Lucy Elder

Senior news writer

Lucy joined the H&H newsdesk in 2015, taking on the senior news writer position in 2018.

Since joining the Horse & Hound team, Lucy has reported from major global sporting events including the Tokyo Paralympic Games and 2019 European Showjumping Championships. She has reported at countless other national and international fixtures, in the UK and abroad, including Burghley, Badminton, Olympia, national championships and point-to-points.

Her news writing experience includes covering current affairs and sports news across the spectrum of equestrian disciplines and racing, as well as human and equine welfare, safety, court cases and anti-doping. She is also a regular contributor to the weekly H&H podcast.

Lucy grew up as a member of the Belvoir Hunt branch of the Pony Club and competed up to intermediate level eventing. She spent a year working in an eventing yard before university, where she became a member of the Great Britain Student Riders squad and competed in Ireland, Spain and Germany.

After graduating from Oxford Brookes in 2012, Lucy trained as a journalist at News Associates in London where she received her NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) qualification. She spent two years as a news reporter and entertainment editor on the Windsor Express, Slough Express and Maidenhead Advertiser titles at Baylis Media, passing her senior NQJ (National Qualification in Journalism) exams in 2015 and joining H&H the same year.

In 2018, Lucy received the British Equestrian Federation’s journalist of the year award, which recognises “great journalism in equestrian sport, celebrating the work of a written journalist, broadcaster or photographer who has gone above and beyond to promote equestrian sport during the past year”. She has also twice reached the shortlist for the Martin Wills Writing Awards (2013 and 2014), for writing on a racing theme.

Her current horse is an overgrown homebred and the pair enjoy showjumping and team chasing.