Georgie Davies’ eventer Fachoudette, who represented Britain as an individual at last year’s European Championships, has been retired due to recurring soundness problems.

“She’s been lame on and off since Aachen [in July],” said Georgie. “If she was a gelding we’d probably keep trying to get her sound, but as she’s a mare it seems best for her to go at the top of her career and to start breeding from her.”

The French-bred 15-year-old — who belongs to Georgie, Nicola Spence and Judy Gardner — already has an embryo transfer filly by Jaguar Mail, born this year.

Fachoudette’s major achievements include finishing 10th at Badminton this year, third at Luhmuhlen in 2007 and winning Bramham’s under-25 section and finishing 21st at Burghley in 2006.