Piggy French is one of the busiest – and most successful – riders on the circuit. She first rode for Britain at championship level at the 2001 Young Rider Europeans in Waregem, Belgium, finishing fourth individually and winning team gold with Flintlock II.
Born in Leicestershire, Piggy grew up surrounded by ponies. Her real name is Georgina, but she was given the name Piggy by her sister who thought her sibling resembled Piglet from Winnie The Pooh.
Piggy had ‘half in mind’ a career in art and photography, but left her course after a term when she discovered she couldn’t live without being competitive – and that involved horses. The decision quickly paid dividends and once in the senior ranks, she made her debut at Badminton Horse Trials in 2003 finishing 31st aboard Flintlock II.
In 2004 Piggy was crowned the Under 25 Champion at Bramham. She benefited from a giant payday in 2006 when she pocketed £25,000 for winning the Liberte Shropshire Slam, a prize for any rider (or owner of a horse) with three consecutive wins in any international section at Weston Park’s autumn fixture and the Sansaw CIC2*. In 2007 she won Le Lion D’Angers seven-year-old championships with Castaway II and was 12th at Burghley three-day event on Paris.
Piggy received her first senior squad call-up when she was pulled off the reserves bench to represent Britain at the 2009 European Championships, riding Some Day Soon. She made a dazzling squad debut, claiming the individual silver medal behind fellow Brit Tina Cook. A year later, Piggy rode as an individual at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky on Jakata, finishing 16th.
Piggy gained her first success at senior three-star level with DHI Topper W at Blenheim in 2011 and they won the Olympic test event the same year. The same combination was selected for London 2012 along with Jakata but both horses were injured, ruling Piggy out of the Olympics.
In 2013, Piggy was selected for the European Championships at Malmo with Tinkas Time, on whom she had won Barbury CIC3*, but cruelly equine injury once again prevented her participation.
Seapatrick Dark Cruise was Piggy’s biggest points scorer in 2015 with a fourth place finish in the CCI*** at Tattersalls and 14th place at Blenheim CCI***. However, 2015 has been a rebuilding year with a focus on producing young horses up the levels. She rode six horses in the National
Young Horse Championships at Osberton with AKD Corline being crowned the four year old Champion whilst Piggy also took second and third in the five year old Championship, second in the six year old Championship and sixth in the seven year old Championship. Jump Jet and Morswood were selected to represent Great Britain at the World Breeding Eventing Championships at Le Lion D’Angers to crown an exciting year for Piggy suggesting a bright future ahead.
Piggy is based in Northamptonshire where she has a purpose built yard to house her exciting team. Piggy’s loyal owners include comedian Jennifer Saunders, the pair met while making a television programme in 2012.
What Piggy Feeds
"Build Up Conditioning Cubes – these are great for maintaining the weight and condition of our horses that are working really hard throughout the season."