Philippa Nixon Eventing

Little Whittington Farm is base for Local Event rider, Philippa Nixon. As well as schooling and competition liveries, Philippa has a strong team of horses from young to 3* Eventer's.


2020 started brilliantly with top horses Amigo (PRF Divo Mail) and Snoopy (Arctic Cruising) winning and placing 2nd at Lincolnshire Intermediate, in March. Their seasons ended there due to COVID, but they will aim for an early season start in 2021. Following the covid break, young horses Buster, Bruce and Magnus came out on fighting form to start their competition careers. Buster won his first 100, followed by two-second places and is showing lots of promise for the next level in 2021. Bruce, a particular yard favourite (pictured), was placed in the top 4 in all of his 100 events and equally shows exciting promise for his novice transition. 

2019 also proved to be a successful season for 22 year old Pip, both with the young horses and top horses Amigo and Snoopy. Amigo had a fabulous season over novice and intermediate courses, finishing the season on a high in 5th place in the 3* long format at Oasby International. Snoopy was delighted to be back out competing, running well throughout the summer. He finished with a  brilliant performance at Blair Castle Horse Trials for 11th place in the 3*. 

2021 promises to be an exciting season, with a variety of horses. Alongside Snoopy and amigo, Pip has very exciting young horses, ready to start their affiliated careers, last years starters looking to prove their talent through the levels for local owners, as well as 2 beautiful homebred who will be aimed at unaffiliated competitions this year. 

Looking back:

Pip had great success in 2016, winning the Open Pony Club eventing champs on her own Arctic Cruising, a 16.3hh Grey Gelding, and the Scottish Novice championship on Game of Luck, owned by Miss Lauren Chaffey. Pip has represented Northern England at National competitions and in Ireland with Dunloughan Whirlwind and Arctic Cruising (Snoopy). 

In 2018, Arctic Cruising took a year off, allowing Philippa to concentrate on her up and coming younger horses. PRF Divo Mail, owned by Mr and Mrs Nixon, succesfully moved up from Novice to Intermediate, completing his first CIC and CCI 1* events. He finished the season in great form, with a 5th in the Intermediate at Allerton Park , and 7th in CIC 1* at Alnwick Ford. 

PRF Divo Mail (Amigo) wins Lincolnshire Intermediate 2020

Meet Our Sponsors

Equine Products

Equine Products

Manufactures horse supplements

AMZ Saddles

AMZ Saddles

Saddle service fitting, serving England and Scotland

Finest Properties

Finest Properties

Equestrian property

Shaw & Co. Solicitors

Shaw & Co. Solicitors

Equestrian Law

Graham Reader

Graham Reader

Mechanic: Hexham, Northumberland

About Philippa 

Pip, now 22, has ridden since a small child, hunting and competing from the age of 5. Her passions include hunting with the Tynedale Hunt, Eventing and training young horses. She receives regular training from Charlotte Ridley, John Hill, Melissa Chapman and Will Murray and is hugely focused on producing horses through to 3* level.

Philippa is an active member of the South Northumberland Pony Club and holds her B+ test. In 2015 Pip spent 4 months training with 4* Event rider Nicola Wilson in Yorkshire with her top horse Arctic Cruising. 

Philippa Nixon Eventing

Competition livery 

This season Philippa is fortunate to have a great string of horses from home-bred youngsters to 3* CCI level.

Philippa welcomes new owners and has availability for horses on competition livery. Facilities include 8 large monarch stables, 4 further wooden stables, horse walker, sand paddocks, sand arena with full set of show jumps, x-country course and great hacking facilities. 

5* yard with packages to suit individual horses and owners. Horses welcomed at all ages and abilities.

We pride ourselves on being a friendly, fun team of local owners and friends. Regular training sessions carried out with local instructors Charlotte Ridley, John Hill, Will Murray and Melissa Chapman. 


Exciting delivery!

May 09, 2020

Exciting delivery this week, my new jumping saddle has arrived!


Big thank you to my sponsor AMZ saddles, it is gorgeous! I also got a lovely stud girth and some stirrup leathers! Can’t wait to get out and about once the lockdown is over!

Quiet time

April 16, 2020

Well it has been a slightly quieter time here due to the much-needed lockdown, but we have had time to have a good spring clean of the yard and all the stables have been power washed and painted so are looking very tidy, even mum with one hand has been helping!!

The horses are all looking and feeling on great form thanks to Equine Products UK and Baileys! They are all enjoying a slightly easier time with lots of hacking and flatwork!

A big thank you to all sponsors for continued support!!

A win for Amigo!

March 15, 2020

Great day at Lincolnshire Horse Trials! 

Amigo WINS the Intermediate jumping a double clear in testing conditions!


