Who is your sporting hero? Why?: Marcus Ehning - He does so much on the horse but never actually moves. I have followed his career and respect what he does. I would love to be able to emulate his success.
Date started on performance squad?: November 2011
Equestrian Ambition: Being selected to compete at an Olympic Games
Where are you based?: Kilmarnock
What are the benefits of being a member of the performance squad for you personally?: I have picked up a lot of knowledge and it is brilliant working with John and Erik. I have learned more than I ever thought I would.
Being part of the squad I have learned a wide range of things, including a lot of knowledge about flat work and jumping and how to put it all together.
It is good to be in a squad of people, it allows me to compare what others are doing with what I am doing. It pushes me to do better.
There is a lot of support from the rest of the squad too.
Random/ Interesting fact about yourself: I was not that interested in horses when I was younger. I used to attend shows with my sisters to watch them compete. I started riding when I was 7, and when I was about 8 I started really concentrating on it and going to shows to compete myself. I am now working on improving and trying to be the best I can be.
Graham is currently in Holland then Belgium followed by Olympia Horse Show the week leading up to Christmas then Liverpool International on the run up to new year.
The highlights of our year so far are Ma Fleur moving into the number 1 spot on the FEI World Young Horse Ranking list. Boucheron being consistently placed in world ranking classes, Graham moving up approximately 600 places on the world ranking rider list, now sitting at place number 320 & Gijon.
1st - Winter Novice Qualifier on 15/11/18 with Ma Fleur at Morris Equestrians Winter Classic Show qualifying the pair for Hickstead.
1st - Grand Prix on Boucheron on 18/11/18
1st - Scottish Branch Young Riders Championship on Glencoe at SNEC11/11/18
1st - Gents Championship with Ecosse 11/11/18
Glencoe: 3rd in 7 year olds (11/10/18), 1st in 7 year olds (13/10/18) & 1st in 7 year old Grand Prix (14/10/18)
Farao M: 3rd in 2* 1.30 on Friday 12th of October.
Ecosse: 3rd in 2* 1.40 on Friday 12th if October.
29/08/2018 - 02/09/2018 Gijon 5* (Graham's first 5* show) Glencoe 1st in 1* 7 year old opening day. Ecosse clear every day in 5* 1.40, accumulator & 1.45 speed. Boucheron 6th place in 5* 1.45 speed.
22/08/2018 - 24/08/2018 Auvers France Boucheron 3rd place in 2* 1.45 Grand Prix. Glencoe 1st place 7 year old Grand Prix.
27/07/2018 - 29/07/2018 Fontainebleau - Grand Prix Classic Show: Boucheron: 2nd place in 2* 1.45 LR (Longines Ranking) & 2nd place in 2* 1.45 LR Grand Prix. Glencoe: 1st in 7 year old class. Ecosse: 4th place in 1.45 class.
19/07/2018 - 22/07/2018 Fontainebleau. Carlingfords On The Rocks: 4th place in a 6 year old class. Glencoe: 1st place in 7 year old class. Boucheron: 2nd place in 2* Longines World Ranking 1.45 class. Ecosse: 5th place in 2* 1.35 class, 3rd place in 2* 1.45 class.
13/07/2018 Part of NAF British Young Rider Team, who won Gold at the Young Rider European Championships in Fontainebleau, France. Boucheron was 4th on the first day (10/07/2018).
26/6/18 Ma Fleur 1st in 6 year old Grand Prix
21/06/2018 - 24/06/2018 Royal Highland Show. Glencoe: 6th place in Accumulator. Farao M: 2nd place in the Breakfast Stakes. Boucheron: 1st place in the International Stairway & 2nd place in the Young Masters final.
Bolesworth International 14th June 2018 - Graham competed at his first 4* show. Boucheron was 8th equal alongside John Whitaker on Fridays 4* 1.50 class Boo was also 6th in the 4* 1.45 class on Saturday.
27/5/18 Cluedo wins the 2* 1.30 Final.
25/5/18 Farao M 3rd place in 1.40 Ma Fleur 2nd in 6 year olds
BONHEIDEN, BELGIUM 24/5/18 Cluedo 2nd in 1.35 Ma Fleur 1st place in 6 year old & moves up to 1st place in the 6 year old world ranking list! A definite highlight of our year.
