Vicki Thompson Winfield - Career

                                                                                      

 

Overview

Vicki is a highly successful and internationally recognised dressage rider and trainer whose extensive equestrian experience has been acquired over 30 years. Throughout her career Vicki has represented the UK at the highest levels at numerous international competitions, including the Olympics, as well as acquiring 20 British Dressage national championship titles.

Vicki was classically trained by the former chief rider of the Spanish Riding School, Franz Rochowansky, and she is currently the chief rider at OEC Dressage Worldwide (OEC DWW). In addition, together with her husband, Ian Winfield, Vicki has transformed Oldencraig Equestrian Centre, in Lingfield Surrey, into the world class centre of equestrian excellence that it is today.

Vicki has trained many riders from novice to success at the highest levels including grand prix at international levels. Vicki has also sourced and trained many horses from novice to grand prix, either competing them herself or supporting her clients in progressing through the competition levels on their horses themselves.

Main Areas of Expertise

Vicki’s primary areas of expertise include:

  • The sourcing of talented horses, for both her clients and herself to train and compete, from exclusive and highly thought of studs and equestrian professionals around the world
  • Training clients from around the world, from novice to grand prix, thereby enabling them to pursue their equestrian ambitions and achieve their goals
  • Successfully training and competing both her own and clients’ horses, progressing them from novice to the highest levels including international grand prix

Clients

Vicki has trained many riders from novice to success at the highest levels including grand prix at international levels, including:

  • Shubhsri(Sherry) Rajendra – a 16 year old with a dream to compete for her country, India, in the Asian Games. Sherry lived her dream, competing after only 9 months training starting as a novice. She gained scores high enough in PSG and Inter 1 to become a member of the Indian dressage team and competed in the 2014 Asian Games with a horse sourced by OEC DWW, Smokey Joe
  • Alex Lebedev – trained with a view to competing as a young rider for Russia
  • Surrey mounted police
  • British Dressage Southern Region
  • Thomas Goederme – an OEC DWW Advanced Rider hoping to compete as a young rider for Belgium
  • Wayne Channon – GB World Championship team member trained from novice to GP
  • Bruggs Nicholls – a young rider team member and senior GP international rider, trained from novice. Bruggs is now a top dressage trainer in New Zealand
  • Jackie Shrubb – international young rider
  • Roz Bowley – international young rider
  • Penny Brinsley – international young rider
  • Katrina Cantrell – international GP rider
  • Daniel Watson – international GP team rider
  • Sophie Wells – a regular client for several years at Vicki’s northern clinics and who is now a GB team and individual medal winner
  • Toby Pawson – para rider who has competed for team GB
  • Jill Timms – novice to GP
  • Litta Sohi – novice to GP, qualified for the Asian Games representing Iran
  • Toni Terry – novice beginner to GP
  • Kym Merritt – small tour, training advanced
  • Tammy McGowan – novice to GP
  • Sam Francis – owner of two of Vicki’s current competition horses, a rider converted from show jumping to dressage, now training at GP
  • Shaun O’Sullivan – making his first appearance at small tour international level with OEC DWW client Yuri Jinno’s horse purchased from OEC DWW as a four year old
  • Nathalie Wahlund – small tour international level for Sweden with OEC DWW client John Evan’s Cerano Gold, also purchased from OEC DWW as a youngster. Natalie is also a BD National Champion 2018 on OEC DWW client Penny Brinsley’s Echo
  • Sharon Tung – from Hong Kong, training from novice to advanced
  • Margaret Chow – from Hong Kong, training from novice to advanced
  • Win Kungpun – an international Young rider from Thailand training advanced/PSG/GP
  • Andrea – an International Young rider from Russia training advanced/PSG/GP
  • Noora Kamppikoski – OEC DWW Advanced Rider from Finland training small tour
  • Bo Lykke – OEC DWW Advanced Rider from Denmark training small tour
  • Weronica Madej – from Poland training GP
  • Annabella Pidgeley – Team GB Pony rider, training up to GP
  • Christine Chow – training up to Advanced

Vicki also competes horses owned by OEC DWW clients with great success. Currently these include the following horses all of whom competed at the British Dressage National Championships 2018:

