Contributors | An Eventful Life


We have lots of great contributors to the site at different times; here is some information about our most regular contributors. If you are passionate about eventing, interested in contributing and happy to be paid peanuts, please click HERE



Alison Duthie

Alison Duthie was born and grew up in the UK where she evented with (what she describes as) occasional success to Two Star level while working for the international eventing rider Ian Stark (MBE). Alison was Ian’s groom in 1988 when he came first and second at Badminton with his great horses – Sir Wattie and Glenburnie – and also won a silver medal on Sir Wattie at the Seoul Olympics.

During the next few years Alison worked for many other top event riders at European and World Championships. She was a team groom at several British Young Rider Championships during the era of Pippa Funnell, Tina Cook and Willian Fox-Pitt and she went on to become William’s head girl.

After meeting her Australian husband, Peter Gillis, who was eventing in the UK, Alison moved to Australia in 1996 where she continued to work in the horse industry with her husband. At this time Alison decided to combine her knowledge of horses with her journalistic skills and became the Australian correspondent for the UK magazine ‘Eventing’. She is now also the editor of ‘The Eventer’ magazine – the official magazine of Eventing New South Wales – which has grown to be a popular publication and is the only magazine in Australia dedicated to eventing. In 2011, Alison was the Editor of Equestrian Life magazine during its re-launch period 

Alison has also written for Horse and Hound and UK Riding magazine, is the writer of Stuart Tinney’s book “Making the Time’ and co-authored “The Groom’s Handbook” with Emma D’arcy.

Alison lives at Penrose in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW with her husband and her two young sons, Thomas and David.




Debbie Higgs

Debbie Higgs was born in Yorkshire, England but dropped her Yorkshire accent when she moved south to study French and Drama at London University. Confusingly for people who know her from her early life, she now also speaks with an Australian accent as she moved even further south in 1983. Some highlights of her professional life include being the personal assistant for the owner of The Dorchester Hotel, working in IT sales and marketing in the crazy 1980’s hey days of the computer industry and publishing a book called An Eventful Life – Life Stories of Eventing Champions

She loves eventing but wouldn't do it herself in a pink fit; instead she is lucky to have a lovely warmblood horse who learns how to do clever stuff in his paddock and then teaches it to his mum. She's also lucky to to have owned showjumpers with Greg and Pam Smith for many years, including World Cup horses Henry Higgs and Big Higgs

Debbie and her husband Paul live together on a property about one hour from Melbourne with horses, dogs, cats and anybody else who happens to drop by




Libby Law

Libby Law grew up around horses in New Zealand and competed to Three Day Event level before heading off to wander around the world. Now she wanders around the world taking photographs at events throughout Europe in the European season and heads home when it turns too cold in the Northern Hemisphere! Look out for a petite lady with a big lens (possibly on roller blades!)

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