James Alliston

“I have had great success with my highly-strung horses using Thia-Cal and Quia-Cal. They are an essential part of my armoury in achieving a relaxed dressage performance that is required at the top-levels of the sport. Iso-Tite Gel is by far the best liniment on the market. It is an extremely effective product that I use regularly after every gallop and jump school on my top horses to keep their legs tight and cool.”

Originally from Gloucestershire, England, James is a graduate of Oxford University in England. He first came to the US to work for and train with legendary 5-time Olympian and 14 time US National Champion Bruce Davidson Sr. Whilst working for Bruce for 6 years, James produced horses from Training level to the 3* level and finished 2008 ranked the 15th overall rider in the country. In 2009 James moved to California’s East Bay area and has since had tremendous results in the competition arena. In 2011 Jumbo’s Jake and Parker gave James an eye-catching debut at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4*, the highest level the sport has to offer, when capturing 14th and 17th places. Later that year international wins with Jumbo’s Jake at Woodside CIC*** and Galway Downs CCI*** helped James to end the year ranked as the number one rider on the west coast, as well as 5th overall in the US and 21st in the world. 2012 brought more success, highlighted by taking both 1st and 2nd places at the Galway Downs CIC*** as well as CCI*** and claiming Woodside’s CIC** and CIC***. This led to ending the year ranked as the west coast’s number one rider for the second consecutive year, 7th in the US and 18th in the world. This depth of experience in the competition arena on a great range and variety of horses and his extensive personal training from legendary trainers such as Bruce Davidson, Olympic champions Andrew and Bettina Loy, and international showjumper John Mastin, give James a wealth of knowledge as a trainer.

James is an enthusiastic trainer and enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise with his students so they can achieve their goals. He has a large group of riders at all levels to take to events up and down the West Coast. Alongside teaching and training James also pursues an active sales business, sourcing quality horses using his extensive contacts both in the US and back in England. His competition success along with his passion as a trainer and confidence-giving teaching style make James Alliston Eventing synonymous with excellence in training of both horses and riders. James has used Finish Line® Horse used for over 8 years.


James Alliston Eventer and Finish Line Horse Endorser

Career highlights


  • 6th Place Galway Downs CCI3*-L (October 2019)
  • 1st Place Area VI Intermediate Championship (October 2019)
  • 3rd Place Woodside International CCI3*-S (October 2019)
  • 1st  & 6th Place Twin Rivers Fall H.T. Intermediate (September 2019)
  • 3rd Place The Event at Rebecca Farm CCI4*-L (July 2019)
  • 1st Place Twin Rivers Advanced (July 2019)
  • 1st & 4th Place The Spring Event at Woodside Intermediate (May 2019)
  • 1st Place Fresno County Horse Park Intermediate (April 2019)
  • 2nd Place Fresno County Horse Park Intermediate (April 2019)
  • 2nd Place Galway Downs International CCI4*-S (March 2019)
  • 2nd Place Galway Downs International CCI2*-S  (March 2019)
  • 1st Place Twin Rivers Advanced (March 2019)
  • 1st Place Twin Rivers Open Prelim (March 2019)

To read more about James Alliston please visit www.jamesallistoneventing.com

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