In the week leading up to Sport Relief Night, Only Fools on Horses will see 12 famous faces saddling up for charity and competing in a live show jumping event every night for nine nights on BBC ONE.


The public will vote for who they think is the best rider and each night, one competitor will be hoofed out of the riding school.


In a live grand finale, staged in front of the cream of the horse world, the remaining riders will battle it out to be the Only Fools on Horses Show Jumper of the Year.








The fun began on Friday 7th July at 8.30pm on BBC ONE








  • The Trainers

    Meet the five experts who'll be taking our show jumpers from trotting to the triple bar.


  • The Judges

    Meet the threesome the jumpers will have to impress with fancy footwork and giant leaps.


  • The Presenters

    Find out who'll be keeping you abreast of all the latest show news and gossip.


  • About Show Jumping

    Turnback, jumpoffs, double bounce... you'll soon have all the lingo down pat!





Anna   Horse



Anna Ryder Richardson - Interior Designer & TV Presenter

Career Highs: Anna's success on BBC hit shows Changing Rooms and House Invaders has seen her become one of Britain's most recognised and best loved interior designers. With her flamboyant personality and colourful designs, she has helped transform the houses of enthusiastic homeowners all over the UK. Anna learnt to ride when she was a child. By the age of 13 she had her own pony.





Diarmuid   Horse and Isla

Diarmuid Gavin - Garden Designer and TV Presenter

Career Highs: Diarmuid is most famous for presenting a number of BBC gardening programmes including Gardeners' World, Home Front, alongside Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, and Gardens Through Time. Diarmuid's distinctive unconventional style has brought him much acclaim. His designs are uncompromising and functional, yet startling too.





Jenni  Horse and Jlo


Jenni Falconer -  TV Presenter

Career Highs: Jenni Falconer joined GMTV in August 2000 as co-presenter of Entertainment Today, where she has been interviewing celebrities from both sides of the Atlantic for the past six years.





Josie  Horse and Poppy

Josie D'Arby - TV Presenter and Actress

Career Highs: Josie began performing at the kitchen table at the age of four at her family's home in Newport, South Wales. While at drama school, as well as getting four A-Levels, Josie wrote to the BBC and landed herself a part-time job doing links for children's shows. She went on to become a full time CBBC Presenter after graduating from RADA in 1995.  Before Only Fools on Horses Josie hadn't ridden a horse for about two years.



Matt B


Matt B  Horse and Peter

Matt Baker - TV Presenter

Career Highs: Matt became the 28th Blue Peter presenter in 1999. When Matt heard that one of the presenters was leaving, he wrote in to the producers who in turn asked him to send in a show reel. Growing up on a farm and not having a clue what a show reel was, Matt got his dad to film him while he explained the intricacies of the lambing season. Introducing his three sheepdogs before riding off into the sunset on a unicycle clinched the job for him. Matt has only just announced that after seven years on the programme this year will be his last.  Matt started riding when he joined Blue Peter where he worked on a few horsey items.



Matt L


Matt L  Horse and Fibi


Matt Littler - Actor (Hollyoaks)

Career Highs: Matt first appeared on our screens in Children's Ward, but he is best known for playing the loveable character of Max Cunningham in Hollyoaks. The son of a happy soap family, Max Cunningham has seen his family crumble around him. His first sister died of cancer, then his second sister skipped the country using her dead sister's passport, while his third sister ran off with an abusive boyfriend. Not only this but poor Max has also had to contend with divorce and the death of his father and stepmother in a car accident. But all this tragedy earned Matt a nomination for Best Actor at the 2006 Soap Awards.  Matt has sat on a horse a few times as a child but has never had any professional tuition.





Nicki  Horse and Marley


Nicki Chapman - TV Presenter and Music Industry Guru

Career Highs: Nicki Chapman has been involved in every aspect of the TV and music industry for over 14 years, working closely with artists, record companies and management groups. Nicki's involvement in shows like Popstars and Pop Idol made her a household name.  Nicki enjoys horse riding and took it up again two years ago, having previously ridden as a child.




