Matt & Zorro


Matt & Mat

Matt & Zorro Competing

About Matt

Born in Wales in 1973 into a non-horsey family it became apparent from an early age that Mat Hicks was mad on horses and it all started with Camellia, a Shetland pony. Matt has worked with horses all his life and trained with the late Debbie Johnston at Langford Common Stud near Salisbury, Wiltshire. He began an eventing career when he was 21, completed Blenheim CCI3* in 2000 and 2001 and competed regularly in Europe. Then in 2002/3, he progressively made the decision to focus on dressage.

Since then, Matt has been successfull based at a number of small yards, before taking on Hurstbourne Equestrian Centre, near Whitchurch, Hampshire at the end of 2011. Since then, he has enjoyed continued success, winning four National titles – Albion Medium Open 2012, Spillers Freestyle Open 2012, Hickstead Masters Champion 2012, Spillers Freestyle Open 2013 and Albion Medium Open 2014. Matt also competes internationally, winning the Nice CDI Freestyle Championships in 2013.

Matt first competed at Grand Prix on ex-eventer Highmark, who he trained from Novice to Grand Prix. He regularly competes at home and abroad, and enjoys training horses and riders at all levels.

Matt Hicks, Hicks Equestrian is based at Hurstbourne E.C. which is located at Hurstbourne Priors in Hampshire with easy access from the A34 and A303. Hicks Equestrian Offers a friendly, professional services of the highest standards for Livery in Hampshire along with its superb Training Facilities.

Matt Hicks Equestrian Timmy And Pinot

There are 2 hot and cold wash down bays and Solariums.  Hurstbourne EC has a host of individual post and rail paddocks suitable for all year round grazing weather permitting and some larger paddocks for youngster turnout. There is also off road hacking around the grass gallops of Hurstbourne EC. Equally there is the village of Longparish and St Mary Bourne both providing good local lane hacking.


There are 2 indoor schools. The larger school is 30 x 60 and is well lit, including a Martin Collins surface and seating for approximately 355 spectators. The smaller school is 20 x 40. There is also a large sand, outdoor school which is 30 x 60.

Wellington PL 5.6.14

We have 2 American style barns with 26 large stables all stables are rubber matted with rug and tack room in each barn. Securely locked and alarmed with CCTV in both barns.  All have a watering system and a choice of straw or paper bedding.


We have a covered Monarch 5 partitioned Horse walker.

  • 24Hr supervision
  • Lorry and trailer parking
  • Full or Competion livery offered

Matt Hicks is proud to be one of Albions Sponsored riders.

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