Army Eventing Team 2019

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Captain Emma Lee-Smith (Army Air Corps)

Emma has competed her horse JD in eventing over the past 4 years, starting at BE90 and progressing to Novice level over the past 2 seasons. They have enjoyed a successful, all be it short due to injury, 2018 with 4 top 5 placings. They hope to continue competing at Novice level in 2019 and hope to complete an International 2* long format (previously CCI*) event by the end of the season. Emma also has competed her other horse Dan, being a part of the 2018 Army Dressage team, as well as competing in Side Saddle and Ladies Hunter classes.

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Lt Amy Cooper, 12 Regiment Royal Artillery


I have owned Mojo for seven years, he is a dapple grey 10yo gelding. He has competed successfully to 2* long format (previously CCI*) level in eventing with several placings at Novice and BE100 level. We won the eventers grand prix in March at the DAC both the intermediate and open classes. I then went on Op CABRIT and then on a Nordic Ski season so I did not get to event last year. He has been kept in work and competition whilst I was away by my father so he is fit and ready to compete and I hunted him during the Christmas leave. He is comfortable jumping up to 1m 20 competitively and he gets good marks in his dressage. He is very straight forward and quiet horse who doesn’t require much preparation. He is an absolutely epic hunter and loves a day with the Quorn or Readyfield. I worked full time with horses before joining the Army working for Vere and Clea Phillipps, Fiona Davidson, Tracey Dillon and Jo Ward.

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Sapper Alex Simpson, Royal Engineers


I am a sapper in the 26 Engineer Regiment, traded as an electrician. I grew up eventing horses in Ireland from a young age in the Meath Hunt Pony Club, as my dad breeds sport horses. Prior to joining the Army, I competed several horses across all levels from youngsters at intro level to 4* short format (previously CIC***). Most of them homebreds. 


SSgt Lisa Leighton, DATR


SSgt Lisa Leighton from the Kings Troop RHA currently an Instructor at the Defence Animal Training Regiment. I’ve competed at British Eventing for a couple of years. Last season was my first on MWH Katio aka Colin (Clearman) and I achieved my goal of going BE100 by the end of the season, but it had its ups and downs. This season I would like to try and reach a grassroots regional final.


Captain Sean Nicholls, Defence Animal Training Regiment