Richard joined the Army as a private soldier in 1979. He was commissioned from the Ranks in 2000 and retired a Major in 2009, having held the high profile and prestigious role of Riding Master for seven years. During this time, he trained and choreographed the world famous Household Cavalry Musical Ride and was the first serving officer of the British Army to compete at Badminton for 23 years - finishing clear and inside the top 20. He has also won the celebrated King’s and Queen’s Cups on more occasions than any other rider. In 2009, Richard received an MBE from Her Majesty The Queen for services to equestrianism.
As well being a dedicated ambassador to Brooke, Richard still competes internationally in three-day eventing and coaches all over the Globe. A British eventing accredited trainer, Richard holds the BHS award of merit. He is currently Chef d’Equipe (Team Manager) to the British CIC 2* Event Team and Chef d' Equipe (Team Manager) to the British Dressage Team, whom he led to victory at the London 2012 Olympics. His sights are currently set on the Rio Games.