Geoff Billington is honoured to be our ambassador and he has a special place in his heart for Forces Equine. Hear more about Geoff below:
Geoff says, throughout my career I'd had some fantastic horses and owners. But in 1992 a long time owner sent me a novice 6 year old horse that changed my life. His name was 'It's Otto'. He was to become one of the best horses in the world. He kept me in the top ten in the world for over two years.
In 1996 we were selected for the Atlanta Olympic Games where we came 6th individually. In 1997 we had a team Bronze at the European Championships, in Manheim 1998 another team Bronze and Bronze at the Word Championships in Rome, 1999 and in the European Championships at Hickstead we were 6th individually. Then in 2000 we were selected for the Olympic Games in Sydney. Phew what a horse!
Nowadays Geoff still competes. He does lots of coaching and clinics all round the country, Commentry at a few of the top shows all the while producing, buying and selling horses, not to mention, his hilarious after dinner speeches.
When we asked Geoff to sum up his life in Showjumping, he says, he wouldn't change one thing, "how many people can say their hobby is their job".... "growing up and going on tour with your mates every week", especially when the mates have been John and Michael Whitaker plus Olympic Individual Champion, Nick Skelton!!!