee

Madeleine Lloyd Webber was an extremely successful international three day eventer in the 1980’s. She’s represented Great Britain at the Young Rider European Championships at Burghley Horse Trials in 1983, Senior European Championships at Burghley Horse Trials in 1985 and the World Championships in Poland in 1986. She’s competed at 4 Badminton Horse Trials and 5 Burghley Horse Trials finishing second in 1988.

Madeleine was a founder of Watership Down Stud and Kiltain Castle Stud, both thoroughbred studs breeding flat race horses. She is also Director of Newbury Racecourse. Madeleine became President of The Pony Club in 2010, which she has been involved with all her life in various guises; teenager, instructor, pony club mother!

Madeleine is also a Director and Vice Chairman of LW Theatres and the Really Useful Group as well as a Trustee of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

Jane  Holderness-Roddam, CBE, CVO


Olympic gold medallist, two-time Badminton winner and Burghley winner Jane Holderness-Roddam has an incredible depth and breadth of experience and countless contacts in eventing and the wider world of equestrian sport.

As well as being a director of West Kington Stud in Wiltshire and an FEI Judge and Steward, Jane shares her eventing and equestrian knowledge and expertise and has chaired or been a Board Member of various equestrian organisations such as BE, the BHS, the RDA, BETA, World Horse Welfare and Brooke as well as being a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Saddlers and a Patron of the Side Saddle Association.

Patrons & Ambassadors

Nicola & Alastair Wilson

BE Support Trust Patron

We are delighted to be patrons of the BE Support Trust, a charity that is doing so much to assist riders within our sport with their rehabilitation both mentally and physically.

Rupert Batting


I feel very privileged to be an ambassador for the BE Support Trust, I think it’s such a reassurance to know there is easily accessible support available to us as riders should we need it. It’s not always easy to know where to turn to when you’ve suffered from an injury or mentally, so the BE Support Trust can offer a pathway to recovery.

Kate Bleloch


BE Support Trust is a truly brilliant initiative and it’s great to have a support network available to riders – whether that be mental health support or injury rehabilitation.

Laura Collett MBE


I feel very honoured to become a BE Support Trust Ambassador … I think this is a huge step in the right direction for event riders to have a support system for when we get injured. Sadly, injury is part of our sport, therefore it is vital we have a support system to help us get back on board as quickly as possible! I had a horrific fall in 2013 and was very lucky to spend time at Oaksey House rehab centre – which is funded by the Injured Jockeys Fund (Racings equivalent to BE Support Trust) – Without their expertise and advice, I would have been out for a lot longer than I was. I hope everyone gets behind the BE Support Trust.

Heidi Ford


I, like many others, have experienced several injuries over the past 13 years I have been riding, which has put me out of action for periods of time. If I had known about the British Eventing Support Trust, I would have felt much more at ease knowing I had genuine support during my recovery.

It is an honour to represent the British Eventing Support Trust and I am very much looking forward to seeing how they can help our sport

William Fox-Pitt


The security that the BE Support Trust will provide British Eventing members is invaluable. As riders, we don’t expect to have a serious fall / injury and when we do direction and guidance on the best routes to recovery can be lacking. Fortunately, going forward the BE Support Trust will be able to offer assistance, information and support to anyone who is unlucky enough to suffer an eventing related injury.”

Yasmin Ingham


Tom Jackson


I am a very proud supporter of the BE Support Trust. I wholeheartedly back this remarkable organisation because of its unwavering dedication to the well-being of the eventing community. The BE Support Trust goes above and beyond to provide essential assistance to riders during challenging times, offering financial aid, counseling services, and valuable resources. As a professional eventer myself, I recognise the significance of a strong support system in this demanding sport and truly believe in this initiative.

Tom McEwen MBE


Tom McEwen, who is based at Gatcombe in Gloucestershire, was a member of the British team who recently won Team Gold and Individual Silver at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics with Toledo de Kerser. He is a former Under-25 national champion and has represented Great Britain at Pony, Junior, Young Rider and Senior level.

Harry Meade


Eventing is a close-knit community. Whilst we all relish the excitement and challenges of the sport and accept the consequential risks, we all want to support anyone who is struggling – whether it be through serious injury or other major hardship. The BE Support Trust has been set up to formalise that support and help riders in need. It is a wonderful concept and will make a very real difference to those who are faced with adversity.

Rose Nesbitt


BE Support Trust is going to provide a multifaceted support system for event riders which I believe will be widely welcomed in the entire eventing community.

Willa  Newton


I know first-hand just how important and an incredible BEST is. 

To have access to Physio’s and doctors who understand competing at high level is paramount to aiding recovery. BEST not only allows this but gives you access to extra support both mentally and physically allowing you to get back on your feet in the quickest
and best way possible. It is a fantastic support and we as event riders are incredibly lucky to have this support, 

I am hugely behind the Trust and can’t thank them enough for all they do for us.

Rebecca Page


I jumped at the chance to become a BEST ambassador!

After breaking both my legs in a fall out eventing, I have experienced first hand the support that BEST gives us riders, without their incredible help of rehabilitation, I
am not sure I would be back in the saddle. The most incredible charity that I want to be able to give back to!

Libby Seed


I feel very lucky to be one of BE Support trusts ambassadors as it is such a fantastic charity. It is wonderful to know we are supported as riders when we are most in need.

Zara Tindall


Oliver Townend MBE


The BE Support Trust is a wonderful organisation that provides a great support system for riders of all levels, it’s nice to know that there is now something there for you in a sport that is full of highs and lows.

Bubby Upton


Bella Webber


BE Support Trust is a fantastic charity which I know will be welcomed by our whole community. Eventing is one of the toughest sports in the world so having physical and mental support is absolutely vital.