Profile: Fiona Bigwood
Date of Birth: 24/4/1976
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 1.73 m / 5′ 8″
Career: 1993 – Present
Fiona Bigwood began riding at age seven at a local horse riding school. She was given her cousin’s naughty 11.2hh Welsh pony to ride not long after. Fiona’s mum, Penny, was having weekly riding lessons from Marion Larrigan and eventually persuaded her to break her rule of not teaching children. Marion made learning dressage fun and Fiona has always concentrated on this discipline since because of of her.
The start of Fiona’s dressage career was at 10 years old, when she was very lucky to be given the opportunity to lease Tanya Larrigans old Grand Prix horse Salute.
When aged 19, she moved to Denmark to train with Hasse Hoffmann for three years. From there Fiona moved down to Germany to train with Jan Bemelmans, followed by instruction from Dieter Laugks.
Fiona was a member of the British team at the 1993 Junior European Championships and the Young Rider European Championships from 1994 to 1996, both times with Pablo Picasso.
In 1996, at the age of just 21 year old, Fiona was the youngest British rider ever to be selected for a Senior European Championships with Dance & Fly. That year, she also took the British National Elementary title with Afrikka as well as being ranked number one in the British Puffa International Rider Rankings.
She ended up buying her own yard in 1998 with 54 boxes, which she ran until recently with her husband, leading Danish dressage rider, Anders Dahl. The couple moved back to West Sussex in early 2009 with their two children and now reside at their home, Bourne Hill Dressage.
In 2014, she suffered a concussion after a fall while riding. As a result of her injury, Bigwood experiences double vision which means that she wears an eye patch while riding.
Won silver medal at the 2015 European Dressage Championships
Won silver medal in team dressage at 2016 RIO Summer Olympics
Competed for Team GB in Rio 2016 in Equestrian Dressage Individual, and Equestrian Dressage Team.
Bigwood owns the impressive Bourne Hill Equestrian Centre: view video.