Another exciting young showjumper has been sold abroad. The nine-year-old stallion Super Trooper De Ness has been sold to the US to be ridden by a young rider.

The British-bred son of reigning world champion Vigo D’Arsouilles, owned by the Old Lodge breeding enterprise, has been ridden and produced by Surrey-based Nicky Boulter for the past five years.

The pair won a host of championships including the Walwyn novice at Royal Windsor and the Horse of the Year Show seven- and eight-year-old championship in 2009.

But 31-year-old Nicky is seven months pregnant, so a decision was made to sell the stallion for an undisclosed sum in a deal brokered by rider Peter Charles.

The name of the new rider is yet to be revealed.

“It is very sad to see such an amazing stallion go, but we did offer him to British buyers before we agreed the sale,” said Corrina Duncan on behalf of the owners.

Old Lodge has said that 2009 Foxhunter winner Sultan, ridden by Bruce Menzies, who is British-bred, will be staying in the UK to jump on British teams.

Nicky added: “I have mixed emotions. Of course business is business and I’m privileged to have had Super Trooper. We always knew he’d be good enough to go to the top — everything came so easy to him.

“I’ve spoken to the girl who will be riding him and I’m sure he’ll settle in fine and I look forward to seeing how they get on.”

This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (9 June, 2011)