David Wilding-Davies, Eventer and Adventurer
David Wilding-Davies’ life is the stuff of adventure novels or blockbuster movies. Having represented Canada at the Olympics and World Equestrian Games in eventing with a mount he bought when not yet a teenager, Wilding-Davies has also established a Zimbabwean coffee farm, was forced to flee the country’s violent and unstable political climate with a young family, and is now an author and successful entrepreneur. The affable Wilding-Davies, 50, took some time with Horse Sport to share his fascinating story and, of course, chat about horses. A Fairy-Tale Beginning For Wilding-Davies Wilding-Davies grew up in Langley, BC, on a hobby farm owned by his parents, Peter and Michelle. He and his sister Emma spent “a huge amount of time mucking around with our ponies” during their childhood. At age 12, he bought his first horse with money saved from raising chickens. That 16.1-hand, five-year-old chestnut Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse “ended up, of course,…
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