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Jonty EVANS

Jonty EVANS, Irish Eventing athlete.

Name Jonty EVANS
FEI ID 10004570
Gender Male
Date of Birth 04/10/1971
Competing for Ireland - IRL
Registration Eventing 2018
Last update 14/09/2018
FEI Database
Eventing 70x70
General Interest
Hobbies Watching sport, running, going to the gym. (jontyevans.co.uk, 01 Jul 2016)
Hero / Idol New Zealand event rider Andrew Nicholson, Irish jockey AP McCoy, Welsh rugby player JPR Williams, Irish rugby player Ronan O'Gara. (thegaitpost.com, 10 Oct 2015)
Injuries In June 2018 he sustained a serious brain injury after a fall from his horse at the 2018 Tattersalls International Horse Trials in Ratoath, Ireland. He was unconscious for six weeks and 11 weeks after the accident he was transferred to a specialist neurological unit. (bbc.co.uk, 23 Aug 2018, 20 Jul 2018, 11 Jun 2018) In June 2014 he was left partially paralysed after a fall from a horse at home. He broke three vertebrae, suffered a brain haemorrhage and lost all feeling in his right leg. He returned to competition less than two months later. (horseandhound.co.uk, 19 Aug 2014)
Famous relatives His wife Jane has participated in team chasing, while his daughter Amelia has competed in eventing on ponies. (jontyevans.co.uk, 01 Jul 2016)
Other information CROWDFUNDER In July 2017 he launched a crowdfunding campaign to try and purchase Rorkes Drift, the horse he rode at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The following month he met his target after he was given a preferential rate by its owners, and purchased the horse for 500,000 euros. "I am lost for words and so, so grateful to everyone who donated. I just can't believe it. This was my last and final choice, and I didn't really think it could be done." (rte.ie, 09 Aug 2017; bbc.co.uk, 18 Jul 2017) STABLES He runs Jonty Evans Eventing from Manor Farm in Cheltenham, England. He trains horses and runs clinics from the facility. "I didn't come from a background with money and I'm very proud of the fact that although my wife and I hardly make any money, we have really good loyal owners and some super horses and I enjoy what we do." (Facebook profile, 30 Jan 2018; thegaitpost.com, 10 Oct 2015) OTHER ACTIVITIES In addition to his equestrian career, he is an experienced commentator and interviewer. He has annually hosted the Celebrity Talk area at the Burghley Horse Trials in England, where he interviews international eventers. He has also worked on the committee for the Event Riders Association, an organisation that works to give a united voice to event riders worldwide. (jontyevans.co.uk, 01 Jul 2016; eventingriders.com, 20 Feb 2016)
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Jane, daughter Amelia, son Charlie
Residence Cheltenham, ENG
Occupation Business Owner, Coach, Horse Trainer, Media Professional
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
Name of coach Ian Woodhead [national]; Ian Fearon [national]; Gareth Hughes [personal]