Justin, Beth & their son Oliver Tuff are based at Penns Barn near Totnes in Devon. Together they offer a professional yet personal service for the training of horses & riders and compete at both national and international level. Find out a bit about each of the teams background below:
Oliver started his British Showjumping career aged just 7 in the Tiny Tots classes. He was instantly obsessed and spent the following years learning his trade, eating, sleeping and breathing showjumping.
In 2015, aged 12 he achieved one of his first dreams! He qualified for the 128cm Pony class at both Horse of the Year Show and Olympia. It was at Olympia that his dream came true when he won the class in a competitive jump off. It was also clear with his win that his personality shone through on screen!
In 2016 he started combining jumping 148cm ponies and horses. Jumping the horses on the Sunshine Tour in Spain.
In 2017, aged 14 he qualified JC at the Royal International Horse Show Hickstead and finished 5th. He qualified for the Pony Newcomers final at Horse of the Year (add results when known). He jumped as part of the British Squad in Sentower Belgium at a Nations Cup show with several placing’s between 3 of his horses. He competed at Moorsele CSI** in Belgium and was placed. He competed at Keysoe CSI** on horses. In August he was selected to compete for Great Britain at the European Championships as an individual Children on Horses.
In 2018 Ollie qualified for the JC Final at the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead. He achieved wins in international 2* classes on horses whilst in Villeneuve-Loubet. He was part of the winning Great Britain team at the Junior Nations Cup Final in Austria and then recorded a double clear to help secure the win for Great Britain at the Junior Nations Cup Final at Sentower, Belgium. He was then the winner of the Senior Foxhunter Final at Horse of the Year Show becoming the youngest ever winner at 15 years old.
In 2019 Oliver started the year by coming 4th in the 2* Grand Prix in Bonheiden, Belgium and was on the winning Junior Nations Cup Team in Wierden, Holland, followed by a 3rd in the Grand Prix at the same show. He went on to jump in the Junior European Team in Zuidwolde, Holland. Closer to home he won the Bicton Arena Grand Prix and the Royal International Horse Show Winter Novice Qualifier and had numerous wins and placings nationally and internationally throughout the year at various levels.
Justin began riding and competing ponies at a very early age, but it didn’t take long before he moved onto horses. By the age of 14 he was competing the horses on the yard owned by his father, John Tuff. At the age of 17 he took over the reins of the yard from his father when John retired from competition.
Based in Lingfield, Surrey, Justin competed many horses from young novices to Grade A’s. Competing in classes from Young Riders to Grand Prix’s he found much success.
Soon after turning 21, Justin’s family moved to Devon. Justin brought with him his Young Riders Horse “Highleam Lad” and the family’s young stallion “Wurzel” (who was originally bred to Arab race by John and Louise Tuff). Building up a team of new horses and owners, Justin quickly brought on “Wurzel” to Grade A level. Justin continued to produce many young horses jumping them up to National 1.40m. Early 2004 saw the arrival of two young promising horses “Retro” and “Hello Popsie”, both horses jumped alongside each other, and in 2004 they both qualified for “HOYS” in Newcomers and 6 year-old trials. Popsie finished 6th in the 6 year-olds and Retro was 5th in the Newcomers final respectively. They continued success in high level young horse classes placing 2nd and 4th in the Olympic Star Spotter final at The Festival of Showjumping and “Popsie” had been well placed in the Winter Novice final at Hickstead. Success continued in 2005 both horses qualifying for HOYS again in the 7 year-olds and Foxhunter finals, where “Retro” finished 7th.
“Popsie” was selected to jump at the World Young Horse finals in Lanaken 2004 and 2005 where he was well placed, he then came home to win the Foxhunter Masters final at the Festival of Showjumping in 2005. “Popsie” was sold not long after and “Retro” and Justin have gone on to win Area Trials and Grand Prix’s. Their most prestigious moment came in early 2008 when Justin and “Retro” competed for Great Britain in their first Nations Cup in Poland.
Justin has continued to jump nationally and internationally jumping up to 1.60m, producing young horses and training riders at all levels.
Beth knew Justin from the age of 11, and they would often be competing or travelling to shows together. Beth’s didn’t restrict her talents to just showjumping, she was also Advanced Eventing and 3-day Eventing as well as showjumping up to 1.40m level.
When she was 21 she returned to the Tuff camp, which had now moved to Devon, for 3 months of training and to help Justin. She ended up staying a little longer than she had expected when she married Justin. Supporting Justin, her own showjumping career was put on hold when she gave birth to their son Oliver. Continuing to school and occasionally compete the horses in the yard.
Beth also tries to keep Ollie in order!