About Jake

Jake Saywell is a dedicated and successful show jumping rider.


Having started his career late by competing in BSJA classes at 12 years old, Jake has since won numerous medals at European competitions.

A keen rugby player, Jake trained at the Leicester Tigers Academy until he was 15, when he took the decision to concentrate fully on horses. He was an outstanding player winning ‘Player of the Year’ at his school and club two years running.

Following in the footsteps…

He now follows in the footsteps of his parents and grand-father who have all been successful show jumping riders. Mike Saywell, was a top international rider, competing in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

The family have a lot of young horses in the yard and Jake enjoys spending time producing them, bringing them on to be his competition horses.

In 2012, he was selected on to the World Class Development Programme having qualified through his success at the European championships and after an assessment on his riding ability and an interview process.

Over the years, Jake has gained training and experience from top international riders, including his grandfather Mike Saywell,  David McPherson, and George Morris.


Jake has furthered his career by basing himself in Holland, where he has been competing across Europe, as a jockey for Roelof Bril.


Major Wins

1st Young Riders' Final Festival of Show Jumping 2015 (Special K) 4th Young Riders European, Austria 2015 (Grand Cru van Paemel) 1st Six Year Old Final, The All England Jumping Championships 2015 (Escapado S) 1st Five Year Old Final CSI Allington (Quimari W) 2nd Grand Prix CSI Deauville 2015 (Cantho Z) 2nd Nations Cup CSI Deauville 2015 (Grand Cru van Paemel) Team Gold at the Nanjing Youth Olympics, 2014 Placed 10th individually at the Youth Olympics, 2014 European Junior Team Gold Medallist, 2014 (Grand Cru van Paemel)   [/one_half] [one_half]   Placed 11th individually at the Junior Europeans, 2014 1st 7 Year Old Final Geesteren (Havinia van de Roshoeve) 2nd Grand Prix Wierden CSIJ 2013 (Grand Cru van Paemel) 2nd Grand Prix Neroeten CSIJ 2013 (Grand Cru van Paemel) Three Junior Nations Cup double clears on three different horses in 2013 (Cornelius/Special K/Farinelle) Placed 1st and 9th Olympia 2013 (Perfect Rouge) European Junior team bronze 2012 (Cornelius) European Children on Horses team gold 2010 (Cornelius) Placed 4th individually at the European Children on Horses 2010 (Cornelius) [/one_half]

The Team

[one_third]Saywell Equestrian is a family run business with Jake’s entire family supporting him. Jake’s parents Andrew and Emma, along with brother Luke and sister Isabel, are all involved in supporting him at home and when he is competing. Jake is following in the footsteps of his parents who have both been successful show jumping riders.  His father, Andrew, jumped internationally for Great Britain and has produced horses to a high level. As a stable jockey, he rode Arko who went on to compete in the Olympics in Athens 2014 with Nick Skelton. [/one_third] [one_third]Andrew also owned and produced Roulette who Ben Maher competed at the Beijing Games 2008. Furthermore, he produced and part owns Zenith on whom Jeroen Dubbeldam was a double gold medal winner at the FEI World Equestrian Games, Normandie, France 2014. Andrew’s main focus now is producing and breaking young horses and coaching riders of all ages and abilities as a qualified BSJA coach. Jake’s mum, Emma, is also a talented rider, having been second in the junior European championships when she was 14. [/one_third] [one_third]She went on to win a total of six European medals riding for Great Britain and continued to compete in the top grade until having Jake’s younger sister, Isabel. Emma now oversees the day to day running of the yard. Grandparents, Doug and Rachel Gascoine, are also very supportive of Jake travelling to shows to watch him compete in addition to giving him the opportunity to ride their horses. As well as their encouragement to Jake, they are valued sponsors of show jumping events. [/one_third]