Company founders. The Stampede Stunt Company has been created by Husband and wife team Karl and Zana Greenwood.
Both Karl and Zana have lifelong performance backgrounds in circus, stage and film, with 14 years as stunt riders in live performances.
Their live shows are renowned for their high quality, beautiful performance horses, professional stunt riders and great entertainment.
Karl is a rider, presenter, theatre actor, screen actor and ringmaster.
Filming – Karl is well known for his prosthetics and costume work both in theatre productions, live shows and for film. His expertise includes extensive costume and prosthetics work for circus acts, theatre roles, feature films and various BBC productions including Dr.Who.
Karl and his horses have extensive experience in major production theatre, Film and TV studios and indoor arena shows, and has produced outdoor Equine Stunt Shows for beaches, arenas, horse trials, castles, town centres and central London in every environment.
All the horses are trained by Karl and Zana and their staff at The Centre of Horseback Combat in Hemel Hempstead. They are trained in Horseback Archery, Jousting, Fire work, Filming, Trick Riding, Roman Riding, Rearing, Falling, Laying down, Sitting and plenty more besides.
Kickboxing - Black belt, Padi Divemaster, Ariel work, Fire performance, Stilt walking, Horse Archery Instructor,
Zana’s Early Years
Zana's performance background started on stage when she was 3 years old. Aged 9 she won a place at the prestigious Arts Educational School, Tring Park where she furthered her career in acting, singing, dance and music. At this time she also discovered horses but was put off riding by her parents as it interfered with her ballet and muscle development. Not discouraged Zana continued to have a love of horses and finally bought her own pony to compete in local x-country events on and pony club. After riding for her teenage years she still had the performance bug and dreamed of combining the two.
She trained to be a Trapeze artist, Fire eat, Stilt walk and perform aerial acts with her husband Karl and through having these skills found work at Lulworth castle for a jousting team.
So it started.............
Zana and Horses
Zana is an accomplished Jousting knight having performed in hundreds of Jousting shows for over 13 years and still performing with their own team Stampede Stunt Company. She is a very experienced Cossack Trick rider working with true Russian Cossack techniques linking in with Russians Trick riders in Moscow. Her tricks includes vaulting tricks, sitting backwards on her horse's neck and picking up hats and jumping over fire whilst still in trick!
All of course performed at full gallop and she can perform saddle falls and bull dogs.
She was trained by Cossacks to use a Russian Shashka sword, lance, gun and throwing knives all from horseback.
She also is an experienced Roman rider (standing on the backs of 2 horses at canter), including four-in-hand and jump and also rode with The Rockin' horse stunt team which have performed all over the U.K and abroad.
Dubai - Zana also has worked in Dubai with Hoofbeatz entertainment as stunt team leader, teacher and show rider, providing Trick riding, Fire eating and Horse archery acts. Zana works with Niagara, an Andalucian gelding who she has owned since he was 3 yrs old. He is now 11 and can lay down, sit up, rear at liberty and whilst ridden, Joust, trick ride and loves jumping through fire.
Together they make a strong pair and have a unique bond.
Russia- Zana also competed and coached in July 2016 in Moscow, Russia with team GB for the first ever World Dzhigitovka (Trick riding and weapons) Equestrian Federation championships. She won a personal silver medal in Horse Archery and the team came third overall in the team events.
She now travels to the Moscow region in Russia to sit on the committee of the International Dzhigitovka Equestrian Federation -IDEF and to learn new training techniques and weapons skills to bring back here to train students and keep alive the traditional art of Dzhigitovka.
Oman- Zana is now a tent pegging coach having completed a training course in Oman March 2016 with the ITPF (International Tent Pegging Federation)
National Horseback Archery Society
She is an experienced Horse Archer and instructor and has a passion for Horse Archery and the commitment to see this exciting sport brought back to life in the U.K and and has set up along side Karl the National Horseback Archery Society - NHAS, which is committed to horse welfare and high Horse Archery safe and legal teaching and standards in the UK.
See the N.H.A.S page for more info and to join.
Zana’s other skills include:
Trampolining, fire eating, stilt walking, doubles trapeze, knife throwing, swimming, trained ballet dancer, PADI Dive master in scuba, kick-boxing black belt, rock-climbing, fencing and broadsword fighting, British Action Academy Screen Combat courses - Phases I,II, III, has gained a Tent pegging coaching certification with the ITPF in Oman and has gained the JISC horse stunt test qualification.
She is also a qualified lifeguard, gym instructor and has a current first aid at work certificate