Australian Riding Team
Chris Chugg


Nickname(s): Chuggy
Riding Diciplines: Showjumping
Coach(es): National SJ coach - Gilbert Bockmann
Horses: Vivant


Breed(s)/Breeding(pedigree)/Breeder of horses:

ASB horses are imported European warmbloods


Is your area a noted horse district?  If so give details:

Hawkesbury Valley - big equestrian and racing area


Special care and management considerations of your horse(s)?

Energy levels without heat, special needs of breeding and working stallions


Name the most influential person in your riding career:

My wife, Helen, and my mum, Bev. They always work towards the same goals.


Special highlight(s) in your riding career:

Representing Australia of course!


Describe your first pony:

"Charlie" Black Welsh Section A


Describe your riding history:

Riding since 8yrs old. Eventing and dressage early on, showjumping since early 80's!!!


Do you have any hobbies/other interests?

Water skiing


Describe your most embarrassing moment (horsey):

Falling off in front of the Royal Box at Hickstead and being dragged backwards across the hallowed turf.  Being eliminated in the dressage at Sydney Three Day Event.  I had a mental block after the walk on a free rein and continued straight out the exit!!!  Probably the catalyst for the change to showjumping!!


Do you have any 'other' animals?

German Shepherds - two at the moment, and by virtue of Helen, four cats - which I have to admit to liking as well


What are your ambitions?

To represent Australia again


What do you require from your horse feed?

Cool, responsive energy

Balanced minerals and vitamins

Energy for work, without excess calories (Warmbloods tend to be very good doers)

Coat condition

No fuss breeding feeds

Specific young horse feeds


Which Pryde's feeds do you use and why do you like them?

EasiResponse for our showjumping team.  BioMare Cubes to provide all the right mix for our broodmares and growing youngsters.  Easy to use and know they are right for the job!


Have you trained or coached any riders who have had success?

* Michelle Barrera, Junior Rider to Philippine representative at the 2006 World Cup Final, the youngest World Cup Qualifier Winner in Australia and Silver Medallist at the Asian Games.

* Chris Chadwick, Junoir Rider to World Cup representative and youngest World Cup Qualifier Winner here, until Michelle!

* Karla Koffel, Winner New Zealand Young Rider Championships

* Amanda Madigan, World Cup Qualifier Winner, Aust rep for World Cup Finals, and still a very important part of our team here at Diamond B!


How will Pryde's Sponsorship make a difference to you?

To help us devote more time to preparing for (right now) the 2008 Olympic Games.