Gordon Murphy

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Gordon Murphy is a British event rider with an international competition record, with a record on participating at FEI shows, horses competed by Gordon Murphy includes Bgs Star Attraction (Capitalisc x Power Blade), Nero Sunset (Nero Astaire x Early Sunset) and Dark Spirit (Spirit Of Darco x Campari). Below you can watch Goron Murphy in action riding Batec in the Intermediate Cross Country at Tweseldown Horse Trials.

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Gordon is different from some other trainers you may have met. His thoughtful, supportive approach makes people and horses get better with less effort and more enjoyment than one would think possible.

Gordon`s lessons are quiet and relaxed and riders are brought along at the pace best suited to their personalities and the abilities of their equine companions. You will never hear angry shouting or belittling remarks. Sometimes the lesson goes so smoothly that a casual observer might think that nothing much is going on, until the rider realizes that he or she has just done something new or special.

Horses learn well in this calm environment and even the nervous ones settle down and relax. One of the most frequent comments from Gordons students seems to be, "Boy, I never thought my horse would do that!".

Gordon`s credentials in a nutshell:

Level 1 Equestrian Coach (working on Level 2)

Nationally certified by Equine Canada (previously the Canadian Equestrian Federation), and the Ontario Equestrian Federation

Holder of International Trainers Passport

Active competitor in Eventing, Jumpers and Dressage since 1986

Riding instructor and coach since 1993

Equestrian experience in Canada, Italy, France and UK

Available for private and group lessons in Fiuggi, near Rome

Offering clinics, private and shared training sessions and freelance instruction within a reasonable driving distance of Fiuggi

Gordon is an Equine Canada certified Level 1 Equestrian Coach, working on Level 2, and also holds an active International Trainers Passport.

For 23 years he has been involved in horse ownership, care and training, and equestrian competition, mostly in Canada and Europe. Gordon has taught in Canada (BC and Ontario), England, Italy and France and is now establishing a new clientele around his home base near Fiuggi.

Since 1987, Gordon has competed extensively in cross-country events up to the Preliminary level on a number of green and young horses, and has been a regular competitor at EC-recognized (Trillium and National) and schooling (Primary) dressage and jumper shows.

Over the years, Gordon has sought to learn from the best and has benefited from top level training in the Olympic disciplines of eventing, dressage and show jumping with some outstanding trainers.

In the 1980`s, he worked regularly with the late hunter/jumper trainer, Carol McGill, and dressage trainer Eleanore (Stegemann) Elstone, who was then Leslie Reid`s coach and partner. In 1994, during a year spent in Italy and England, Gordon had the thrill of officiating at the Badminton 3-Day Event. Back in BC, he was coached by Canadian Olympic eventer David Wilding-Davies, and top Grand Prix jumper rider Mark Laskin. In 2000, Gordon moved his operation to France, where he concentrated on bringing along young and green horses. After relocating to Perth, Ontario, he spent 5 months at Millar Brooke giving his young Holsteiner gelding a solid jumper base under the supportive and intensive tutelage of Jim Kyle and Ian Millar.

Believing that one`s equestrian education never stops, Gordon still takes clinics on an ongoing basis. Listed are some of the top trainers who have greatly influenced his development:

Eventing: Lucinda Green, Ian Stark, David Wilding-Davies, Nick Holmes-Smith, Robin Hahn, Theresa Washtock, Hugh Morshead, Chelan Kozak, Jeanine (Ellingham) Horvath, Dr. Susi Cienciala

Dressage: Peter Engel, Eleanore (Stegemann) Elstone, Christopher Bartle, Cindy Ishoy, Joan Macartney

Show Jumping: Mark Laskin, Conrad Holmfeld, Ian Millar, Robert Ridland, Carol McGill, Pam Arthur

Since 1993 Gordon has been teaching a variety of students of all ages from beginners to more advanced, as well as training horses for his clients in the disciplines of eventing, dressage and jumpers, producing capable, well-educated riders and accomplished horses. His supportive approach has made him particularly successful with adult riders who want to have fun with their horses but need a little help with their confidence.

