Jane Holderness-Roddam achieved sporting fame by winning Badminton on her horse Our Nobby in 1968. She was selected for the Olympic three-day event team and became the first British woman to compete and win a team gold medal. Her other horses included Warrior, who carried her to victory at Burghley in 1976, Team Gold at the European Championships at Burghley in 1977, and to success again at Badminton in 1978.
Following retirement from eventing, Jane remained involved as Chairman and now President of British Eventing. During her illustrious career she has judged, instructed and competed in many countries and made a significant contribution to equestrian sport and to the promotion of related education and training, including improving the welfare of horses. Many charities have benefitted from Jane’s work, including World Horse Welfare, The Brooke and Riding for the Disabled association, where she held the role of Chair for many years.
Jane was a governor at Hartpury for eight years from 2007. She was awarded a CBE for services to equestrian sport in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2004, and currently serves as Lady-in-Waiting to The Princess Royal.
This honorary degree is in recognition of Jane’s contribution to equestrian sport and to the promotion of equine-related education.