Heidi Woodhead (née Simmons) is well known as an International event rider, exceptional producer of young horses, BHSI and BE accredited Coach. Based in Yorkshire with husband Ian, they have built the internationally renowned DHI Event Horses, specialising in producing and selling quality young horses for competition.
Heidi has competed at Badminton and Burghley several times, and represented Team GB at Aachen CHIO alongside ‘The Biz’, who she produced from a four-year-old. Numerous DHI horses continue to follow in his world class footsteps, proving great success on the International circuit.
A selection some of the DHI graduates who have competed successfully at CCI4 & 5* level include, Deniro Z, DHI Topper W, DHI Mighty Dwight, DHI Lupison, Russal Z, DHI Babette K, Evento, DHI Beaunesse and DHI Top Story, with many exciting younger horses climbing the ranks every year.
As a trainer, Heidi is known for improving and building confidence in both horse and rider. She enjoys teaching riders at all levels, specialising in cross country and jumping skills. Riders travel the length and breadth of the country to utilise the extensive training facilities.
Ian Woodhead is one of the original founders of DHI, and has seen the brand evolve from its early days over 25 years ago. Originally from Grimsby, Ian has a background working with horses and was involved in the running of the family business, Weelsby Park Riding School, before he went to Talland Equitation to train under the expert eye of Mrs Sivewright.
Amongst his many equestrian achievements, Ian was the National Under 21 dressage trainer for 18 years, during which time the dressage pony team won ten European Championship medals. In 2004 Ian moved away from pure dressage and is now a well respected trainer for many top international event riders including Ros Canter, Nicola Wilson, Piggy French, Laura Collett, Gemma Tattersall and many other British and Irish senior squad members.
In 2014, Ian was appointed to the Irish High Performance Eventing Squad as dressage coach, with huge improvements seen with the Irish team’s dressage performances – culminating in the team securing a World Equestrian Games silver medal and Padraig McCarthy individual silver, in 2018.
Ian is proud to have been part of many eventing championship medal successes at European, World and Olympic level. He is also a proud father, with Amy and Holly Woodhead both representing Great Britain at Young Rider European Championships in dressage and eventing, and Holly being selected for the Senior European Championship Squad in 2015, with DHI Lupison
In 2006, Ian was awarded the British Equestrian Federation Medal of Honor in recognition of his achievements and dedication to coaching, and he continues to be a much sought after trainer.