Tanya Buckingham

Tanya Buckingham is a British Event Rider and produces, competes and looks after all her own horses, along with horses for owners. 

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Tanya has grown up with horses, despite coming from a family who knew nothing about horses. Tanya started riding at the age of 3 and spent all her spare time at Carol Thompson's yard where she learnt how to ride anything and everything! Tanya was bought her first pony at the age of 9 and despite her only having one speed (fast) had great fun with her. Tanya started being really competitive with her second pony William. Tanya was on all the Pony Club Teams, hunted and did unaffiliated ODEs. Pony Club was a fantastic grounding for learning all disciplines and all stable management skills and was where she first learnt about British Eventing.

When she was 14, Tanya bought Scally as a 4yr old with the view to doing Pony Club Teams on, however she exceeded all expectations by not only doing all Pony Club Teams, but also representing the North at 3 JRN Championships; Great Britain in the 2004 Junior European Championships and then going Advanced. At the age of 16 Tanya was given the chance to buy Scally’s brother Jack and she jumped at the chance! He was a very difficult horse to produce - he worries a lot and was very accident prone, but with a lot of hard work and time to build up his trust, Tanya managed to get him to 3 star level, before he was sadly retired due to arthritis. 

Tanya’s other advanced horse Bud, was bought to replace Scally when she was injured, and Tanya was selected to represent GB at the Young Rider Europeans in 2006 on him. Sadly in January 2007 Tanya had a skiing accident and snapped the ACL in her knee and was unable to try for the team again that year. After having an op on her knee in July 2007, Tanya was back eventing at a high level. She was once again short listed for the Europeans on Bud in 2009 and 2013 on an owners horse but unfortunately came off a young horse in April and snapped her other ACL so missed another season. Tanya is now back in the saddle and looking forward to a new season. Tanya is currently competing at CCI** with Sparkle and hopes to go Advanced with him this year. Bob is now at Advanced and PSG Dressage and Tanya also has a couple of horses she is riding for Eva Trotter.

Along side Eventing, Tanya is an active member of British Dressage and BSJA, competing up to Advanced and Foxhunter level. Tanya was a member of the Zetland Pony Club and she passed her A Test. Tanya does a lot of teaching at the Pony Club and tries to help the local riding clubs, Darlington & District and Barnard Castle, too along side teaching her own clients. 


  • Represented North JRN Team 3 times
  • Represented GB at both Young Rider and Junior      Europeans
  • 4th at CCI** Puncestown (Jack)
  • 5th at Floors Castle CIC** (Bud)
  • 5th at Burnham Market CIC** (Bud)
  • 1st at Aldon PN 3Day Event (Topic)
  • On short list for European CCI** Team 2009
  • On short list for European CCI** Team 2013
  • Selected for Northern Foundation Squad 2009
  • Pony Club A Test 2009
  • BHS Stage 3
  • BHS AI
  • One of the first to be selected for TASS funding (Talented Athletes Support Scheme)
  • Team trainer for Zetland Pony Club 


  • Bob - Imperial Flight - 16.2hh 14 year old Brown Gelding Advanced / PSG Dressage by Master Imp
  • Sparkle - Burlea Seamerchant - 16hh 9 year old gelding by Atlantic Sparky - competing at CCI** and will hopefully go Advanced this year
  • Sonyk - Sonyk D'Alemps -17.1hh 7 year old hunter, dressage and BSJ - currently for sale
  • Nan - Velvet Moon - 16hh 8 year old mare owned by Eva Trotter - competes at Novice / Elementary Dressage
  • Molly - 16hh 4 year old mare owned by Eva Trotter - will be doing BE this year
  • Bud, Jack, Scally, Bazil and Buck are all retired
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    Qualified BSHII

    The last few weeks have been quite quiet on the horse front, Sparkle went up to Hopetoun to compete in the CCI** but unfortunately he was very flat and quiet during his test and wasn't himself.

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    The Ups and Downs of Eventing!

    I've had my ups and downs with Sparkle recently whist out competing. He wasn't feeling himself at Richmond Horse Trials, but after a session with the physio and a few days rest Sparkle was back on form.

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    Sparkling New Gear for Sparkle

    It's been a busy few weeks here, firstly we took delivery of our very smart new little box made by Alexander's - it's fab and the horses seem to love traveling in it!  The box had its first run out to Weston Park where Sparkle was entered in his first Advanced.

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    A Wet & Muddy Week!

    Last week kicked off with a lesson with Paul Hayler on Sparkle...he was amazing! We worked on his single changes and trying to get him to sit more and come more uphill in front - even Paul was impressed with how much he had come on, a compliment indeed!

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    Sparkle's First Run

    Sparkle had a fab first run of the season at Oasby in the ON but since then it's been very busy - I have been doing loads of teaching, including some very busy clinics at Foxberry Chasers

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    Excited for the Season

    Well it's nearly that time of the year again....the eventing season!! I start next week at Oasby with Sparkle having an easy first run around the Open Novice. He is feeling very well at the moment and it's safe to say we are very excited about starting eventing again!

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    Wedding Bells are Ringing

    We had a quiet Christmas in terms of horses because I got married on New Years Eve, so we spent the lead up to it planning and making things! The horses were still ticked over either a little bit of schooling or lunge/ hack depending on the weather!

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    Winding down for Winter..not so much!

    I thought that the end of the eventing season would mean I would have more time, but it turns out its as busy as ever! I have been mad busy teaching and I'm keeping all of the horses in work over the winter concentrating on dressage and show jumping!

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    End of the Season

    Our eventing season finished at Osberton with Sparkle in the CCI**,  all in all it was good week and gives Sparkle a solid foundation for next year!

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    Buck's Early Retirement

    This week we have some very sad news, Buck is showing early signs of arthritis in his front feet. This is totally devastating but on a positive note we have caught it early enough for him to receive treatment and still be able to showjump on a surface.

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