Snoop also finished second in the intermediate novice with a double clear. Big thanks to all my team at home and sponsors for continuous support!

First even of the 2020 season complete!

March 07, 2020

Amigo and Bruce had there first runs at BEDE events Oasby on Thursday and made the 3am start totally worth it!

Amigo did a 31.8 dressage double clear with a steady XC to finish just outside the top 10 in the novice before stepping back up to intermediate next week!

Bruce did a lovely test to get 31 and jumped a double clear to finish 2nd by .4!

Onto Lincoln next weekend, fingers crossed the weather is on our side!

New sponsor for 2020 #EquineproductsUK

January 01, 2020

I am very excited to be a supported rider for Equine Products UK! They have a great range of products to help performance and recovery and keep the horses looking well all year round!

Good products win prizes!

A great finish to the 2019 season!

October 03, 2019

We had a brilliant week at Osberton with PRF Divo Mail (Amigo) in the CCI3*long, finishing in 5th place on his dressage score, following a mega Xc Inside the time, and clear SJ

2nd Place for Amigo!

September 12, 2019

Amigo finished in 2nd place in the Intermediate at Allerton Horse Trials, with a great double clear! 

Blair Castle Horse Trials

August 29, 2019

A fun and educational week up at blair with the two grey boys!

Arctic Cruising came 11th in the 3*long with a frustrating run out, however I couldn’t be happier with how he went and coped with them hills, he finished off with a lovely clear showjumping round on Sunday!!

Amigo started well with a lovely dressage to sit in 5th and set off XC very well but unfortunately got a little stage fright in a busy part of the course so we are rerouting and a bit change ready for the next one!!

Thank you to all my sponsors for all there support, the horses looked and felt great all week thanks to TopSpec!

Also a massive thank you to the support team Nikkita and Jade Hunter for having the boys looking so smart and keeping them white and to Rosie and Kate for keeping all the horses at home and the yard running smoothly!!

Alnwick Ford

July 30, 2019

Amigo back on form at Alnwick Ford today, finishing on his dressage of 29.1 for 4th in the intermediate novice!

Bruce also had a very good run in his second 100, giving me a great ride, can’t wait for the rest of the season on him!

Belsay Horse Trials

June 02, 2019

Brilliant weekend at my favourite event, Belsay Horse Trials


Snoop and amigo were very good boys this weekend with snoop coming 4th in the Open Intermediate just running steady XC, and amigo jumping a lovely double clear in the novice to come 2nd and winning the trophy for highest placed Northumbrian rider! 

2 wins and a second at Frenchfield

April 29, 2019

We had a great day on Saturday at frenchfield with snoop winning the Open Novice on a score of 19, in very damp conditions. Scooby was also 8th in the ON, so we were really pleased with him. 

We then went back on Sunday with Derry and Bruce! Derry WON the section on a 27.5 owned by Ellie Vestey and closely followed by Bruce who was 2nd on 28.5. Both finishing on there dressage scores.

Great event with lovely XC courses as always. Thanks to all the organisers at Cumbria Horse Trials. 

So lucky to have a lovely bunch of horses this season who all look and feel great thanks to the support from my sponsors. 

Kelsall Hill

April 19, 2019

Lovely hot weekend at Kelsall Hill! Snoop did a lovely test and clear SJ, but decided not to run him XC as ground was a little firm! Amigo also ran very well although found the dressage far to exciting but made up for it jumping brilliant.  Onto Frenchfield next weekend!


April 05, 2019

Busy morning at Breckenbrough with 3 horses running in the Novice!

Snoop made and impressive comeback to WIN the ON after a year off with Scooby finishing closely behind for fourth owned by Pauline Fletcher, while amigo also finished 3rd in his section all jumping Double clears!!!

Big thanks to Nikkita who was chucked in at the deep end for her first event grooming but had the horses looking immaculate!!

Amigo ends the season on a high!

September 21, 2018

Amigo finishing the season on a high jumping double clear to come 7th in the CIC 1* at Alnwick ford.

A fantastic weekend at Belsay Horse trials

June 02, 2018

Great weekend at belsay our local event, with Amigo having a good run in the novice and first event with Rick winning the 100open!'


Thank you to all my sponsors and owners for allowing this to happen.

Fastrack, Finest Properties and equine products.

End of a great season

October 23, 2017

Last few events-

Allerton was a quiet event for us, with our own Hallo quality penny running well in the BE100 for 5th place, finishing on her dressage score of 28.5. She then went one better at Alnwick ford in September for 4th place on 29.5 dressage and one down show jumping.

Diana Beaumont’s Belle also ran well at Alnwick ford, coming a close 2nd. She tried really hard in the dressage for a great score of 23.5, 1 down show jumping and a confident clear x-country. I'm so pleased with how well she's improved throughout the season.

