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While they swap hands for millions of euros, Britain’s top sport horses rarely earn a fortune. Nevertheless, Horse & Hound this week publishes a list of the top-earning horses in the period 2006-2007.

The top three are:

  • Arko, partnered by Nick Skelton, the Hales’ family’s show jumper earned £385,407 in the last two years
  • Insul Tech Mozart Des Hayettes, partnered by owner Michael Whitaker, the horse won £184,279
  • Lacroix 9, partnered by 24-year-old Robert Whitaker, his mother, Claire’s gelding, earned £176,661

The list totals seven show jumpers and three eventers, but no dressage horses. The top-earning eventer was Headley Britannia who won £111,000 largely thanks to her back-to-back Burghley 2006 and Badminton 2007 wins.

To read Paula Minchin’s full feature don’t miss today’s Horse & Hound, on sale Thursday 17 January