With an International show jumping career spanning 30 years and representing his Country on 25 Nations Cup teams James is regarded as one of Britain’s most established professional show jumping riders. He was first selected to ride for the senior British team in 1985 and in a career stretching almost 3 decades has won numerous titles and Grand Prix’s all over Europe.
Through many years of competing nationally and Internationally James has forged strong business relationships with some of the most celebrated show jumping riders and dealers in the world and this has made him well recognised as a source for sport horses in Europe.
James’ real passion lies in finding and producing young/talented sport horses with the potential and ability to reach a high level in show jumping. Rob Cramer (Oosterbeek, Netherlands) has worked with James for more than 25 years and has been an essential partner and contact on the continent sourcing many of the quality horses that have been developed at Holme Park Farm.
The competition arena is often used as a showcase for the horses which not only keeps James on the show jumping circuit but at the same time presents the horses to potential clients. The business is founded on family principles and values and together with the daily running of Holme Park Farm becomes very much a way of life.
James’ most influential education was gained at the Reitsportzentrum in Elgg Switzerland (teacher Trainer College) where during the winters of 1980/1981 James trained with Paul Weier – an Olympic rider & course designer. This experience inspired James to International show jumping which has given him the opportunity to train alongside the likes of George Morris and many top riders and trainers all over the world. Over the last 25 years James has worked closely with GCT founder Jan Tops (Olympic & European team gold medallist) whose revolutionary approach and irrepressible enthusiasm for show jumping has been a huge influence on him.
Tuition from James & Lena is regularly available along with the possibility of riders staying for a period of training with their horse/horses. A limited number of Working Pupil positions are also offered by arrangement.
Owners can place a horse in James’ care for the purpose of schooling/producing to sell or to compete on the National/International show jumping circuit. In addition a select number of show jumping liveries are also taken.
Nestled in the heart of the Thames Valley the original 17th century farm has been sympathetically restored since the mid 70s and subtly accommodates all the vital equestrian facilities inside and amongst its delightful period barns. Within the yard James has created a very professional yet friendly environment which is excellently supported by trusted staff, vets and farriers. Surrounding the main yard is a pre-competition grass arena, a generous sand/fibre ménage and an indoor riding hall with adjoining self contained stable complex. This facility is often used as a temporary/seasonal base for visiting competition riders.
Approximately 70 acres of pasture and woodland surrounds the nucleus of the farm. Set in the heart of the Thames Valley, the farm has gradually developed into a delightful and unique equestrian facility providing two independent yards with a total capacity for 31 horses.
Sky Sports Television employees James as a ‘regular’ studio pundit for their live coverage of showjumping around the globe.
James also does some occasional ‘livestream’ commentary for the Longines Global Championstour events.
Breeding on the 70 acres of farmland has been a successful ‘sideline’ over the years and has supplied James with a number of successful jumpers such as ‘V’ (Katie Monahan), Billy Angelo (William Funnell) and Lowriver Queen.
James has excellent contacts throughout the show jumping world and over the years has produced many horses through to top-flight competition. Finding and producing your own successful International horse is every enthusiasts dream and it is one with correct guidance and management that has a realistic chance of coming true.