The eventers are all looking forward to a well deserved holiday, and the hunters are in ready to roll. We also have our two homebreds in at the moment for breaking which is an exciting task for the winter, and our little foal Hendrick is getting bigger every day.


Our last event of the season was a CCI 2* run at Osberton international. Snoopy did a smart test, lying fairly high on the leader board before x country day. After a great start round the x country track we sadly had a run out at a very narrow skinny leaving the water half way round the course. I got my line slightly wrong coming out of the water and snoops couldn’t quite make it to jump the right side of the flags.  He felt great the whole way round, and it was unfortunately totally down to rider error, very frustrating. However he finished the weekend feeling fabulous, jumping a lovely show jumping round and sailing through the trot up so I was happy to finish with a very happy horse.



A special thank you to all of my owners and sponsors who have supported me and my great team of horses throughout the year. Without them, this wouldn’t be possible. We have had a really successful season, with current horses and exciting new rides, and we’ve had so much fun campaigning Snoopy for the U21 British team.

Thank you again to my hard working trainers Charlotte Ridley, John Hill, Melissa Chapman and Will Murray, who have massively improved our dressage scores and show jumping technique throughout the season.


And of course a big thank you to my home team of Lucy, Jade, Kate, mum and dad for their entire hard work keeping horses fit, happy, sound and looking fabulous.

July Update- My first advanced and welcome Hendrick

July 30, 2017

Arctic cruising and I had an amazing weekend down at Aston le Walls, completing our first Advanced coming a very close 2nd. He performed great in his dressage for a 33.4, jumping a super double clear. I was thrilled with his performance all weekend. 

Hendrick, our new foal was born on 27th July. Mum Maggie did a great job and we have a very lively, long legged boy to add to our Take it to the Limit string. 

We took 3 horses to our local arena eventing series at Belsay HT for a great evening of competition.  Fred scooped up 2 wins in the 100 and 1m10 with great rounds, Penny jumped like a pro for 3rd in the 1m, and Belle was a star for 4th place in the 1m. Thankyou to Laura DeWesselow and her team for a really fun evening and fabulous course. 

Aske HT: PRF Divo Mail, Amigo, was super in his first novice staying on his dressage score of 40 for 6th place. Not wanting to be outdone, Fred, Game of Luck was 5th in a strong ON section. 1 down SJ and clear XC left him with a finishing score of 33.9. 

Burgham HT: Game of Luck, Fred completed the CIC 1* at our local international event Burgham horse trials. Sadly sj faults dragged us down the placings but he jumped fabulous round the xcountry track for a clear inside the time. PRF divo mail, Amigo was fabulous jumping double clear round his novice track for 4th place. A huge thankyou to the team at Burgham for their efforts in the wet weather. We all had a great day. 


August 12, 2017

We had a great day at Dalkeith with 3 very clever ponies. 

Fred, Game of Luck,  was 6th in the Open Novice after a 27.8 dressage and awesome clear xcountry for Miss Lauren Chaffey. 

Our own Hallo quality Penny was also 6th, in her BE100, with a relaxed 28.5 dressage and storming clear xcountry.


PRF Divo Mail was just awesome jumping double clear for 8th in the Novice for owners Pauline and Raymond Fletcher. 


Thankyou so much to my super grooms Jean Cheesebrough and Tory Dodd, Lucy for running the yard at home and to my fabulous sponsors Fastract, Peter Smyth sports horses, Finest Equestrian, Shaw & Co and Graham Reader. 

Snoopy and Amigo will now head to Somerford for an OI and Novice run. 

May Update

June 02, 2017

Our horses are all well, and enjoying some fresh new grass.


Our very generous sponsors, Finest Equestrian, have supplied us with some lovely embroided

numnahs and thermatex rugs which look great on the horses at competitions.


We’ve had a great month of competitions, starting with Richmond, North Yorkshire.


Lauren Chaffey’s Fred (Game of luck) was happy to be out competing again, running HC in the Novice with a clear inside the time and 1 down show jumping. He then went onto Floors castle in Scotland for the CIC 1*, behaving beautifully in the dressage for a 50.1, jumping a double clear for 11th place. He was then placed 8th in the Novice regional final at Belsay last weekend, with another great clear x-country. 

PRF Divo Mail, Amigo, owned by Pauline and Raymond Fletcher, has had succesful runs at BE100 this season, jumping 3/3 xcountry clears. We hope to move him up to Novice in July. 


Lovely mare Belle XII recently joined us, owned by Hon. Mrs M H Beaumont, jumping clear round both her BE90’s at Warwick Hall and Belsay, finishing just out of the top 10.

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