Piggy French has a cross to bear. “They’ll have to write the name ‘Piggy’ in the history books – that’ll annoy them all,” she laughs, before wondering whether it’s too late to start going by her christened name, Georgina.
It almost certainly is. After two decades contesting the uppermost echelons of three-day eventing, French, 38, is basking in the glow of her biggest victory yet. Riding Vanir Kamira, she took this month’s Badminton Horse Trials, the sport’s most coveted prize. Her win – the narrowest in the competition’s 70-year history – saw her relegate the ostensibly unassailable leader, Oliver Townend, into second place on time penalties.
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Article written by: Tilly Berendt