Andrew Hoy will ride Lanfranco TSF, the 4-star eventer formerly competed by his ex-wife Bettina, this season.

The former spouses put out separate statements on the move, with Andrew’s saying Bettina “has decided to return Lanfranco TSF… to his owner, Hoy Enterprises Ltd“, while Bettina’s states that she “has had to hand over the reins… as part of her divorce settlement“.

Bettina and Lanfranco TSF, a 14-year-old Trakehner by Bulrush, finished 3rd at Blenheim CCI3* in 2011 and 10th at Burghley CCI4* the following year. Their good form continued at CIC3* level last season, but Lanfranco became very upset in the dressage at 4-star, scoring 80.8 at Luhmühlen and being retired in the first phase at Burghley. Eventing fans will therefore be fascinated to see how the horse goes for Andrew.

Bettina described “Frankie” as her “soulmate” in her statement, saying: “He has not always been the easiest as he has struggled with his nerves at the big occasions but I have had some fabulous rides on him.

“Andrew has always been a rider whose talent I respected. I wish him and Frankie the best of luck together and hope they can form a successful partnership.”

Andrew’s statement says that “Hoy Enterprises Ltd would like to thank Bettina Hoy for the work she has put into the education and development of the horse”.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know Lanfranco TSF and commencing our relationship. It is always exciting to add a new horse to my string,” added Andrew.

Lanfranco leaves Germany today to head to Andrew’s new yard in Leicestershire and Andrew plans to start competing him later in the year.

Bettina’s plans for a spring season in the UK are on hold as her father has been hospitalised this week with a stroke.

“My mother really needs me here” she said. “And I would not feel comfortable being away from my parents at this difficult time.”