Tom Crisp

Home for Tom, his wife Sophie and three kids, is Mayfield in East Sussex, where Sophie’s parents have an extensive yard stretching to some 60 acres. 

Harry, the eldest and Hermione, the youngest at just 20 months old, are already following in their parents footsteps - Hermione is most upset when being taken off a horse and is quite happy wandering around the yard all day! Hugo, is a little less interested in riding but a great extra hand on and around the yard.

Born in Norfolk, Tom went to Ireland for 6 months after finishing school to start his career in eventing, this was followed by various pupil placements around the UK.

Horses have been 38 year-old Tom’s passion ever since he can remember, and over the years he has continually achieved an ever greater level of success with many highlights along the way, including 13th place in the CCI4* at Luhmuhlen in 2009 and top 25 finish at Burghley 2012. In 2014 Tom also placed 14th at Luhmuhlen CCI4*, 11th at Burghley CCI4* in 2014 and 19th in 2015. Most recently finishing in the top 25 at Pau CCI4* in 2016 and finishing this season at Burghley CCI4* in 16th.

Tom’s Young Rider achievements include:

• 2nd National Championships 1999

• Team Silver Young Rider Europeans at Necarne

• Highest Place Young Rider at Burghley CCI4* 2001

Alongside his eventing Tom does his bit to help the community in Mayfield, working as a retained firefighter when his schedule allows it!

Sophie Crisp

Having competed at the highest levels of the sport, Sophie has also represented her country on more than one occasion. Her eventing highlights have included Badminton and Luhmuhlen but she will argue that her most recent highlight has been her two sons Harry and Hugo and daughter Hermione.

Amy Akehurst

Amy is our Head Girl and Travelling Groom. She is enthusiastic, bubbly and hard working. Before joining Team Crisp she completed an Extended Diploma in Horse Management at Hadlow College. She joined us mid-season 2016 after working through her holidays whilst at college. In May 2015 she was thrown in at the deep end grooming at Houghton CCI** and did a fantastic job.

Badminton 2019 was a special event for Amy as she had both Coolys Luxury and Liberty & Glory, 2 horses at 5* was a first for Amy. Her hard work and dedication to the horses and the sport paid off when she was awarded the Badminton Horse Trials Groom Award.

Safiya Hodgson

Saf started working for Team Crisp in February 2020, after completing work experience with us in 2018 and continuing to help us during her holidays alongside completing her A-Levels.

She has brought her horse Lulu, with her, with the aim to begin eventing, alongside their training from Tom. 

Saf is a great addition to the team, with a love for the horses and desire to broaden her understanding an experience within the eventing industry.