Carol Richardson Competition Rider and Trainer

Former principle rider for Panama Sport Horses

High Quality Bespoke Competition and Sales Livery

Absolutely thrilled🤗🤗 ...sent my horse to Carol and Mick to be sold...they sold her for more then what I expected...so i had nothing to pay 👍 ..and every went according to contract ... I would highly recommend these two ...if your selling your horse...i will be having a wonder Xmas now 🎄🎄🎄🎄thanks guys xx

"I just wanted to say a very big thankyou to both you and Carol. Rockleigh looks great and I feel very reassured about keeping her after your professional input. I'll keep in touch. Thank you so much"

November 2017

"We messaged Nick and Carol, having previously purchased Tilly from them earlier in the year, when we saw a couple of horses on their Facebook page that looked like they would suit us. Nick phoned us straight away, we discussed the two horses and arranged to come up and see them on the Friday. When we arrived we were given a warm welcome, and a cup of coffee, and shown the two horses. They then tacked both up and took my partner for a hack along the roads to see what they were like and, unsurprisingly, they were both well-mannered and very capable. When they returned to the yard we decided we liked Gypsy Moone more of the two so we then took her into the school to see how she behaved there and again she was exactly as they had described her. After that they got Keiran to take her over a few jumps so we could watch her work and that was enough to convince us that she was the horse for us. Having paid a deposit for her we arranged for delivery on the Monday. When she arrived Nick not only took time to make sure she was settled and happy in her new home, but also checked on Tilly to see how she was doing. The following morning we got a message from Carol to make sure that both we and Gypsy were happy and to let us know to contact her if we needed to for any reason.
I honestly cannot recommend Nick and Carol enough and would certainly go to them again if/when we are looking for another horse. In short if you tell them what you are looking for and what your intended use is they will match you up with the perfect, high quality, happy, healthy horse which will give you years of pleasure. 

Thanks again for providing such a great, reassuring service and another outstanding horse.” 

Best regards Jon Davies November 2016

 Hi Carol,

A few pics Sonic,

Pippa x

"My time with Carol was unbelievable, and the skillset I acquired from my experience has set me up for all life experiences. Deferring my studies for 6 months in Australia and moving to England to train with Carol, she graciously took me under her wing and I soon extended my stay for nearly 2years.

The skills Carol has to offer are unimaginable. From my time in England my riding improved beyond what I thought I was ever capable of, with endless opportunities to assist in the training of many horses and compete on a weekly basis, as well as gaining the experience to work in a busy competition yard.

Carol’s yard was like no other, and with a strong community surrounding us, my skills extended far beyond horse riding and yard duties. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity Carol gave me and would still be in England if family commitments in Australia had allowed me to"

All my love,

Hi Carol, we are all home safe and sound, Lou Lou is having a bath, callie is in bed happy. Both traveled well. I forgot to shake you hand and say a massive thank you to you! Carol and the team We are every happy with them both and will keep in touch. :-)


Just a quick email to say thank you for helping us find Super Duper for my daughter. We were looking for a second pony to teach her to jump and that is exactly what she is doing, she qualified for ponies uk cradle stakes winning her class the first time out and has continued to be in the ribbons at every show. Buying from you was really easy and we never felt pressured at any point. The fact that you were able to take her first pony in part exchange was brilliant as she was able to distract herself with Super Duper.

We will definitely be back to you when she is ready for her next pony

Thanks again Gill Cook


 I thought I would send you a pic of Selma.
She is doing great, she's very fit at the moment, we go jumping most weekends for lessons and I am hoping to go affiliated next year competing.

We have a great bond and she is a pleasure to ride even in her cheeky moments, I couldn't have asked for a better horse.

Thanks Rachel


Hi Carol,

He's doing brilliantly with his training, we are working on his trot and canter half pass, and have some well established single flying changes on the go. I am excited to say that we are going to debut at Elementary in a fortnight! He has 4 more parties this year, the last being the ROR at Vale View that we have qualified for (up the road from us) in early November - where first place prize money is £300, so I'm hoping we can sweep the Prelim and the Novice, as that would be very nice for me!! Although I would undoubtedly end up spending it on Fig.... He'll then have until early February 2013 training, we'll maybe do 1 or 2 very low key shows with no pressure, just to keep him used to the atmosphere/sights/sounds.
Then we'll head out for the Winter Regionals in February and then the Petplan Champs in April. I have attached some pics of shiny, happy pony! Nic x




2 yr old 'Throwing Roses' owned by Own a Racehorse one of the yearlings we broke and produced last winter. Trained by Oli Pearce. Placed second in her first two runs.