  • Artist: a palomino Danish bred 9 year old gelding owned by OEC DWW client Sam Francis. Artist has been at OEC DWW since first backed and is now competing successfully at international shows at small tour level including a 4th placing and a 3rd in Roosendaal CDI3* and Hartpury CDI. He qualified for the national championships 2 years running at PSG and Inter I. Artist is currently working at GP level and is achieving over 70% at both GP and GP Special.
  • Mango Jacaro: also owned by Sam Francis, Jacaro is a pure bred Spanish PRE stallion who is currently top of the performance index at grand prix level for Iberian horses and is European MCI gold medal winning champion. Jacaro will be competing at the MCI world games in Seville and has been selected for the Olympia world cup qualifier. His current highest score to date is 73.45% in the grand prix special and he regularly scores in the 70%’s.
  • Exquisite: a strikingly beautiful 10 year old KWPN stallion owned by OEC DWW client Nathalia Checkmareva. Exquisite is successfully competing at international small tour level and is winning regularly with scores consistently over 70%, he is currently working GP. Exquisite was selected for the Horse of the Year Show 2018.
  • Hurricane: a stunning and talented Dutch Warmblood Stallion owned by Angela Jones of Highview Stables. This is Vicky's first season competing Hurricane, they will start at Mediun/Advanced medium and we have high hopes for this new partnership.
  • Esquire: a beautiful 10 year old Dutch Warmblood Stallion owned by Angela Jones of Highview Stables. This is Vicky's first season competing Esquire and they will begin their journey at PSG/Int 1 level. Vicky is very much looking forward to competing both of Angela's talented horses this season.
  • Salome Di Fontabetti: a charming and talented Hanoverian mare owned by OEC DWW client Nancy Raff. Salome is competing successfully at small tour level and is placed in the top 3 regularly.
  • Ambicioso: a pure bred Spanish Pre Stallion owned by OEC DWW client Sam Francis. He was imported by Sam earlier in 2018 and has started his competition career at advanced medium with 2 wins of over 70%. He is currently training for PSG in 2019.

Career Summary

Vicki continues to enjoy a highly successful dressage career, and the shows she has competed at include:

         2019

  • Keysoe CPEDI/CDI3* 4th-8th October 2019 - Grand Prix with Artist
  • National Dressage Championships 12th-15th September 2019 Artist - Int 2/ Grand Prix, Esquire - PSG/Int 1
  • Hickstead CDIO 4* 24th-28th July 2019 - Big tour with Artist and Mango Jacaro and small tour with Esquire.
  • Hickstead Premier League 19th - 22nd June 2019 - Grand Prix with Artist, PSG/Int 1 with Esquire.
  • Wellington 6th - 9th June 2019–Inter 2 and Grand Prix with Artist and PSG and Inter 1 with Esquire.
  • Royal Windsor Horse Show CDI4* 9th- 12th May 2019– Big Tour with Mango Jacaro.
  • Hickstead 4th May 2019– PSG with Esquire, Inter 2 with Esquire
  • Nieuw en Sint Joosland CDI3* 12th- 15th April 2019– Big Tour with Mango Jacaro.
  • Keysoe CDI International 13th-17th February 2019 – Grand Prix with Artist.
  • Addington High Profile Show 11th-13th January 2019 – 3rd Grand Prix with Artist, 2nd Grand Prix with Mango Jacaro

