Mike is a professional event rider and trainer based at the Toogood’s beautiful yard in Cold Aston in Gloucestershire. He has an exciting team of horses from novice to advanced (three star) level and is a popular face on the eventing scene.
Career highlights include international three-day-event wins at Glanusk and Osberton as well as top ten placings at many high profile, international events including Blenheim, Barbury, Thirlestane and Gatcombe.
Mike is aiming for Badminton in 2014 with Kangasong who was bred by his wife Ellie and her parents. The pair came 19th at Blenheim in 2013. Mike is also well known as an excellent producer of young horses and many of his top level achievements have been with home-bred horses or those he has produced since three and four-year-olds.
The popular eventing stallion Up With The Lark was produced by Mike from the age of three and now has a very successful stud career at Stanley Grange Stud. Click here to read more about Up With The Lark.
Michael Jackson is in my opinion one of the UK’s top riders for the future. He has a great ability to get the best out of his horses in a calm and sympathetic way. I have watched him ride many times and I am sure with the right horses he could become a British Team regular of the future. He is a fantastic guy and I feel he would be a fun person to have a horse with providing a rare combination of real drive to succeed at the highest level, an excellent back up team and attention to detail.
William Fox-Pitt – Three times World Number One and ten times British Number One; member of the British Event Team London 2012 Olympics.