I just wanted to let you know how we are doing.

Dylan is turning into the very special horse that you said he would !

TestimonialIt hasn't been easy - both Dylan and Emily's confidence took a massive battering a few weeks into the partnership and we didnt ever think it would recover. You so kindly offered to find us an alternative to our 'perfect' horse and we very nearly took you up on that offer but, we didnt - and just a bit of patience later here they are competing in their first British Novice !! He's still a bit silly, a bit spooky and a bit strong but Emily is learning to 'ride' him and starting to make a bloody good job too !! He is the most sweetest, good natured, quite chil

led horse ever - we've clipped him, hacked him out through one of the busiest roads in town, had the dentist, farrier and physio all of which he has taken completely in his stride. We didn't get a double clear today (8 flts in the 2nd part) BUT WE WILL !! We adore him and feel very confident that this morning was the start of things to come !!

Thanks Again and see you soon hopefully somewhere on our travels, Kerrie, Emily and Dylan xx

Well I have had Oscar for 1 month now and he has settled in well. He has a lovely nature and has done all that is asked of him as you said he would. We have been getting out for some good hacks, working in the school and got out to our first trailblazers showjumping competition last week where he jumped 2 double clears and won the 85 class. Not bad for our first time out, especially as there was over 40 in the class. We plan to go showjumping this weekend so will let you know how we get on.

We still really miss Jack but are glad that he is in an environment where he can now come on and gain some competition experience. Give him a big hug from me.

Will contact you soon to arrange to come and see Jack.

Best Wishes Amy

Having spent over 3 years looking for a horse - across UK, France and Switzerland, I eventually found Panama Sport Horses and immediately knew I would no longer have to trail through the classifieds. However, I am probably the choosiest person on the planet and what I was looking for was like trying to find a needle in a haystack. And its exactly that when looking for a horse - you can give a list of all the things you want - type, age, gelding or mare, color, experience, price, discipline, but when it comes down to it, it's that bit of magic that you cant explain that is the clincher. With a seemingly bottomless pit of patience Carol eventually found me a beautiful mare ... with the killer magic. An American bred ex racehorse mare who has completely stolen my heart. It took 7 months, which is fast considering I had been looking for 3 years! Even when I knew she was the one, Carol and all the staff spent 2 solid weeks with me trying her out everyday - because a horse can have good days and bad days just like people and I wanted to see them all before I commited. Having raced 8 times she certainly new her old job. But incredibly this honest mare was 100% on the gallops and never strong, very nicely balanced in the school. stood to mount, even did gates (which I was ultimately impressed with), knew voice commands and had a lovely gentle manner in the stable. Giselle is now living in Surrey and the yard cannot believe how such a young horse could settle in so fast. After 2 days she looked like she'd been there for 2 months. I rode her the third day and she was exactly the same horse I tried out in Gisburn - And thats when I really knew I had been right to trust in Carol becuase it's one thing for a horse to behave brilliantly in the surroundings, routine and people it knows, but quite another for a horse to be that same horse in a new home. We are getting braver and braver and the bond is growing everyday. She joined up for the first time last week and I was still smiling when I woke up the next day. This super little mare has had her routine changed completely and now gets ridden at night and finishes at 9pm but she hasnt even batted an eye. She's turned out everyday and has made loads of new friends. I'm hoping to keep her fit throughout the winter and start endurance in the summer. But for the moment I am just enjoying every minute of her doing the simple stuff that horses do so brilliantly. Thank you again for your patience, expertise, confidence and above all finding the magic I was looking for for so long. Will send piccies with me riding her (sorry didnt send a fews weeks ago when she still had her pretty summer coat) :-0

