Richard Davison’s Olympic mount has a new role as a schoolmaster in the USA

Richard Davison’s Olympic ride Hiscox Askari, who “retired” from international dressage in a ceremony at Hickstead, has a high-profile new home lined up in the USA.

Askari, 14, is going to Jane Clark, whose stable has included 1996 Olympic team silver medal show jumper Extreme and Robert Dover’s 2000 Olympic team bronze medal dressage mount, Rainier.

Due to arrive this week, Askari will initially go to Mr Dover’s Long Island, New York yard and then south to Florida where his new owner spends much of the winter.

Former president of the American Horse Shows Association, Mrs Clark said she hasno immediate plans to compete Askari.

“I’m saying no now, but if I ever decide to do it, he’d be a lovely horse to do it on. Nothing I could do would surprise him.”

Mrs Clark is looking forward to making Askari a member of her equine family, which also includes Jimmy Fairclough’s four-in-hand horses and several jumpers ridden by Leslie Burr Howard and Molly Ashe.

“I plan on spoiling him,” said Mrs Clark. “I’m a very indulgent mother.”

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