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Gordon Richards

Gordon Richards

Sir Gordon Richards (5 May 1904 – 10 November 1986) was an English jockey, and is often considered the world`s greatest ever jockey. He remains the only jockey to have been knighted. Gordon Richards was raised in the Shropshire village of Donnington Wood (now part of Telford). His father reared several pit ponies at their home, and it was in this environment that Sir Gordon fostered his love of the equestrian. He rode the ponies bareback from an early age, then from the age of seven, drove the pony and trap passenger service his family ran between Wrockwardine Wood and Oakengates station. It was at that age no doubt that he developed his unique riding style, using a long rein and an upright stance.

After leaving school he took the first step towards becoming a jockey, becoming a stable boy aged 15 at Fox Hollies Stable in Wiltshire, owned by Jimmy White.

It wasn`t long before his riding skills were noticed by his new employer, who gave him his first ride in a race at Lincoln. Not long after his debut he won his first race at Leicester in March 1921. With the determination and single-mindedness that was his trademark, he achieved his dream of becoming a fully-fledged jockey in 1925, and went on to become Champion Jockey in his first year, notching up 118 wins.

Early in 1926, five years after Richards` racing debut, disaster struck the Shropshire jockey. He contracted tuberculosis and had to take time out from racing. But it was while he recuperated from the debilitating disease in a Norfolk sanatorium he met Bill Rowell, a fellow patient who was to have a major influence on his life. Rowell proved to be something of a mentor, teaching the young jockey how to cope with the riches that would come his way, as well as his popularity with high society in the class-ridden system that prevailed in Britain between the wars. The two became firm friends.

By December 1926, Richards was back in the saddle, and returned to winning ways in the 1927 racing season. In 1932 he became stable jockey to Fred Darling, and that season, with 259 victories under his belt, he broke the record for the greatest number of wins in a year, a record which had stood for nearly 50 years. The following year he set a world record winning twelve consecutive races including riding all six winners at Chepstow on 4 October. Achievement followed achievement, with Richards winning the 1947 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket Racecourse aboard Tudor Minstrel by 8 lengths, the largest winning margin in the race since 1900.

Despite these huge successes, there was still one race where a win had always eluded him: The Epsom Derby. In 1942 he won 4 of the 5 `Classics` on horses, but still the big Derby win he craved remained out of his grasp. The 1953 Derby occurred on a week of great national, and personal celebration for Richards himself, as he became the first, and so far only, jockey to receive a knighthood.

This time Sir Gordon rode Pinza, a huge horse for a flat-thoroughbread at 16 hands high, and he rode a terrific race. Pinza was in second position through much of the one and half mile (2414 m) course, competing against the Queen`s own horse Aureole, and sweeping past the Aga Khan III`s horse, Shikampur, into first place with just two furlongs (402 m) remaining. The long-awaited win was accompanied by thunderous cheers from the frenzied crowd. Winning The Derby was undoubtedly Sir Gordon`s crowning victory, and he was promptly summoned from the winners` enclosure to be congratulated by the Queen.

Sir Gordon`s riding career ended in 1954 following a pelvis injury, but he continued to indulge his passion for racing, by becoming a horse trainer and advisor.

He died in 1986. His funeral service was held at St Mary`s, Kintbury, Berkshire, and he was buried at St Mary`s Church, Marlborough, Wiltshire.

His legacy lives on in Shropshire today, with the Champion Jockey pub in Donnington named in his honour, and the `Pinza Suite` in Oakengates Theatre, named after his winning horse.

Not until 2002 was his record number of victories in a season exceeded, by jump jockey Tony McCoy. However, McCoy was able to utilise modern technology by flying between tracks and therefore compete in more races than Sir Gordon was able to.

Richards` total of 4,870 winners is still a British Record. He also holds the record for the most consecutive winners ridden; 12 (half at a night meeting). He was British flat racing Champion Jockey a record 26 times.

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