Paul  Horse and Funtime


Paul Nicholas - Actor and Producer

Career Highs: Paul Nicholas became a household name for his role as Vince Pinner in the BBC sitcom Just Good Friends. However, Paul began his career in musicals starting off in Hair before landing the lead role in Jesus Christ Superstar. After a brief but high profile pop career in the late 70s, Paul returned to the West End to play Rum Tigger in Cats.  Paul used to be able to trot, but up until the past month he hadn't ridden for many years.





Ruby  Horse and Kenneth


Ruby Wax - Comedienne and Presenter

Career Highs: Ruby Wax is probably best known for her chat shows Ruby, The Full Wax and Ruby Wax Meets…, in which she probes the rich and famous in her own unique way. Whether it's locking the Duchess of Gloucester out of her own home or talking shoes with Imelda Marcos, Ruby is one of the most colourful and outspoken personalities on television, asking celebrities the sort of questions you wouldn't dare!  Ruby's never show jumped until recently and is more comfortable in a Wild West setting.





Sally  Horse and Ralph


Sally Gunnell - Sprint and hurdle athlete and TV Presenter

Career Highs: Sally is best known for winning the 400 metre hurdles at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. She later set the world record in the same event when she won gold in the 1993 World Championships. Sally is the only woman to have held the European, World, Commonwealth and Olympic 400 metre hurdles titles at the same time. While Sally was naturally a very talented runner, she actually started out in athletics as an accomplished long jumper and pentathlete before turning to the sprints and hurdles.  Before joining Only Fools on Horses, Sally hadn't ridden for four years.





Sara  Horse and Solomon


Sara Cox - Radio and TV Presenter

Career Highs: Sara Cox has been a radio and TV presenter for more than a decade. She has presented live events for Radio 1 from Ibiza and Glastonbury and her most prestigious role was that of presenting the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio One from 2000 to 2003.  Sara grew up on a farm in Lancashire, where her love of horses began.





Suzi Horse and Shadow


Suzi Perry - TV Presenter

Career Highs: Suzi is the BBC's face of MOTOGP and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of motorcycling. At the age of 22, Suzi went to Japan on a modelling assignment. She stayed there for 12 months and on her return moved to London to work as an advertising model. She got her big break as a pit lane reporter for Sky Sports in 1997. Two years later, Suzi moved across to the BBC and joined Grandstand, where she presents a live 30 minute preview for each MOTOGP direct from the pit lane. As well as motorbikes, Suzi has reported for the BBC from Wimbledon, The Boat Race, The London Marathon and the Athens Olympics.  Suzi hasn't had lessons before and has only felt comfortable with walking and trotting.










Tickets will soon be released for the live BBC show Only Fools On Horses, taking place at Unex Towerlands, Braintree, Essex. Over the course of nine nights, famous faces will be sporting their jodhpurs and saddling up for the show jumping ring. The programme will be shown live on primetime television but a limited number of tickets are available for each night.


The audience at Towerlands will be able to watch the 12 celebrities compete in a show jumping series in front of a panel of equestrian judges. They will also see footage of the competitors training together before the competition.


"We've seen famous faces do all sorts on TV but we've really raised the bar this time – and they're going to have to jump over it," said Nick Samwell-Smith, Creative Director of film production company Initial.


The programme, which is in aid of Sport Relief, will be shown on BBC One over nine consecutive days, commencing 7 July. Viewers will also be able to catch up on extra live coverage on BBC Three. The BBC cannot yet confirm which celebrities are taking part but assure that the event is definitely taking place.


The Grand Finale will be staged live on BBC One, in front of the top brass from the horse world. The BBC Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, Jon Beazley says: "This is an exciting new show that should have plenty of entertainment for competitors and viewers alike. It's fantastic that viewers will be able to make decisions that will help raise much-needed money for Sport Relief."


Those interested in acquiring tickets for the Towerlands shows should call (tel: 020 7610 5572) or email: as soon as possible.



















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