Harry Meade was competing at Gatcombe Park in the Festival of British Eventing on his horse ANNAGHMORE VALONER as a Land Rover Ambassador. One of my roles as Land Rover's equestrian photographer is to capture as much iconic imagery of their ambassadors in action as possible.
Here it was not possible to capture this image from where it was taken in person as I would have distracted the rider or horse as they approached the lake. Instead, I used a remote camera setup which I fired from a few metres away.
Sire: CORONER XX
Dam: ANNAGHMORE LADY VALIER (ISH)
Sire of Dam: BLACK WALTER (ISH)
Owner(s): Jules Carter, Stephen Posford, Dinah Posford
Blood Percentage: 75%
Harry Meade is a British three-day event rider based at Church Farm, Chippenham, near Badminton in Gloucestershire. He is married to Rosie, and they have a daughter Lily, and son Charlie
Along with fellow event riders Alex Hua Tian and William Fox-Pitt he went to Eton College and is the son of Richard Meade, Britain’s most successful male equestrian to date. Harry said, "From the age of about two or three, all I wanted to do was follow in my father's footsteps and try and get to the top in eventing." Although not superstitious, Harry rides in his Father’s cross-country colours (white).
In 2004 Harry was shortlisted for the Young Rider European Championships (with Midnight Dazzler) and in 2014 represented Great Britain at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy (WILD LONE).
In December 2019 he was presented with the British Equestrian Federation's Medal of Honour. In 2014 he won the Event Horse Owner's Association's Rider Award, and was named the British Equestrian Writers' Association Leading Rider and Horse & Hound magazine's Rider of the Year. He also won the Event Rider's Association Rider's Choice Award and Against All Odds Award in the same year.
Harry is a Land Rover Ambassador.
Away Cruising is a 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding that Harry has been riding for several years. The horse is known for his calm and collected demeanour, even under pressure. He has been a key part of Harry's success in recent years, and the two have developed a strong partnership.
Thoresby Adv. - 6th
Gatcombe OI - 7th