Alan Davies and his friend Valegro!


The riders on the podium! The National anthem! The flower bouquets! The medals!  And behind all that……the horses and their grooms.  I don’t mean to take anything away from the riders but for getting onto the Olympic or World Championship podium the grooms are an essential part of the team and their contribution cannot be underestimated.

“Alan Davies, our travelling groom, is definitely the key to my success–he never stresses, and he’s the most incredible supporter and so proud of what our horses achieve.”—-Charlotte Dujardin.

This past week I had the opportunity to speak with Alan Davies, one of the world’s best known grooms, in the tack room of Carl Hester’s yard in Gloucestershire, England.


Alan, in case you don’t know him, is the groom responsible for Valegro, the Olympic gold medal winning horse, ridden by Charlotte Dujardin, in London 2012 and Rio 2016. He is also the groom responsible for Carl…

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