Optimum Event Management provides expertise for all types of events, specialising in equestrian events . With many years of experience in the Equestrian Industry and having organised a large number of Regional and National dressage competitions within the UK, our style is relaxed and informal, yet maintaining professionalism at all times.
Duncan Whitney-Groom, owner & founder of Optimum Event Management has ridden to a high level under the guidance of a number of Olympic & International Dressage & Event riders and learnt through riding & competing, that attention to detail is one of the very important keys to success.
Training at Moulton College of Agriculture in the 1990's, Duncan gained his BHS Stages I, II & III before successfully landing a working pupil role in a small mixed yard in Bourton-on-the-Hill located in the Cotswolds. It was here that he met riders such as Carl Hester, Emile Faurie, Owen Moore, Christian Landolt & Daniel Greenwood amongst others. After leaving this establishment, he was fortunate to be offered a role as rider for Michael Godfrey (USA 3DE Team Rider) in the USA. While in America for six months, Duncan schooled & competed a variety of horses culminating in winning one of the sections at the Immokalee 3DE in Florida.
Coming back to the UK, Duncan secured a role with Carl Hester back in the Cotswolds where he schooled & competed horses from youngsters to Grand Prix level, qualifying two 4 year olds for the Preliminary Regional's and finishing in the top 10 on them both at the Shell Gas National Championships later that year. Moving just a few miles away from Carl's yard in Stow-on-the-Wold to Lady Bamford's Daylesford Stud, Duncan spent the next 3 years schooling & competing Dressage & Event horses up to PSG & Intermediate level before taking a position working alongside Jeanette Brakewell at the Lawrence David Event Team.
Duncan has vast knowledge & experience within the Equestrian Industry, having learnt so much from the many top International/Olympic riders he has been fortunate enough to work alongside throughout the relatively short period of time he has been working within this Industry.
We look forward to seeing you at our next event.
Working away quietly in the background at the British Dressage Winter Regional Championship.