Owen Cooper

"Slow and steady wins the race, take your time in training, don't rush."

About Owen

Owen, age 31 from West Wales, started riding at the age of 12. When he left school he worked in various yards and later set up a yard at home, breaking in. He started eventing when he moved to Triple Olympic Gold medalist Matt Ryan's in 2006. He worked there for 4 years as Matt's back up rider, taking horses up to Intermediate level. He set up his own yard in 2010 in Wigginton, Banbury, also home to International Dressage rider Gareth Hughes. In 2013 Owen and Katie ,moved a couple of miles down the road and are now based at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian with exceptional facilities for producing young event and dressage horses to their best potential. Owen produced his own horse Aramis VIII from BE90 level to 3 star level, going clear XC at Barbury and Hartpury CIC*** in 2011. His top event horse at the moment Supa Splashdown is competing at Advanced level, finishing the 2013 season with a 4th at Wellington 8/9yo Advanced and 10th at Gatcombe CIC**. In September 2015 the pair completed Blenheim International CCI*** with a fantastic clear XC and are aiming to move up to 4 star level during the 2016 season. Owen also has several young event horses that he is currently producing and competing at Novice/Intermediate level. Owen has several exciting dressage horses too. Don Dante, the expressive stallion has been placed in all 4yo, 5yo and 6yo championships. In 2014 they won the Medium Restricted National championships. Most recently they were 3rd in the Advanced Medium winter championships and won the Advanced medium gold summer regionals. Owen is ambitious and hard working and his aim is to compete at top level. He also enjoys producing young horses, he has broken and produced horses for Gareth and Rebecca Hughes, Haydon Price, Henry Boswell and Takeaki Tsuchiya. Katie, age 26 from Oxfordshire, started riding at a young age and was a keen member of the Bicester Pony Club, competing in all area teams. Katie also hunted regularly with the Bicester and Whaddon Chase.

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