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Posted on Sep 5, 2019 in Articles, Competing

Simon Grieve runs The Rutman over his first CCI5*L at Burghley 2019

Simon Grieve runs The Rutman over his first CCI5*L at Burghley 2019

Main Image Courtesy of Julian Portch Photography – all rights reserved and is subject to copyright

Simon Grieve 


It will be the seventh visit to Land Rover Burghley for local British rider Simon Grieve (37) who first competed here in 2012 – he has six completions to his name, four with his former ride ‘Cornacrew’. It will be a first at the level for this year’s entry ‘The Rutman’.

Simon who is based near Tilton on the Hill, Leicestershire, was just five when he joined The Pony Club and in1998 he competed at the Pony Club Championships at Sansaw. After leaving school, he spent a year working in Debbie and Patrick Edmundson’s yard in Suffolk, riding and competing all types and sizes of horses. During this time he competed the advanced event mare ‘Ashdale Cover Girl’ with whom he was short-listed for the Young Rider European Championships. Simon then moved to Leicestershire as stable jockey for an Irish showjumper followed by two years as second rider to Sarah Cohen at Preci-Spark event horses. In 2006 Simon set up as a freelance rider. His breakthrough came when he linked up with BE Coach Caroline Moore who pointed some owners in his direction. In September 2012, he completed his first four-star with Cornacrew. In May 2013 Simon was side-lined from the sport for three months after suffering from Paget-Schroetter disease, a rare form of Deep Vein Thrombosis. He recovered just in time to compete at Burghley.

Simon trains with Harry Payne and out of season is a keen skier.

The Rutman aka Vinnie owned by Joanne Rutter is a 10-year-old Irish-bred gelding. He is by the Dutch-bred stallion Cancun VDL a son of the famous jumping sire Corland who stands in Ireland. He has been brought through the grades by Simon; Burghley will be the horse’s first at the level.


2019 – Bramham CCI4*L 34th The Rutman

2019 – Houghton Hall CCIO4* 57th The Rutman

2019 – Belton CCI4*S 58th The Rutman

2018 – Blenheim CIC3* 8/9 39th The Rutman

2018 – Burghley CCI4* ret Drumbillo Metro, w/d Douglas

2018 – Bramham CCI3* 30th Douglas

2018 – Chatsworth CIC3* 10th Douglas

2018 – Badminton CCI4* 28th Drumbilla Metro

2017 – Burghley CCI4* 32nd Douglas, 36th Drumbilla Metro 

2017 – Bramham CCI3* 10th Drumbilla Metro, 22nd Douglas

2016 – Bramham CCI3* 18th Drumbilla Metro

2014 – Le Lions CH-M-YH-CCI2* 37th Drumbilla Metro

2015 – Burghley CCI4* 41st Cornacrew

2014 – Burghley CCI4* 30th Cornacrew

2013 – Pau CCI4* Ret Cornacrew

2013 – Burghley CCI4* 41st Cornacrew

2012 – Pau CCI4* 25th Cornacrew

2012 – Burghley CCI4* 51 Cornacrew

2011 – Pau CCI4* 38th Cornacrew

We caught up with Simon to find out more about him and his Horse The Rutman
Tell me a bit about your background growing up ?
 I was brought up in Cambridgeshire, not far away from Burghley. I got into horses via my mum, my mum was really keen and she took us to riding school where I was really lucky as had a really good instructor. We used to come and watch Burghley every year and I was really inspired by that. It has been a long term family thing. I went into eventing because we were in between houses and the purchase of our house fell through when I was about 6 years old and we went and lived in an apartment which was attached to the owners of a horse called ‘kings Chester’ who won here at Burghley in 1988 and we were here and we followed him when he won then he the silver medal at the European Championships here in 1989  so I was pretty hooked after that.
Tell me where you are at now in your life 
Now I have got a yard in Leicestershire, I have got about ten horses that I compete that keeps me busy and out of trouble!. My ultimate aim is to really just continue enjoying my sport which I really do and just see how far I can go, and to try and be as successful as I can
Tell me a bit about your horse
My horse is called The Rutman, he’s ten years old, otherwise  known as Vinnie at home, he is an Irish Sports Horse and he is owned by a lady called Joanne Rutter and her family who are a great support. He is not the easiest, he is quirky in the dressage but he is normally (touch wood) a very very good jumping horse and he really loves cross country, he is very brave and bold. He is just a really really fun horse. He went really well round Bramham this summer. He did the young horse world championships in Le lion-D’Angers as a 7 yo and he is a really lovely horse.
What does it mean to be returning to Burghley?
It means the world, It is a great event, I really enjoy riding here and it’s always an honour and a privildge to be able to ride here. I feel incredibly lucky to be here and to have another horse which is capable of competing here, I am a very lucky boy.
 Tell me about your dress for the trot up
I wore a Tweed outfit for the trot up, which was from Butler Stewart who specialise in Tweed jackets for men, so I am very grateful to them and think I looked very smart!

Image courtesy of Tim Wilkinson Eventing images – all rights reserved and is subject to copyright

 Simon is sponsored by :

Bed-down horse bedding

Poly Pads

Noble Outfitters

Omega Equine

Flex On

New Equine Wear


We wish Simon and his ride The Rutman the very best of luck at Burghley and look forward to following them over the course of the next few days and bringing you their thoughts on their performance

Simon will dressage tomorrow :

THE RUTMAN Simon Grieve Fri 1010

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