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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    The Boys are Back at Home!

    Today the first of my horses came back to the yard! Sonyk who has been at Will's came home and it's lovely to see him tucked up in bed at the yard!

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    Learning from Experience

    On Tuesday I had the pleasure of teaching the Dengie Pony Club Winter League prizedraw winner at Richmond Equestrian Centre. Sophie had actually won on her older loan pony but came along with her new 5 year old mare Poppy.

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    A win for Sparkle at Aske Hall!

    Wow … what a few weeks! Both Sparkle and Buck were competing in the Novice sections at Skipton Horse Trials. Both did nice tests but I think there’s still room for improvement – being the demanding owner! Buck jumped a fabulous double clear to finish just out of the top ten.

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    Going round the bend not being able to ride!

    Well it's 6 weeks after my fall and so far I have had one operation on my knee! I must admit I'm not very keen on all this sitting around and not being active!! Luckily I am able to teach, with help doing jumps, so I am still getting out and about a little bit.

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    A trip to A&E is never good news

    Last week Susie Gibson was here for show jumping sessions; Carrot, Maisie, Sparkle and Sonyk all went. We worked on straightness on approach and landing and also on keeping the canter moving on around turns. All the horses were fab and came away very happy!

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    A special mention for Maisie

    Phew – have I had a busy week! Buck was competing at Eden Valley in the BE100; he did a good test and a fab double clear. We went slowly XC as I was one of the last to go and couldn't really see in the low sun light!! He was a star!

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    Training with the Wallabies

    Having missed Burnham Market last week due to being snowed in, it was a great relief to actually get out and about with the horses over the weekend!

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    It's meant to be Spring!

    I'm sure we’re meant to be in spring now....however we seem to back in November with this ridiculous weather!

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