a conversation with...jAMIE bROOM
Jamie Broom is a British Dressage Rider and current National Medium Champion in the sport of Dressage. At the age of 18, Jamie joined Her Majesty’s Forces. In his interview exclusive to The Equestrian Edit, Jamie recalls seeing a picture of the Household Cavalry (Mounted Regiment) behind the interviewer and immediately said, ‘I want to do that!’
During Jamie’s time in the British Army, his talent with horses was spotted, and he was put forward for the instructor’s course earlier than normal, qualifying as a BHSAI. His riding career included Eventing and Show Jumping at Windsor (Services Jumping) and he qualified and rode at Olympia on his horse, Henry (One For You) several times.
Whilst Jamie was still in the Household Cavalry in 2013, Charlotte Dujardin was invited to ride an army horse in Hyde Park for a media opportunity. Jamie, as Equitation Warrant Officer, and having qualified on Henry for Olympia that year, was asked to accompany Charlotte on her hack. Jamie decided to take Tigger, a horse he acquired in 2014 instead of his usual horse, for his first hack out ever, and he certainly lived up to his name as he made a huge impression on Charlotte, who now trains the pair at Jamie's base in Windsor.
In 2014, as Jamie completed his twenty-two years in service, he left the Armed Forces and took over the running of Lakeside Equestrian Centre, a training and livery centre in Windsor with his wife where he now resides. He says it was an honour to serve his Queen and his country and we, in turn, are honoured to present his story to you today on The Equestrian Edit.