21/5/18 Farao M 1st place in 1.35 Ma Fleur 2nd place in 6 year olds & Carlingfords On The Rocks 5th in 6 year olds Cluedo 1st in 1.30
20/5/18 Cluedo 1st in 1.30 Boucheron 5th in world ranking 1.45 class
LIER INTERNATIONAL, BELGIUM 19/5/18 Ma Fleur 1st in 6 year olds & Carlingfords On The Rocks taking 4th place Cluedo 1st place in 1.30
13/5/18 Ma Fleur 1st place in 6 year old Grand Prix Boucheron 2nd place in 2* world ranking 1.45 grand prix
11/5/18 Farao M 3rd place in 2* 1.35 Cluedo 3rd in 2* 1.40
SENTOWER PARK, BELGIUM 10/5/18 Boucheron 1st in 2* 1.40 world ranking class, Ecosse 11th in same class Carlingfords On The Rocks 3rd in 6 year olds
28/4/18: ML Agricultural Show Figaro 2nd in Royal Highland Show Young Masters Qualifier
27/4/18: ML Agricultural Show Glencoe 1st in B&C Royal Highland Show Qualifier, Ecosse 3rd in same class. Figaro 1st in 1.30
Finished in Vilamoura
31/3/18 Farao M 2nd place in 3* 1.35 Boucheron 2nd in 3* world ranking 1.45 Grand Prix
30/3/18 Farao M 2nd in 3* 1.35
29/3/18 Boucheron 1st in 3* world ranking 1.45 class
28/3/18 Ma Fleur 1st in 6 year olds Glencoe 2nd in 7 year olds
27/3/18 Carlingfords On The Rocks 1st in the 6 year olds
26/3/18 Carlingfords On The Rocks 1st in the 6 year olds Glencoe 1st in the 7 year olds
24/3/18 Cluedo 2nd in 3* 1.35 Boucheron 2nd in 3* 1.45 world ranking class
23/3/18 Cluedo 1st in 3* 1.35
21/3/18 Ma Fleur & Carlingfords On The Rocks 1st equal in 6 year olds
20/3/18 Carlingfords On The Rocks 4th in 6 year olds Glencoe 2nd in 7 year olds
19/3/18 Ma Fleur JS 1st in 6 year olds Carlingfords On The Rocks 4th in 6 year olds
4/3/18 Epinal 7th in 2* 1.35 Accumulator Boucheron 4th in 2* 1.45 Grand Prix
3/3/18 Farao M 4th in 2* 1.35 & Ecosse 7th Cluedo II 2nd in 2* 1.30
2/3/18 Boucheron 3rd in 2* 1.45
1/3/18 Cluedo II 3rd in 2* 1.30
28/2/18 Ma Fleur JS 2nd in 6 year olds & Carlingfords On The Rocks 3rd
27/2/18 Carlingfords On The Rocks 1st in 6 year olds
25/2/18 Ecosse 10th in 3* 1.30
22/2/18 Farao M 7th 3* 1.35 Ma Fleur JS 2nd in 6 year olds, Carlingfords On The Rocks 12th Glencoe 4th in 7 year olds
20/2/18 Ma Fleur JS 2nd in 6 year olds, Carlingfords On The Rocks 7th
18/2/18 Cluedo II 3* 1.30
17/2/18 Boucheron 9th in 3* 1.45 Cluedo II 13th in 3* 1.30
16/2/18 Boucheron 11th 3* 1.45
15/2/18 Farao M 2nd 3* 1.30 Cluedo II 5th in 3* 1.30 Carlingfords On The Rocks 6th in 6 year olds
14/2/18 Ma Fleur JS 3rd in 6 year olds Glencoe 6th in 7 year olds
13/2/18 Glencoe 6th in 7 year old
Won the 7 yr old championship at Scope Festival in September 2013
Won the 1.38m class at HOYS in 2012
Team Gold Medallist at FEI European Pony Championships 2011, Jaszkowo, Poland
Comments: Boo is a horse with a great characer. Graham has had him since he was a seven year old. e won the National 7yo title at his third show. He is now jumping at 1.50m.
Hippolyta V\H Lambroeck
Stable Name: Polly
Owner: Graham Babes
Sire: Contact VD Heffinck
Dam: Ucayall VH Cambroeck x Darco
Comments: Polly is a new addition. She is very quick and careful and has already won a few classes. She will be a great speed horse.
Stable Name: Faro
Owner: Trish Fraser and Graham Babes
Dam: Ester - ED King Hill
Faro is a big scopey horse. Graham has taken his time with him this year to allow him to mature in his body and mind. He is now jumping a few 1.30m classes.
Owner: Patricia Fraser and Graham Babes
Dam: Vicky V1 By Contender
Cluedo has a great character. He loves jumping and is a real winner. He has won everywhere he has gone. This summer he stepped up to two star level. He is a big scopey horse who will go onto jump Grand Prix.
MA Fleur JS
Stable Name: Fleur
Owner: Graham Babes
Dam: Da Bella x Cassini II
Fleur is a lovely sweet natured horse with the best of breeding. She always does her best to please you. She is showing tremendous potential in her ability and attitude. She's a real prospect for the future.
Stable Name: Glen
Owner: Graham Babes
Sire: Chelltago Z
Dam: All Star - Numero Uno
Glen is a super prospect for the future. He won the 5yo class at the Royal Highland Show. He has just moved up to 1.20m level and looking very promising.
Carlingfords On The Rocks
Stable name: Dante
Owner: George Babes
Dam: Carlingfords Lucy
Comments: Dante has been progressing very well this year, taking in some of his first International shows & is showing exciting potential for the future.
Stable Name: Ecosse
Owner: Graham Babes
Comments: Ecossse was bred by us, his mother was competed by my sister Stacey. So he is very special to us & is progressing well at international level.