Isabel English, 25, grew up with her older sister in Biddaddaba, Queensland, where their mother, Sarah, worked for the renowned Belcam Stud and their father, Nick, was a doctor. The family always had horses at home and the parents are still breeding horses at their Cil Dara Stud. Isabel is currently campaigning the five-year-old Cil Dara Dallas, her parents’ homebred gelding who picked up a pleasing second place at Dauntsey Park (UK) in a BE90 this summer. Isabel has great hopes for Dallas, who is by Paul Schockemohle’s jumping stallion, Diarado.
Lissa Green, 31, is the daughter of Olympian eventers Lucinda and David Green, who need little introduction. Lucinda (nee Prior-Palmer) is a living legend, highly regarded by her peers and the worldwide eventing community. Lissa was born in the UK and grew up near Andover Hampshire.
The great and the good of the eventing world passed through Lissa’s childhood home; she was in the enviable position of benefiting from their company and admits that. To her family, the likes of William Fox-Pitt and Pippa Funnell were just normal family friends. Lissa’s father has moved back to Australia and she visits him every year during the English winter.
Lissa tells a great story about how she had already “competed” at Burghley even before she was born — unfortunately it was not the most successful outing, as her mother fell at the sixth fence in the cross country. Lissa adds that she has always been slightly jealous of brother Freddie, as he “competed” at the Olympics in 1984 before he was born, when Lucinda was part of the silver medal-winning team!
Both Isabel and Lissa rode ponies from a young age. In her early years in Biddaddaba, Candyfloss, the palomino 12hh pony, made a huge impact on Isabel, and she still speaks fondly of her! Candy entered Isabel’s life when she was nine and she remembers waiting impatiently for her 11th birthday so they could go eventing together! Candy took no prisoners and was not a push-button ride, much like the evergreen Feldale Mouse. Mouse is the stalwart horse of Isabel’s career to date. As a youngster, Mouse would constantly test Isabel when she rode him, very often depositing her unceremoniously on the ground. Isabel would at those times refer to Mouse as ‘Rat’ on account of his terrible behaviour
Fellow Australian Kevin McNab, with whom Isabel is now based with at Guildford, south of London, took over the ride on the young Mouse until Isabel grew in both in stature and experience to regain Mouse’s reins. They are now an exceptional partnership and it is always a pleasure to watch them ping around the cross country phase in perfect harmony.