“This means everything to me. Every second of this year has been focused on this moment.”
Paul Tapner’s win at Badminton aboard Inonothing combined with a stellar performance and 10th place finish on Stormhill Michael is a monumental step forward in his career.
One year after arriving in Britain from Australia, Paul Tapner won the Bramham CCI*** in 2000 on Highpoint and decided to remain in the UK permanently. He is based at Wickstead Equestrian Centre, a livery and riding school. Paul’s wife Georgina helps him run Tapner Eventing, and they have two kids; Joshua (6) and Madison (3).
Paul says he nearly gave up on Mannie, who was known as Spinhead. His persistence and dedication paid off. Inonothing has an incredible international record finishing 7th at Burghley, 12th at Gatcombe CIC***W, and 7th at Luhmehlen CCI**** just last year. Now both horse and rider can add a Badminton win to their bios. I really hope we see this incredible team in Kentucky this fall!
The wet weather never phased Paul and his horses. According to Equestrian Australia, after winning, Paul said, “I love the rain. That’s why I’m in this country.”
Fun Facts about Paul from Equestrian New South Wales
- Paul has a Bachelor’s Degree of Applied Science in Agriculture
- He has ridden since age 7 and picked this sport because of an “inexplicable desire to ride”
- He has an Australian sports medal for exceptional services to the pony club movement
- Paul says: Go hard or go home, and remember to have fun!
Paul Tapner and Inonothing jump the last fence at Badminton. Crossing the finish line after cross-country is always such an awesome feeling, and Paul is sharing it with hundreds of fans! He is obviously excited, and he looks relieved too!
I hope Tapner got those cold beers he mentioned; he certainly deserves them.