Harry Meade

harry meade

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  • Winning best placed rider under 25 at Burghley for three consecutive years
  • Youngest rider to receive an Armada dish for five Badminton competitions
  • Team silver in the 2014 World Championships
  • Third at Badminton Horse Trials 2014
  • Voted the Event Horse Owners Association Rider of the Year in 2014
  • Eventing Riders Association Rider of the Year in 2014
  • British Equestrian Writers’ Association Rider of the Year 2014
  • Horse & Hound Rider of the Year 2014
  • Sixth at Burghley in 2018

Notable Horses

Midnight Dazzler
Tinka’s Time
Wild Lone
Away Cruising



Team GB eventer

Harry is one of Britain’s leading event riders. He was a member of the silver medal-winning team at the 2014 World Championships and earlier that year came third at Badminton Horse Trials.

Harry Meade has completed a total of 16 four
star events and came sixth at Burghley in 2018.

Eventing is in Harry’s blood as his late father, Richard Meade, won a string of medals, including three Olympic golds, two golds at the World Championships and three European golds. He also claimed Badminton twice and Burghley once.

From a young age, Harry showed a natural affinity with eventing and was the National Pony Club eventing champion and the following year a member of the British Junior team.

While at Bristol University Harry was stable jockey to William Fox-Pitt, where he
took on the ride on Midnight Dazzler, a notoriously difficult horse.

The 20-year-old Harry Meade put everything into overcoming the challenges and developed a strong partnership, which saw the pair become one of the most consistent four-star
combinations on the international circuit.

Harry credits his time with William as shaping him as a rider, and trainer – with patience the key to getting the most from his horses.

His approach certainly paid off, as he won the prize for the best-placed rider under 25 at Burghley for three consecutive years, and he remains the youngest rider to have ever received an Armada dish for five Badminton completions.

In August 2013 Harry suffered a rotational fall, that nearly ended his career.

However, with grit and determination – and some very clever doctors – he was soon back riding and incredibly came third at Badminton within months of his accident, riding the talented but quirky Lone Star.

He then went on to represent Team GB at the World Championships, taking silver.

However, Lone Star tragically died after the cross-country, when he slipped and fell during the cool down and broke his neck.

Once again, Harry picked himself up and bravely carried on.

He now has a string of talented horses, including Away Cruising, with whom he came sixth at Burghley Horse Trials in 2018.

Harry Meade’s helmet of choice