         2018

  • Addington High Profile Show – 1st Int 1, 6th Int 2 with Artist, 2nd PSG, 7th Int 1 with Salome
  • Keysoe CDI3* - Big Tour with Mango Jacaro, Small Tour with Salome
  • Keysoe Premier League – Int 1, Int 2 with Artist, PSG, Int 1 with Salome, PSG, Int 1 with Exquisite
  • Addington Premier League – PSG, Int 1 with Artist, PSG Int 1 with Exquisite, GP with Mango Jacaro
  • Addington High Profile Show – 1st Int 1, 6th Int 2 with Artist, 2nd PSG, 7th Int 1 with Salome
  • Keysoe CDI3* - Big Tour with Mango Jacaro, Small Tour with Salome
  • Keysoe Premier League – Int 1, Int 2 with Artist, PSG, Int 1 with Salome, PSG, Int 1 with Exquisite
  • Addington Premier League – PSG, Int 1 with Artist, PSG Int 1 with Exquisite, GP with Mango Jacaro
  • Wellington Premier League – GP with Mango Jacaro, PSG, Int 1 with Exquisite
  • Bolesworth CDI3* International Horse Show – Small Tour with Exquisite
  • Hickstead Premier League – GP with Mango Jacaro, PSG, Int 1 with Exquisite
  • Hartpury CDI3* - Big Tour with Mango Jacaro, Small Tour with Artist and Exquisite
  • British Dressage Summer Regionals at Hickstead – Int 1 with Exquisite
  • Hickstead CDIO/CDI – Big Tour with Mango Jacaro, Small Tour with Artist and Exquisite, GB Nations Cup Team with Mango Jacaro
  • MCI European Championship at Bury Farm – MCI gold medal winning champion
  • 2017

  • Keysoe CDI3* - 4th GP, 5th GP Freestyle, 2nd PSG, 6th Int 1 Freestyle
  • Keysoe Premier League – 3rd GP, 1st GP Freestyle, 4th PSG, 2nd Int 1
  • Addington Manor Premier League – 1st PSG, 2nd GP, 2nd GP Freestyle
  • Roosendaal CDI3* - 7th PSG, 4th Int 1, 7th Int 1 Freestyle
  • Bolesworth International 3* - 3rd Int 1 Music
  • Hickstead Premier League – 1st GP, 1st GP Special
  • Hartpury CDI3* - 3rd PSG, 5th GP
  • Hickstead CDI3* - 2nd PSG
  • Hickstead CDI3* - Member of Nations Cup team with Mango Jacaro
  • National Dressage Championships with Artist and Mango Jacaro
  • Horse of the Year show with Artist
  • Le Mans CDI3* with Mango Jacaro
  • Roosendaal CDI3* with Mango Jacaro
  • 2016

  • World Breeding Championships – Represented GB with Mrs Kym Merrits 6 year old Botero
  • Saumur CDI3* - 2nd and 7th PSG
  • Hickstead CDI3*
  • 2010

  • National Dressage Championships – Medium National Champion with Mr and Mrs John Terry’s Beltoni
  • National Young Horse Championships – 1st with 6 year old Beltoni
  • 2009

  • World Breeding Championships in Verden with 5 year old Beltoni
  • 2001 - 1994

  • National Dressage Championships – National Champion with Jazz Dancer in Medium, Advanced Medium, PSG, Inter 1, Inter 2 and Grand Prix
  • 1996

  • Awarded dressage rider of the year by British Dressage
  • S-Togenbosh – Int 2 and GP
  • Riems – 2nd GP, 1st GP Special
  • CHIO Aachen Nations Cup winning team member with 9 year old Enfant
  • Atlanta Olympics – GP debut with Enfant
  • 1995

  • European Championships – 1st Pas de Deux with Carl Hester, awarded the gold medal
  • National Dressage Championships – PSG and Inter 1 National Champion
  • 1994

  • National Dressage Championships – Medium and Advanced Medium National Champion
  • 1983

  • Young Rider European Championships in Denmark
  • 1980

  • Nation Dressage Championships – first National Championship title with part bred Arab Loreley-Sea Hi-Fi
  • Personal Life

    Vicki has been happily married to Ian Winfield since 2008.

    She has a keen interest in interior design and has been able to make use of her talents in this area during the refurbishment of Morley Manor, her delightful Grade II listed 15th century home which she shares with Ian.

    In her spare time Vicki enjoys both cooking and eating out, particularly when combined with a visit to the theatre, ballet or a music concert. Vicki also enjoys pampering spa days and a spot of retail therapy never goes amiss!

    Like her husband Ian, Vicki is an animal lover and they have 2 British bulldogs - maximus and Lilly-Belle, 2 beautiful cats - Boston and Buster, 2 parrots - Scooby Doo and Colonel and 2 miniature donkeys - Sausage and Mash as pets.