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Harry MEADE, British Eventing athlete.

Name Harry MEADE
FEI ID 10004298
Gender Male
Date of Birth 04/07/1983
Competing for Great Britain - GBR
Registration Eventing 2019
Last update 13/08/2019
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Eventing 70x70
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? His father competed in the sport internationally, so he began riding as soon as he could walk and grew up surrounded by horses and elite riders. "From the age of about two or three, all I wanted to do was follow in my father's footsteps and try and get to the top in eventing."
Why this sport? "I have always loved horses and wanted to event since I was a small boy. My father retired from competing when I was young, but there were always working pupils of all nationalities based with us when we were growing up. They were like brothers and sisters at the time. [Australian eventer] Matt Ryan used to read me a bedtime story every night, so it was obviously very exciting following them and not surprising that I wanted to event when I was older."
Club / Team Church Farm: Chippenham, ENG
Name of coach Yogi Breisner, SWE; Rowland Fernyhough [jumping]
Training Regime He rides up to eight horses a day. He competes three days a week, and spends the rest of his time riding and working his horses.
General Interest
Hobbies Listening to audio books, hunting, shooting. (, 29 Nov 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement Finishing third at the 2014 Badminton Horse Trials in England. (, 06 Feb 2017)
Most influential person in career His father, and British eventer William Fox-Pitt. (, 01 Sep 2017;, 04 May 2015)
Hero / Idol British eventers William Fox-Pitt and Mary King, Australian eventer Sam Griffiths. (, 01 May 2012)
Injuries In August 2013 he shattered and dislocated both elbows following a rotational fall from his horse Shannondale Santiago at the Wellington Horse Trials in England. With 25 breaks in his right arm alone, he was initially told that he would never ride again, but after six months and five operations he had recovered sufficiently to get back on a horse. "I was strapped up in limb braces with very limited movement but as soon as I jumped a few fences, I was in my element." (, 16 Jun 2018;, 27 Aug 2015;, 27 Aug 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He rides wearing a white shirt. "It is not a lucky shirt particularly, but it is nice to be able to ride in the same colours as my father." (, 04 Dec 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Be patient with progress. Take your time and remember that short cuts taken in the early stages of training are more than likely to cause problems later on." (Eventing Special, 23 Jan 2013)
Awards and honours In 2014 he won the Event Horse Owner's Association's Rider Award, and was named the British Equestrian Writers' Association Leading Rider and Horse & Hound magazine's Rider of the Year. He also won the Event Rider's Association Rider's Choice Award and Against All Odds Award in the same year. (, 16 Jun 2018;, 18 Dec 2014;, 26 Nov 2014;, 07 Nov 2014) In 2007 he received the Jemima Johnson Memorial Trophy from British Eventing [BE]. (, 16 Jun 2018)
Famous relatives His late father Richard won three gold medals in eventing at the Olympic Games [team gold in 1968 and individual and team gold in 1972]. (, 16 Jun 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 20 May 2015)
Ambitions To win the Badminton Horse Trials in England, and to win gold at the Olympic Games. (, 23 Oct 2018)
Other information STABLES He and his wife Rosie run stables in West Littleton, England. He trains and trades horses, and coaches riders in eventing and hunting. (, 08 May 2019;, 01 Nov 2011) FATHER'S LEGACY His father won Olympic gold medals at a time when Great Britain was not a strong force at the Olympic Games, and he says his father's legacy has influenced his attitude towards the sport. "Britain only won four gold medals at the 1972 [Olympic] Games, and two of them were in eventing. [So] every shopkeeper or taxi driver around the country was familiar with eventing and its protagonists. Anywhere [we] went, people would ask for his autograph or a photo, and that's quite impressionable on a young child. [But] he didn't like the concept of celebrity. He always cared about the sport, much more than about his own standing within it. He put a lot of work in for the good of the sport and horse welfare, and I don't want that to all be in vain. I do feel quite a large responsibility to try and put something back into this sport myself, and I know that has come from my father." (British Horse, 01 Sep 2018) HORSE TRAGEDY After a fall in 2013 in which he shattered both elbows, against the advice of his medical team and family he set his sights on competing at the 2014 Badminton Horse Trials in England with Wild Lone. They finished third. That year, he and Wild Lone represented Great Britain at the World Equestrian Games [WEG] in Normandy, France, but after a clear cross-country round the horse collapsed and died in the washing off area. "It was heartbreaking, but we had no option other than to accept it and remember the wonderful times together. There was no avoidable reason for it, which made it easier to come to terms with." (, 16 Jun 2018;, 04 May 2015) EMERGENCY DELIVERY His son Charlie was born in January 2014, and arrived so quickly that there was insufficient time for Meade's wife Rosie to get to hospital. Meade delivered the baby himself at the couple's home in Wiltshire, England. "Called 999 this morning, the words, 'You're going to have to deliver the baby yourself' wasn't [the] expected response. Delighted mum and babe are fine." (, 24 Jan 2014) OTHER ACTIVITIES He has served as riders representative for the Event Horse Owners Association [EHOA]. He has also written articles and columns for the Western Daily Press and Horse & Hound magazine, and worked as a television commentator on eventing in the UK. "I'm a real enthusiast when it comes to discussing cross-country riding. I don't like hot air or 'fluff' during commentary so I try to be as honest as I can in pointing out the differences between the well-ridden and poorly executed rounds." (, 16 Jun 2018;, 01 Sep 2017;, 2016)
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Rosie, daughter Lily, son Charlie [2014]
Residence Chippenham, ENG
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner, Coach, Horse Trainer
Languages English
Higher education Visual Arts - University of Bristol: England