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Jane Holderness-Roddam CBE and Tiger's Eye ll, who she rode last year at the competition at West Wilts for charity. She is heading to Kihikihi as a judge this year.



International eventing judge Jane Holderness-Roddam CBE has always admired the Kiwis she has seen in the UK, and she’s looking forward to see first-hand the grass roots of the sport at the Kihikihi International Horse Trial.
Her involvement has come through Kihikihi judge and TD, Brit-turned-Aussie PollyAnn Huntington. She will be judging at Huntington’s Wayer event as well.
Holderness-Roddam’s involvement in equestrian is extensive and goes back many years. She is a gold-medal winning Olympian as a member of the eventing team at the 1968 Mexico games where she was the first British woman to compete in the Olympic Three Day Event. She is a hugely successful rider, author, judge, trainer, steward and more.
She has twice won Badminton – in 1968 on Our Nobby and a decade later on Warrior. She won Burghley in 1976 on Warrior.
In 1998 she was awarded the LVO (Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order) as Lady in Waiting to the Princess Royal. In 2006 the CBE (a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) and in 2009 Queen’s Award for services to equestrianism.
She has competed in showjumping, dressage and showing, and just last year was back in the competition saddle – after a 15-year break – at a BE 100 event, where she raised £15,000 for the Brooke and World Horse Welfare.
She judges across the disciplines – from eventing to children’s ponies, hack and hunters, is a former council chair of the BEF, president of the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy, British Equestrian Trade Association, British Eventing and the Caspian Horse Society, and patron of the Sidesaddle Association.
Holderness-Roddam has officiated at Bramham, Blenheim, Blair Castle Burgie, Tattersalls, Punchestown, Nunney, Bicton, Aldon, Jersey Fresh, Chatsworth and more.
She lives with her family at West Kingson Stud, 1000 acres of farmland that is a stud, stallion centre, competition yard and farm.
She and husband Tim helped set up the stud and stallion centre which is now run by Tessa Clarke, while Holderness-Roddam runs the competition yard and her husband the farm.
And as busy and fullfilling as that all sounds, she is still very excited about heading Down Under.
“I am really looking froward to meeting the organisers and riders, and learning more about eventing in New Zealand,” says Holderness-Roddam. “We have numerous New Zealand riders in Britain and I have always been full of admiration for their no-nonsense approach to the sport.”
It’s not her first visit to New Zealand either – many years ago she judged at the Auckland Show.
While here, she and Tim are hoping to make the most of their visit, exploring the local area and visiting various studs.


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Date Added: Saturday, 30th January 2016


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