In 1995, Sam made the decision to leave his home in Australia and make a career for himself in the UK as an International Event Rider. He trained and worked as a backup rider for double Olympic gold medallist, Matt Ryan, for three years where he had the opportunity to train and compete all levels of event horses. After leaving Matt Ryan’s base, Sam established his own team of horses and has since been short listed for the Athens and Beijing Olympics, finished 5th in the HSBC Classics for 2009 and was a member of the Australian Team for both the 2010 World Championships in the USA and the London 2012 Olympics, with his top horse, Happy Times.
Sam is currently ranked in the top 10 in the World Rider Rankings and is on the Australian Elite Squad and was part of the Australian Team for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in France with his Badminton 2014 winner Paulank Brockagh. Sam and his wife, Lucy, who also competes at top level eventing, run the team together from their yard on the Dorset/Somerset border and in early January 2013 they welcomed their son, Oliver, into the world!
Osberton CCI 1* Mornington 4th.
Blenheim CIC 3* Favorit Z 5th.
Burghley CCI 4* Happy Times 3rd
WEG Caen Paulank Brockagh 17th individually and team 5th
Nunney CIC 2* Favorit Z 9th.
Badminton CCI 4* Paulank Brockagh 1st.
Burnham Market CIC 3* Paulank Brockagh 9th.
Osberton CCI 2* Angelo 1st.
Burghley CCI 4* Happy Times 12th & Paulank Brockagh 13th.
Gatcombe Park CIC 3* Happy Times 3rd.
Barbury Castle CIC 3* Paulank Brockagh 6th & CIC 2* Favorit Z 8th.
Nunney CIC 2* Angelo 4th.
Gatcombe Park CIC 1* Angelo 2nd.
Burghley CCI 4* Happy Times 9th.
Le Pin au Haras CIC 3*-W Paulank Brockagh 10th.
London Olympic Games Happy Times 6th Team
Aachen CICO 3* Real Dancer 7th team
Bramham CCI 3* Paulank Brockagh 5th.
Houghton Hall CIC 3* Real Dancer 1st.
Barbury Castle CIC 2* Underdiscussion 2nd.
Houghton Hall CCI 2* Paulank Brockagh 2nd.
Badminton CCI 4* Happy Times 4th.
Burnham Market CIC 2* Mumbo Jumbo IV 9th.
Belton CIC 3* Happy Times 9th.
Le Lion d’Angers Young Horse World Championhips Paulank Brockagh 8th.
WEG Kentucky Happy Times
Chatsworth CIC 3*-W Happy Times 1st.
Belton CIC 3* Happy Times 1st.
Burghley CCI 4* Happy Times 3rd.
Badminton CCI 4* Happy Times 3rd.
Saumur CCI 3* Happy Times 1st.