HOW I MAKE IT WORK
GORING HEATH BE100open winner, Johnny Hornby, is a father of five who juggles eventing four horses with his City-based role as a founding partner of a global advertising agency.
“I ride as often as I can, but I am fortunate to have help from both Chris Hall and Tina Cook,” explained the 50-year-old first-time winner. “If I want to event midweek I try to be incredibly nice to entries secretaries and ask for early times so I can make it into the office by lunchtime and pretend to have been there all day.”
Johnny was bouncing back from a serious fall in the spring, which left him “needing to be pieced back together by a chiropractor”. “Fortunately, Chris and Tina kept [his Goring winner] MHS Cooley Flash ticking over for me,” continued Chris, who bought the Irish-bred gelding from Richard Sheane.
The Hornby family had further cause for celebration at Goring when Johnny’s 13-year-old daughter, Maddie, jumped clear across country in her first BE100.