Harry Meade is regarded as one of Britain’s leading event riders, widely respected in the equestrian world for his quiet and sympathetic style of riding. Harry recently represented Great Britain as part of the silver medal winning team in the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy.
Harry’s success at top level comes as no surprise when you look at his background; his late father, Richard Meade, won three Olympic gold medals and the family are all keen equestrians.
As a young boy Harry grew up hunting as well as being a member of the local Pony Club, the starting board for many a top equestrian. He was inspired to take up eventing by the international working pupils that came to train with his father.
In the early days of Harry’s career he took every opportunity to pick up rides, whilst also working as a stable jockey for William Fox-Pitt throughout his time at Bristol University. Harry credits his time with William as shaping him as a rider ‘quietly giving them time and focussing on the long term’.
Harry has been well placed at four star level for many years but 2014 added significantly to the thirty-one years olds’ success. Third at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials after completing the most challenging cross country course of recent years Harry got the call up to the FEI Nations Cup™ Event in Aachen and then again to the World Equestrian Games where the team won a silver medal.
Harry is the youngest rider to have ever received, a much sought after, Armarda dish, which is awarded for five Badminton completions; having completed nine (and placed at as many) Harry has definitely proved himself a worthy recipient of this prestigious award.
Now a full time event rider and proud father of two children with his wife Rosie, Harry runs his string of 10 horses from his family base near Chippenham, Wiltshire.
Harry is on to the 2015 Lottery-funded World Class Squad for the seventh consecutive year and is currently a member of the GB Nations Cup Squad.
Harry is as dedicated to his family as he is to his sport, even having to help in the delivery of his second child, Charlie, when Rosie went into early labour. Harry has two children Charlie and an elder daughter, Lily.
What Harry Feeds
"The vast majority of my horses compete on Dodson & Horrell Staypower Cubes; they are a great form of slow release energy and have a high concentration of vitamins and minerals – the ideal diet for most event horses.
All of my horses also have Alfalfa with every feed; it’s a great source of fibre, helps digestion and stops them from bolting their hard feed"