HOW I MAKE IT WORK

Horse & Hound - - Eventing -

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.

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