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Bob initially started his career as a rider, competing both nationally and internationally until 1993, before moving full time into officiating internationally as a Course Designer and judge.


Outside of these spheres Bob spent four seasons training riders at the Royal Stables of Oman and worked with the BSJA on the Training for Triumph scheme. He has since served as on the British Showjumping Executive Board, including the Rules Committee.


Bob has found his real forte though in Course Designing which he started in 1973, when appointed to the British Showjumping Course Designers Panel in 1975, and moving onto attaining International Status from the FEI (International Equestrian Federation) in 1989, and since has been elevated to “O” status by invitation of the FEI, in 2004, allowing him to build the biggest competitions in the World.


To compliment this he was also passed to International Candidate Judging status in 1999.   


Bob's course designing has taken him to all corners of the globe, with an enviable CV of events; including World Cup Shows in 8 countries, Nations Cups, Senior European Championships, Young Rider European Championships & Junior European Championships at both Hartpury and in Lisbon, plus the Pony European Championships. In the UK he is the Senior Course Designer at Hickstead, Olympia, Horse of the Year Show and the British Open Championships. He was Assistant Designer at the 1994 World Games in the Hague, the European Championships at Arnhem in 2001 and Hickstead in 1999.