Emma Thomas


Emma Thomas on horse


Emma, 22-years-old from Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, took to horses at an early age, taking weekly riding lessons as a child. After years of pestering her parents, Emma was given her first pony aged nine.

Emma became interested in Eventing after watching Opposition Buzz go cross-country at Badminton. It looked incredibly exciting, and she decided it was the sport for her! Emma began in the Warwickshire Hunt Pony Club, eventually going on to win the Open Show Jumping Championships at Hickstead and the Open Eventing Championships individually.

Emma also represented team Central for three years in a row at the U18 National Championships. The support from the team staff there was invaluable, guiding her through her first long formats wonderfully.

In the past few years, she has produced a couple of horses right the way through to Advanced and CCI4* level. Enjoying working with them and watching them progress has been very rewarding.

A highlight of Emma’s career to date has been producing her first horse to jump clear around the Novice, Intermediate and Open Championships in consecutive championships. The icing on the cake was picking up a placing at the British Open in 2021.

Now, with some more fantastic young horses coming through the next few seasons are looking very exciting for Emma. Her aim is GBR Senior Team selection, but she is also looking forward to hopefully competing at CCI5* level and on the Nations Cup teams in the coming years.