Alex began his show jumping career alongside show jumper Grant Cashmore and has subsequently enjoyed nearly 15 years of successful competition. He has particularly loved competing in Lanaken, Belgium, at the World Breeding Championships, has twice qualified for and competed at HOYS (Horse of the Year Show) in Birmingham and enjoyed huge success at the Young Horse Championship Show at Addington, Buckinghamshire.
Alex established Hempleman Equestrian’s showjumping yard at Stonehouse Stables, in rural Cowfold, West Sussex, in 2009. He continued show jumping full-time but also set about breeding and producing top-class sport horses. Together with his wife Kendall and his long-standing Yard and Stud Manager Matt Fribbens, he now turns out young stock to an extremely high standard, all the while developing and investing in the fantastic facilities they have built amid the 44 acres surrounding the yard.
Kendall previously worked for Dave Quigley, Andrew Davies, Edgemere Ltd and Tim Gredley as Rider and Manager at Unex Stables, based in both Newmarket in Suffolk, and Florida, USA. She gained years of experience travelling to and competing in top international shows, together with acquiring an exceptional understanding of breeding and producing young horses. This is in addition to educating herself in equine health management through working alongside some of the best vets in the world.
Alex and Kendall married in September 2019, combining their vast joint experience and their passion for horses in a very successful and constantly growing business.