Laura Collett

Badminton Horse Trial 09 05 2014Dressage

Laura Collett is a British event rider who won a team gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

She started her competitive equestrian career in the show ring, winning the supreme pony title at Horse of the Year Show in 2003 when she was 13.

When she moved across to eventing, Laura proved a force to be reckoned with through the pony, junior and young rider ranks. She won nine medals during her youth career, including three individual golds (juniors in 2006 on Fernhill Sox, juniors in 2007 on Rayef, young riders in 2009 on Rayef).

Since moving into senior competition, Laura has been selected for three European Championships as an individual. She was eliminated on the cross-country on her senior championship debut at Luhmühlen in 2011 and also at the 2019 Europeans at the same venue, but finished 13th at the 2015 championships at Blair Castle on Grand Manoeuvre.

Laura Collett was second at Luhmühlen five-star in 2018 on Mr Bass, but she achieved her first five-star win in October 2020 when she took the title at Pau Horse Trials, France, riding her own, Keith Scott and Karen Bartlett’s London 52.

The horse had previously been the 2018 eight- and nine-year-old champion at Blenheim Horse Trials, as well as winning the Event Rider Masters at Chatsworth Horse Trials and the CCI4*-L at Boekelo Horse Trials, both in 2019. But he had also fallen at the 2019 European Championships in Luhmühlen having sat third after the dressage, so this result proved Laura’s faith in him was justified.

Laura therefore had the honour of winning the only five-star of 2020 because the eventing calendar that year was decimated by Covid-19.

The following year Laura and London 52 were selected to represent Britain at the Tokyo Olympics and they finished ninth individually there, contributing to Britain’s team gold medal.