Bob started his course designing career after hanging up his competition clothing having competed as both
a National and International rider with substantial success. Progressing quickly up through the ranks Bob is now one
of the finest and most highly respected course designers in the world having built at many of the best shows and events across
the globe. With a focus on achieving the ultimate test for horse and rider Bob has also been a catalyst for change understanding
the need to not only listen to the show organiser and competitors needs but to also be extremely sympathetic to the sponsors
and spectators needs.
Working closely with British
Showjumping Bob’s approach to his job goes far beyond anyone’s expectations with the time, effort and understanding
that he puts into every event he undertakes. His unique and charismatic approach to the task ahead often belies the
work and background research he has put in to making each event not only unique in its style but also in the way it delivers
for the investor and competitor alike. This, and the way he has assisted to drive the sport forward in terms of spectator
appeal has made Bob Ellis the pivotal player that he is in assisting to drive British Showjumping forward on both the National
and International stage.
He says the biggest challenge he faces is ensuring
his courses don't over-stretch the less-experienced competitors, yet provide a strong enough test for the best riders
in the world. "It's not an easy thing to do, but its about getting the balance right" he points out. The
bottom line for me is to produce good jumping and good sport and to provide plenty of entertainment for the crowd"