Close to 100 guests gathered in Central London to hear from leading British event rider Piggy French on Monday evening.
Piggy, who is currently top of the British Eventing Rider rankings, spoke about her inspirations growing up, the highs and lows of her eventing career so far, the support from her owners, the results that have shaped her career, coming back from injuries and taking a year out to have her son Max. Piggy described the combination of public speaking and being in central London, akin to taking on the Badminton cross country course. Guests continued to be entertained by Piggy’s stories including a hosiery faux pas at the trot up at the European championships and reminiscing about sending fan mail to Mary King as a child.
The event was hosted by City Saddles networking group and held at Savills head office in Central London, with guests who work in the city but enjoy riding and all things equestrian.
Louise Harrison, a Director in Savills Farms, Estates and Equestrian department and a member of City Saddles committee said:
“It was a pleasure to host the event and everyone thoroughly enjoyed hearing from Piggy.
“I’m delighted that the event was so well attended and raised close to £1,500 for City Saddles chosen charity – Spinal Research”
“One of my favourite comments of the evening was when a guest said how unusual it was to look forward to a networking event!”
“Piggy’s determination is so admirable and we’ll all be cheering her on at Badminton from the Savills lakeside chalet in a few weeks.”
Louise Wheeler from the charity added:
“Spinal Research was thrilled to have the support of Piggy French at this fantastic event. We can’t thank City Saddles enough for their continued support for the work we do. If anyone with a passion and an affinity for horses would like to join City Saddles, they are in for a treat. Members get to visit exclusive equine establishments and attend exciting events, all the time helping to raise funds for an organisation committed to changing the future of spinal cord injury.”
Guests were treated to goody bags kindly filled by Devoucoux, Chase distillery, Country Life, Horse and Hound and Savills.
If you would be interested in hearing about similar events like this, please email Citysaddles@mishcon.co.uk
To find out more about Piggy French – visit her website www.piggyfrench.co.uk