Georgie Strang joins Wiltshire's international eventing elite - moving to Sir Mark Todd's Badgerstown base
Georgie Strang has joined the Marlborough area’s unique stable of top eventers - joining Sir Mark Todd’s yard at Badgerstown on the edge of the Marlborough Downs.
Previously, she had lived in Kent - where she started her equestrian career having a string of successes with the Romney Marsh Pony Club and later taking part in top level showing.
Georgie has progressed easily through the eventing ranks. Since turning to eventing, Highlights to date have included her being short listed for Team GB Junior Eventing, and more recently representing her country at Nations Cup Events and making regular appearances in top 4* level competitions.
Now she is moved to Wiltshire and is based at Sir Mark Todd's Badgerstown stables - which are renowned for being a world class equestrian set up housing many of the best event horses and athletes in the world.
Georgie’s partner, New Zealand eventer Jesse Campbell, who was previously based at Todd's yard, is now based at his own stables near Ramsbury - close enough for the couple to share training ideas and competition schedules.
The Badgerstown yard first became famous when National Hunt jockey Stan Mellor retired and turned to training, bought it and made it into a successful training yard. Set on the edge of the Marlborough Downs it is easy to see why the area suits both racehorses and eventers.
Georgie Strang reports that her horses are fitter than ever - reaping the benefits of the surrounding rolling countryside. This was a very welcome benefit for Team Strang as they built towards Georgie’s first Badminton 4* appearance on Diana Morrish’s Cooley Earl - who she has been riding since March 2013.
Badminton is always spoken of as one of the best 4* events in the world. The 2018 competition was considered to be tough all round - especially on the cross-country course. Dire wet weather at the start of the season, followed by late sunny spells during the event, led to fairly tacky ground on the day.
Notwithstanding the course and the state of the ground, Georgie and Cooley Earl dug deep and, despite a challenging cross country round, completed their first Badminton.
Georgie Strang has brought to Badgerstown a string of horses for the 2018 season that has great strength and depth. Along with top horse Cooley Earl a few to watch out for, are six year-old Monbeg Odyssey (a former four year-old eventing champion), 3* campaigner Ascot H who looks to be making a successful comeback from injury, and rising star Red Hot Cooley.
Georgie has noted that for both herself and her team of horses it has been hugely beneficial to be surrounded by fellow equestrian athletes and the amazing new facilities to make the most of. With the major Spring competition of Badminton now ticked off and with such a stellar set up and team around her, Georgie is well on her way to a successful 2018 season - and beyond.
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