Max Corcoran has been grooming at the highest level for over 14 years for some of the best in the world. She worked for the O’Connor Event Team for 11 years (2001-2012) managing the barn for most of those years and traveling everywhere with Karen; Olympics (2008, 2012), World Championships (2006, 2010), Pan American Games (2003, 2007) and numerous CCI’s all over the US and Europe. Since leaving the OCET, Max now free lances, continuing to travel around the world and the US – she most recently served as stable manager for the Canadian Team at the WEG in 2014 and will serve again at the Pan American Games in Toronto summer 2015. She also traveled to Mexico for the Central American Games for Venezuela. She also teaches horsemanship clinics for the USEA, and the USEF developing programs. Additionally Max is a Board Member of the Professional Riders Organization (PRO).
Max is originally from northeast Massachusetts and graduated from Northeastern University. She now lives in Ocala, Florida with her partner Scott who trains and competes Grand Prix show jumpers.
Joe Meyer was born into an equestrian family, you could say that it was in his genes that he would achieve considerable success at National level and then go on to captain the NZ junior squad. In order to progress his career he took his top horse Southern Star to England in 1996 and following a lot of hard work and dedication Joe gained exposure to top level competition.
As with any event rider the highs and lows come with the territory but with the support of Mamaku Stud’s successful breeding program, Joe now boasts a yard full of successful stars plus up & coming youngsters. His top horse Snip has taken him to Senior Team representation in the 2006 World Equestrian Games as well as a 10th place at Badminton in 2006 and 7th place in 2007. In 2007 he finished 8th in the British Eventing Premier League.
In 2008 Joe achieved one of his ultimate dreams – representing New Zealand at the Beijing Olympic Games, finishing 5th in the team competition and in the top 25 individually. Joe ranked 13th in the 2008 overall BE points table with highlights including: 20th at Badminton on Ease on Fire; 14th in the World Cup Qualifier at Chatsworth International with Ariki & 3rd in the CIC*** with Snip; 7th in the CCI*** at Barocca with Ariki; and winning the Thoroughbred Championship at Barbury Castle International with Clifton Lush. Since then Joe has gone on to place at Badminton several more times in 2009 and 2010 as well as excellent finishes at Burghley, Luhmuhlen, Pau and Rolex Kentucky and a 2nd place finish in 2010 in the British Open Championships.
Joe is now embarking on a new competitive career in the United States in 2011 and 2012 and is based in Ocala, Florida.
Liz Halliday-Sharp is a unique sportswoman. Originally from California, she is now primarily based in East Sussex, England, and has dedicated her life to the pursuit of two international sporting careers.
On the one hand she is an international three-day eventer and has competed at CCI4* level, while on the other she competes as a professional motor racing driver in Sportscar and GT endurance disciplines. Liz is also an experienced TV broadcaster and presenter, and has worked with numerous different channels and companies in both the USA and Europe.
After many years of appearing in both sports simultaneously, Liz recently began dedicating more time to her eventing pursuits, with the ultimate ambition of one day representing the USA at the Olympic Games, Pan American Games and World Championships.
Liz is lucky to now have equestrian bases in both the UK and the USA. Chailey Stud Equestrian Centre in the UK and Horsepower Equestrian in Ocala, FL, in the USA, have helped her to create a successful business producing and selling horses and has given her the opportunity to compete and train in both Europe and the USA. Over the last few years Liz has enjoyed wins and top results up through 3* level in both Europe and the USA, and she is a member of the USA High Performance Training List.
Paul Tapner is an extremely driven, hard working and likeable person, Paul has reaped the rewards of his dedication with wins at all levels in eventing, both nationally and internationally on a huge variety of horses. Most notably he was the winner of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in May 2010. Riding on a wave of success in the early part of the 2010 season, Paul led the field after a copybook cross-country round with ‘Inonothing’. He kept his cool and stayed focussed to the end to finish with a double clear and the honour of winning the most prestigious three day event in the world. Since that day the media and all round equestrian interest in Paul has increased and he is now in demand for sponsorship deals, media interviews, training clinics and even video training as well as his day to day work as a rider and trainer of event horses.