Top eventing couple Andrew and Bettina Hoy are moving back to Britain after spending just over a year in Germany.

Australian Olympic team gold medallist Andrew and his German wife Bettina (pictured), a former European champion, were unable to find a suitable home in Britain after leaving Gatcombe Park in February 2009. They therefore contested the 2009 season from the German equestrian federation base in Warendorf.

But yesterday at the Subaru Houghton International Horse Trials, Andrew revealed that they are moving to the Farley Estate, near Reading.

“It’s a joint-venture between Farley Estate and Hoy Enterprises,” said Andrew. “I’m in the process of moving now and Bettina will spend a bit more time in Germany, preparing for Luhmühlen and selling her dressage horse.”

The couple had a successful weekend at Houghton — Andrew was third in CCI** section C and Bettina won the other CCI**.

Full report from Houghton in H&H this Thursday, 3 June, plus Tina Cook’s comment on the event.