International event rider Oliver Townend is ranked ninth in the world and was British number one in 2014. He’s made several appearances on the British team and won both Badminton and Burghley horse trials in 2009. The son of a Huddersfield milkman, he was 21 when he set up his first equestrian business, riding and selling horses with just £1,400 to his name. By 25, he had bought his first 40-acre farm in Shropshire. Townend combines extraordinary riding talent with a dogged determination and a commercial mind — rare attributes in the world of eventing with its royal and aristocratic connections. As well as selling horses, Townend offers a variety of horse ownership opportunities and syndicates.