British dressage star Gambrinus, ridden throughout his career by Peter Storr, died last week aged 15.

“We were sad and very shocked to find that Gambrinus had died peacefully in his sleep on 1 December,” said Peter. “He took me on a fantastic journey through his career, with highs being selected for European Championships, World Games, and twice being national champion in 2000 and 2001.”

Vets are unsure as to the cause of his death, suggesting he may have had a haemorrhage. A post-mortem has not been carried out.

The past few weeks have been tough for Peter, who fractured several ribs on 21 November after being “buried by a very naughty young horse”.

“Having ridden Gambrinus since he was three years old, we had formed a unique bond together,” said Peter. “I feel that I’ve lost my best friend.”

  • This news report was first published in Horse & Hound (7 December, ’06)