Top eventer Lord Killinghurst has been retired, aged 18.

“He is fit, well and enjoying a slower life at home,” said Nicky Salmon, who owns him with her husband Robin.

Lord Killinghurst (pictured) earnt 1904 British Eventing points during his career, and boasts a superb record at four-star level with Andrew Nicholson.

He was third at Burghley three times in a row (2003, 2004 and 2005) and also fourth and 19th at the event. He was also second, third, fifth and 14th at Badminton between 2004 and 2007.

He represented New Zealand twice, at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, in 2006 and at the Olympics in Hong Kong last year.

Nicky added: “He has given us an enormous amount of pleasure and thanks must go to Owen Moore for producing him and to Andrew Nicholson for agreeing to take him back in 2000 — the rest is history. Thank you to everyone who had a part in his long and successful career.”

Lord Killinghurst is by the American thoroughbred Sulaafah, out of Killinghurst Girl VIII, also dam of four-star eventer Ginger May Killinghurst.