love, Blair

Blair Meyler EMEA Comms Director

Finally found time to say a huge 'thank you' for Puzzle. He's a superstar and just as you described him. We spent weeks and weeks looking for a pony only to find that they weren't all that the sellers claimed. We stumbled upon your website when we had just about given up. Puzzle is exactly what we were hoping for - I'm so glad that we didn't settle for less. We've had him only a week and a half and he's settled in really well, taking everything in his stride and giving us loads of confidence already. Your trial facilities (and jumping lesson!) were excellent - the only thing we didn't think to check was how he would load.... for the record, we tried him yesterday and he was impeccably behaved both in and out - didn't bat an eyelid! We're Looking forward to our first outing this weekend. I didn't think the perfect pony exisited but he's proved me wrong! Finally, can you say a big thank you to Sam - she was a brilliant guide when we came to see Puzzle and she's welcome to come and visit him any time.

All the very best, Cathryn Beckett-Hill


When I decided to look for a new horse to start eventing again I was recommended by friends to visit Panama Sport Horses at Gisburn – I was told that they always had a good selection of horses to look at. There was one in particular who caught my eye. Carol was very helpful throughout the whole process – encouraging my trainer to visit the yard to see the horse, allowing me to use his gallops and cross country schooling fences to build my confidence as well as giving me a show jumping lesson.

In the 6 months since I bought him he has surpassed my expectations – for a horse not yet 5 years old he is so willing and easy to handle and has competed in his first affiliated dressage test and BE90 events.

I am delighted with the horse and I am more than happy to recommend Panama Sport Horses.

Laura Pursglove



Ginny has settled in very very very well, she is one in a million. she has brought me so much confidence and brought my riding on already! she is incredible, i thank you and all the staff at panama for selling me my beautiful mare that i will have many good years with, i am hoping to event her during the summer, and take her to bridgewater :) i cant wait, she also has put on some weight and looks fantastic getting dapples! well happy about that :) 

I cant thank you enough for selling Izzy to a good home and giving me my confidence back, with a mare i truely love and trust x 

Yours faithfully Hollie & Ginny :D x


To whom it may concern

In 2003 and 2004, I travelled to England as chef d'equipe of teams of young riders, representing the Equestrian Federation of Australia, Victorian branch. Panama Sport Horses supplied the horses for our teams on both occasions. Our teams competed against local teams on their own mounts. The quality of the horses supplied to us was such, that in 2003 one of our team was awarded 'Rider of the Series'. This is no mean feat when competing against top quality opposition mounted on their own horses. At the conclusion of the 2004 tour, members of our team were invited to compete in the Towerlands Senior Nations Cup, again competing on horses supplied by Panama Sport Horses. The quality of the opposition, both riders and their own horses were formidable, but our team ran 2nd, beaten only by one rail. These remarkable results would not have been possible, if the quality of horses supplied to our team, were not of such a high standard. Nick Saville is a very experienced horseman, who has clearly demonstrated his ability to supply the right horses for competitors in high quality international competitions. I have no hesitation in recommending Nick and Panama Sport Horses highly.

ours Faithfully, Brian Johnston

Thought it was about time I gave you an update on Paint (now Oscar). He is going incredibly well, and I really love him to pieces! I have discovered he is the kind of horse who definitely works better if he is getting lots of work - which is great and is certainly keeping me busy! He has to be one of the easiest horses to handle - such a sweetie and happy to be lead by anyone or tied up anywhere!! He has also become much fitter and is really forward to ride, which is excellent! Our schooling is coming on in leaps and bounds and fortunately the yard has just had the outdoor arena extended and improved so that means we will be starting lots of show jumping practice to get us ready in time for the start of the season! He really is an amazing horse and i'm so lucky to have him!

Many thanks

Just wanted to drop you a line to say that Tully (thats what we call her)/Ally has settled in really well. Haven't done as much riding as I would have liked due to this snow, but its given us a chance to get to know each other. I did manage a lesson on her before the snow, and she was fantastic. We are hoping to move yards soon, for better facilities, and I'm sure she will take it in her stride. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Kind Regards

Sarah Fisher 

Provided horses for the London 2012 Olympic Games Modern Pentathlon Competition.


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