Jennie Loriston – Clarke MBE, FBHS, NPSD
Jennie Loriston-Clarke is one of Britain’s leading riders and trainers and has represented Great Britain in four Olympic games: Munich ’72 and Montreal ’76 with Kadett; Los Angeles ’84 with Prince Consort and Seoul ’88 where she was 14th with Dutch Gold. She also rode in the alternative Olympics in 1980 where she was 6th with Dutch Courage and won a Bronze Medal with this horse at the World Equestrian Games. Before concentrating on dressage Jennie made her name in point to pointing and horse trials qualifying for Burghley as well as winning the Midland Bank Championships on Dutch Gold before taking him the next day to compete in Europe at a CDI proving both her and the horse’s versatility.
Jennie is a FEI International Dressage Judge and FEI International 3 – Day Event judge. In recent years Jennie has judged and trained all over the world including the final selection Olympic trials for the USA Event Team. She has been a member of the ground jury at Hartpury, Windsor, Blair Castle, Boekolo, Blenheim, and at Burghley Horse Trials as well as judging at many one days from novice to CIC level
Jennie was the first Briton to be invited to Judge the World Breeding Championships in Verden and has judged numerous World Cup Dressage Qualifiers and was part of the jury at the Finals in Amsterdam in 2005. Jennie is a regular speaker at various National Federation and FEI Judging and Training Seminars. She has judged in the Eastern Bloc, USA, Canada, Belarus, Poland, Finland, Denmark and Central America. Jennie has also acted as the Chef d’Equipe for the British Junior and Young rider Dressage Teams.
Jennie retired from International Competition at the end of 1995 and is now concentrating on judging and helping other riders as well as bringing on some of her home bred young horses. Jennie moved to Over Wallop in Hampshire in 2001, where, with her husband Anthony, and her daughter, Lizzie, she owns and manages the famous Catherston Stud.
Jennie has had a long association with horses having shown successfully some of the best ponies, hacks and hunters and also show-jumped, point-to-pointed and three day evented before specialising in dressage. She is perhaps best remembered for her long reining displays with Dutch Gold where she and the horse dance through the Grand Prix movements to music.
Jennie is a Fellow of the British Horse Society, holds the National Pony Society Diploma and is an examiner for both societies. She is also a well-known and respected judge of show horses and ponies. Jennie is a major contributor to the furthering of Dressage and the breeding of sport horses in this country. She is an active member of many committees and working groups and in 1979 she was awarded the MBE for her contribution to Equestrianism in Britain and in 2001 she was awarded not only the Animal Health Trust’s Special Award (a rarity) but also was made a member of the Worshipful Company of Farriers for her dedication to the world of horses and equestrianism. In 2006 Jennie was the first recipient of the Queen’s Award for Services to Equestrianism and award which she particularly treasures.
In 2007 Jennie Jennie was elected a Chairperson of British Dressage. A role which she took on with great enthusiasm as it gave her further opportunities to promote British Riders and British Horses and British Breeding.
In 2013 Jennie was asked to be President of British Dressage as well as being nominated to Chairperson of Sport Horse Breeding of Great Britain as well as a Council Member of the National Pony Society.