Born into a ‘horsey’ family, the son of National Hunt Trainer Mark Bradstock, Alfie started riding at an early age, spending his childhood wanting to be a jockey. However after much success on ponies in both eventing and show jumping it soon became apparent that it was not a career in racing he was destined for.
Alfie's first major success came when he was part of the gold medal-winning pony team at the European's. As he moved from ponies into juniors he became the first junior rider to represent Britain at eventing and show jumping in the same year.
In 2012, aged 18, Alfie won team gold in the European Junior Eventing Championships, to go with the gold he won on ponies two years earlier. He has since continued to ride at CCI2* level in eventing as well as on the national showjumping circuit. Over the last year, however, his focus has turned more to show jumping and he has picked up a number of wins in prestigious classes at National and International Shows. Most of the horses and ponies he has achieved his successes on have been rides he has produced himself, often ‘tricky’ horses which no one else has wanted – highlighting his talent as a rider.
Alfie is currently based with Graham and Tina Fletcher, with whom KBIS has supported for a number of years. Alfie produces the young horses and is riding as stable jockey, competing up to 1.50m level. He has enjoyed much success since being based with the Fletcher’s including one of his biggest achievements to date, finishing second, by just 1.5 seconds, in the Canaan Farm Young Riders Championship of Great Britain, held at HOYS in October riding KBIS Caicos.
KBIS sponsor three of Graham and Tina Fletcher's horses, all of which are mainly campaigned by Alfie; KBIS Caicos, KBIS Aragon Z and KBIS Bruce Almighty. Both Caicos and Bruce are Grade A, with Caicos having a very successful 2016, including competing in his first Hickstead Derby finishing a very respectful tenth. Aragon is a new ride for Alfie this year but shows great promise and we are looking forward to following all of their progress this year with Alfie.