Caroline Powell is probably best known for her long term association with crowd favourite Lenamore, with whom she won team bronze at the London 20102 Olympics. The gutsy little grey won Burghley with Caroline in 2010 and they certainly had a unique partnership. Quirky, tricky and with a mind of his own, Lenamore, met his match with Caroline and they brought a combination of trust and flair to the cross country and made two appearances for Team New Zealand at Olympic level as well as enjoying much success at 7 Badminton's and 5 Burghley's. Testament to Caroline's long term care, Lenamore was still out at 20 years old enjoying himself in the 2013 Hickstead Eventers Derby looking as feisty as ever.
Dig back a little further and you will find out just why Caroline formed such a partnership with Lenamore. Arriving in the UK from New Zealand, she started off riding in a Point to Point yard and decided after a few fair runs and falls that it was not going to be a long term plan - although there was an eventer there named Calibre who was to give Caroline her first taste of international competition. She then moved to Ian Stark's yard in Scotland as a groom, which took her to the Atlanta Olympics with the lovely Stanwick Ghost before she set up her own base in Kelso - where she operated at the top level of the sport until the end of 2012.
Perhaps, amidst the many horses she has ridden at top level, her NZ team bronze medal at the World Games in Kentucky in 2010 was the biggest testament to her talent. Riding the comparatively green Mac Macdonald she conjured an amazing performance from a horse not really built for the job. He was a big, long striding chestnut with a cross country style all of his own - yet Caroline inspired a cross country round clear within the time to count for the team score.
Now based in Suffolk with the striking chestnut, Onwards and Upwards as the star of her string, Caroline has a formidable string behind her as her young horses are moving swiftly up the levels.
With more than 25 Badminton, Burghley, Luhmuhlen and Pau competitions under her belt along with 2 World Games and 2 Olympics for team New Zealand there is no sign of Caroline slowing down as she brings a wealth of experience to her team. Caroline says "I get as much satisfaction from bringing on young event horses as I do riding at 4 star" which explains why nearly all of her team horses have been produced from the beginning of their careers.
A special thank you to Libby Law Photography, Will Baxter (the world famous amateur photographer, the one nobodies ever heard of!) Jane Thompson and Equipix UK for their huge contribution to Caroline's site.