Matthew first sat on a pony at only 18 months old and coming from a strong equestrian background it was inevitable he would show a remarkable talent with horses. He completed his first Burghley Horse Trials at the rare age of only 18 years old and would go on to achieve huge amounts of success for Great Britain at Junior, Young Rider and Senior level.
In 2002 he took home a Silver medal at the Young Rider European Championships in Austria on board a horse he backed, broke, produced and bred himself, the skew-bald gelding ‘Park Pilot’.
In 2005 the combination continued their success story to make their Senior Squad debut at the FEI European Championships at Blenheim Palace where they finished 13th.
Over the years Matthew has continued to achieve impressive results, bringing through and producing horses to compete at the highest of levels using his wealth of knowledge, experience and natural talent.
In 2014/2015 due to unforeseen circumstances Matthew had to take a step back from eventing at top level so decided to concentrate on producing his string of exciting young horses for the future. Even leading the quiet life he still managed several International placings coming 3rd at Hartpury CCI**, 3rd at Ballindenisk CCI** on Shannondale Shinawil and 1st in the CCI* at Ballindenisk on board Rakam D'Emra in 2015. In 2016 he also finished 7th in the CCI** in Tattersalls with DHI Paparazzi.
The 2018 season was looking to be a promising year in the Team Wright camp, having picked up some additional Advanced horses to add to the string thanks to incredibly loyal owners. Matthew could not wait to finally return to action. In 2018 Matthew was also blessed to pick up some fantastically supportive sponsors that can be found on the sponsors page, and without them none of the comeback would have been possible.
And a great comeback it proved to be. Matthew not only completed four CCI***’s (now CCI4*) clear in 2018 with Bramham, Tattersalls and Blenheim being on the list. He also moved his string of young and intermediate horses up the levels to return in 2019 with International qualifications. 2018 also saw his 18th International win at Tattersalls CCI* (now CCI2*) on board The Corn Crake, and Matthew also gained himself plenty of points in 2018 to firmly put himself back into the British Eventing Top 100 Rider Rankings.
In 2019 Team Wright is aiming to build a strong team of class young horses for the future, some homebred at his own Caunton Manor Stud, which he runs with his wife Victoria.
MAJOR RESULTS TO DATE
5/6/03 – Bramham CCI*** U25 – 4th Park Pilot
29/4/04 – Badminton CCI**** - 9th Mallards Treat
9/9/04 – Blenheim CCI*** - 2nd Park Pilot
8/9/05 – FEI European Championships – 13th Park Pilot
22/4/06 – Ballindenisk CIC***W – 1st Park Pilot
- 3rd L’air Du Jour
18/5/06 – Punchestown CCI** - 1st Singalong
18/8/06 – Thirlestane Scottish Championships – 3rd Cermont
24/8/06 – Blair Castle CCI*** - 2nd Well Spotted
20/5/07 – Punchestown CCI* - 1st Noisette Des Pres
CCI*** 4th Another Cavalier
3/6/07 – Tattersalls CCI** - 5th L’aristo Du Lado
CCI* - 4th Grove Joucas
13/9/07 - Necarne CCI** - 1st If You Want II
- 2nd L’aristo Du Lado
21/9/07 - Deauville CCI***-3rd If You Want II
22/5/08 – Houghton CCI**- 2nd Hugginstown
15/6/08 – Bramham CCI*** - 3rd L’aristo Du Lado
21/9/08 – Necarne CCI** - 1st Caunton Welldone
27/8/09 – Blair Castle CCI*** - 3rd Well Spotted
CCI** - 1st Hugginstown
23/4/10 – Central Scotland CCI** - 2nd Caunton Welldone
30/5/10 – Tattersalls CCI** - 3rd If You Want II
3/6/10 – Bramham CCI*** - 14th Caunton Welldone
26/8/10 – Blair Castle CIC*** - 1st Park Pilot
CCI** - 1st Hugginstown
30/9/10 – Osberton CCI** - 1st If You Want II
21/4/11 – Badminton CCI**** - 18th Well Spotted
14/5/11 – Chatsworth CIC***W – 14th Fernhill Express
30/7/11 – Hopetoun CIC*** - 7th Dark Crusader
14/9/11 – Ballindenisk CCI** - 1st Fernhill Express
CIC*** - 9th Noisette Des Pres
2011 Express Eventing Series Winner – If You Want II
23/8/12 – Blair Castle CCI*** - 3rd Alvescot Prada
12/9/12 – Ballindenisk CCI*** - 4th Alvescot Prada
7th Caunton Welldone
22/8/13 – Blair Castle CCI** - 5th Hugginstown
3/10/13 – Osberton CCI** - 5th Shannondale Shinawil
22/5/14 – Houghton CCI** - 2nd Shannondale Shinawil
1/8/14 – Festival of British Eventing – 5th Silken Scully
7/8/14 – Hartpury CCI** - 1st Shannondale Shinawil
21/8/14 – Blair Castle CCI** - 1st Hugginstown
2/10/14 – Osberton CCI** - 5th Shannondale Shinawil
- 8th Dark Crusader
28/05/15 - Houghton CCI** - 6th Shannondale Shinawil
13/08/15 - Hartpury CCI** - 3rd Shannondale Shinawil
24/09/15 - Ballindenisk CCI** - 3rd Shannondale Shinawil
24/09/15 - Ballindenisk CCI* - 1st Rakam D'Emra
07/06/16 - Tattersalls CCI** - 7th DHI Paparazzi
03/06/18 - Tattersalls CCI* - 1st The Corn Crake