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Douglas Crawford



Douglas Crawford is an Eventing Rider on the #horsescotland Performance Programme.

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DoB:  10 June 1998

Occupation: Equestrian yard manager/trainer/rider


Discipline: Eventing 

How did you become involved within equestrianism and how has your career developed? 


Loaned a pony at age 10yrs, took part in Pony Club activities. At 12yrs I got my own pony, Tino 14hh, took part in Pony Club area teams and finished 3rd in my first BE90 at Hopetoun International in 2012. I was offered a ride on Jacaranda Prince and was selected for the u18 CCi 1* Scotland eventing team in 2014. In 2015 and 2016 I was a member of the u18 CCI 1* team again on my own horse Pocket Rocket. On leaving school I went to work with Wills Oakden and evented  2 horses of my own and one belonging to an owner.  In Dec 2017 I went to work and ride for my current owners Geoff and Elspeth Adam in Melrose and started the partnership with Shadow Lad. I was in the horsescotland Development squad in 2017 and 2018.


Who is your sporting hero? Why?

Ant Middleton – British adventurer, former soldier and marine

He is inspirational with a positive motivational outlook on life. I admire his work ethic and desire to succeed, believing that you can achieve whatever you put your mind to.

Equestrian Ambition: 

To ride at Badminton and be a member of a medal winning team for GB in eventing.


Where are you based?

Melrose in the Scottish Borders

Random/ Interesting fact about yourself: 

I was born on the day that Scotland played Brazil in the World Cup finals.

How will being part of the performance programme benefit you personally?:  

The expert instruction from Harry and John will enable me to translate these techniques into my day to day training of my event horses leading to better future performances.

Result/ accolade highlights:

5th in CCI3*L Blair Castle 2021 on Shadow Lad

9th in CC12*L on Twilight AZ

(Highest placed Scottish rider in both classes).

Social Media/ Website Links:

Twitter- @YoungEventRider

Instagram – douglascrawfordeventing

Douglas's Horses.

Passport Name: Shadow Lad 

Stable Name: Lad

Owner:  Geoff and Elspeth Adam

Year of birth:  2011

Sex: Gelding 

Height: 16.1hh 

Colour: Chestnut

Sire: Cranny Vol Clover 

Dam: Cranny Bliss

Grade: 1    138 points

Result/Accolade Highlights:  
5th in CCi3*L at Blair Castle August 2021

2nd in CCi 3*S at Alnwick Castle June 2021

2nd at Belsay International Open Intermediate June 2021

Outstanding Features/temperament:

Small, compact brave horse with a big jump who has a willingness to please.


His great grand sire was Clover HIll.


Passport Name: Twilight A Z

Stable Name: Twilight

Owner: Geoff and Elspeth Adam 

Year of birth: 2009

Sex: Mare

Height: 16.1hh 

Colour: Dark Bay 

Sire: Tsar Hero 

Dam: Samsara

Grade: 2    36 points

Result/Accolade Highlights:  

9th in CCI2*L at Blair Castle August 2021

3nd in her second Intermediate at Hopetoun in June 2021

4th in the Novice Masters Championship at Allerton Park in September 2021.

Outstanding Features/temperament:

Big, genuine horse with amazing paces. Kind, easy to handle and a pleasure to have on the yard.


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