Virginia Leng

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Virginia Leng
Medal record
Competitor for  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Silver 1984 Los Angeles Team eventing
Silver 1988 Seoul Team eventing
Bronze 1984 Los Angeles Individual eventing
Bronze 1988 Seoul Individual eventing
World Championships
Gold 1986 Gawler Individual eventing
Gold 1986 Gawler Team eventing
Gold 1982 Luhmühlen Team eventing
Silver 1990 Stockholm Team eventing
European Championships
Gold 1981 Horsens Team eventing
Silver 1983 Frauenfeld Team eventing
Gold 1985 Burghley Individual eventing
Gold 1985 Burghley Team eventing
Gold 1987 Luhmühlen Individual eventing
Gold 1987 Luhmuhlen Team eventing
Gold 1989 Burghley Individual eventing
Gold 1989 Burghley Team eventing

Virginia Helen Antoinette Holgate, also known as Ginny Leng, (born 2 February 1955[1]) was a British equestrian competitor who achieved many notable successes in the 1980s, including winning the Individual European Eventing title on 3 consecutive occasions, 1985, 1987 and 1989, a feat which has never been equalled.

She was born and raised in Malta and won several national and international titles, including the European Champion, the Badminton Horse Trials and the Burghley Horse Trials a record five times. Among her mounts were Murphy Himself, Night Cap III, and Priceless, the latter two by the eventing stallion Ben Faerie. Since the 1980s, she has written several books.[2]

Ginny Elliott, as she is now known, remains an avid supporter and contributor to the sport of eventing as she is currently (2009) the manager of the Irish Eventing Team.


  1. ^ bio Accessed 30 October 2008
  2. ^ British Library