Chris Chugg

Chris Chugg

 Horses have always played a huge role in my life from a very young age, this all started from my mother Bev who was heavily involved the trotting scene. As I grew older my interests had branched out to the Olympic disciplines of Dressage and Eventing before deciding to specialise in Showjumping with an aim of making a living and professional career out of it.

I am  a 5 times Australian Showjumping Champion (3 years consecutive on Vivant – 2007 (April 2008 due to EI), 2008, 2009).

An Australian Representative at World Cup Finals in Paris 1987, Gotenburg 1991 – 19th individually on Mr Currency, Geneva 2010 – 7th Individually on Vivant.

And an Australian Representative at 2010 World Equestrian Games Kentucky – Finishing 21st individually on Vivant.

If you are looking for a  NCAS level 3 Showjumping instructor, consultant for your next horse purchase or wish to enquire about clinics please get in touch with me via the contact page. 


Past Stars 

No rider can accomplish anything without the horses that got them there, this is a tribute to not only my skills and expertise but also my experiences in the sport both domestically and internationally.

My first international horse was Skyhigh (IMP) – a bay stallion of old style breeding but he didn’t know that! He was fast, competitive, my first project and my friend. He was the horse that started my world cup career, winning my first ever world cup start at Armidale in 1981 and taking me on my first trip to Europe in 1987 for the Paris World Cup Final.

The next big thing for my career was a little horse off the track by the name of Mr Currency. The time from between buying him and competing him at the World Cup final in Gotenburg 1991 was three years and he was a nine year old. After that he then went on to compete at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and finished on 4 faults in the Nations Cup.

WS Scandal was my next international horse, she was also an ex-racehorse. A black thoroughbred mare standing at 16hh, owned and started by Peter Wagner. She was a top competitor, and was the horse that secured Australia’s team spot for the Atlanta Olympics as a 7 year old by winning and placing in Grand prixs on the 1995 European Tour.

Diamond B Ego –  The homebred favourite that had great success as a Grand Prix and World Cup competitor in Australia. Winner of the prestigious Golden Grand Award 3 times and qualified for three World cup Finals, although I never took him overseas. He was the horse that everyone needs to keep their career afloat and successful between the international horses he did this for me for several years.

Vivant – By far the best athlete that I've had the privilege to work with. His jumping career started as a 4 year old and he went from strength to strength and took me in to the most exciting time of my international career taking me to the World Cup Final in Geneva 2010 placing 7th individually and then on the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky 2010 where we placed 21st individually and 7th as a team. He has far too many results to list, as he continues to be at the pinnacle of the sport competing under the Ukraine flag with Cassio Rivetti.