Unlike many of his peers Jamie didn’t grow up show jumping, in fact he didn’t learn to ride until he was a teenager. He has however made up for his later start in the sport and has been competing within show jumping for the last 15 years and has ridden for and trained with some of the best riders in the world. His passion and dedication to the sport are obvious to anyone he speaks to.
He started his show jumping career riding for leading lady rider Di Lampard (now Chef d’Equipe and Performance Manager for the British Show Jumping team). He has subsequently ridden for and trained with a number of the leading riders in Europe, including Janne Friederike Meyer (German Olympic team showjumper, World Equestrian Games team gold medallist, European team gold medallist); Rolf Goran Bengtsson (Swedish Olympic team showjumper and individual Olympic silver medallist); John Whitaker, MBE (British Olympic team showjumper, former FEI world no. 1, former Individual World Champion and Olympic silver medallist) and Ludger Beerbaum (German Olympic team showjumper, former FEI world no. 1, Olympic gold medallist, European gold medallist, World Equestrian Games gold medallist).
Jamie is not only fluent in German but also used his time in Europe to develop strong relationships with key riders and breeders, both of which are invaluable assets when sourcing top horses on the continent. He is extremely knowledgeable about bloodlines and breeding, in particular with regards to the highly respected Holstein bloodlines as he rode for the Holsteiner Verband whilst working for Janne Meyer.