Olympic dressage star Lancet was retired by an emotional Emma Hindle last Sunday (31 July) at Hickstead.

She retired 18-year-old stallion following his third place in the kür with a score of 77.35%.

Lancet, who will continue his breeding career, helped to spearhead the revival of British dressage and finished in the top 10 of all three classes at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Hong Kong.

Emma said: ”Every great horse deserves to be retired at the top of their game — he’ll now teach people who are helping me out do all the advanced movements.”

British Dressage chief executive Amanda Bond added: “The sport is losing a star, but his talent and ability will hopefully be seen on the international stage again through his offspring.”

Lancet fact file
Age: 18
Sire: Wenzel I
First competed together: 2005
Top results:

  • 2007 – Team member at European championships in Turin
  • 2008 – Individual seventh place at Beijing Olympics
  • 2009 – Team silver and individual eighth place at European Championships at Windsor