The popular sport horse sire, Carnaval Drum, has died at Pembers Hill stud in Hampshire, aged 29. He was put to sleep on 27 September.

Carnaval Drum, a 16.2h Dutch warmblood, was bought by Kevin and Annette Cooper as a two-year-old.

He had a successful showjumping career with Kevin Cooper – qualifying for the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS), the Royal International and winning many open classes – before retiring to stud.

The elite stallion went on to sire the first British-bred World Champion, Carnavelly and produced a number of eventers, dressage and show horses.

Another Carnaval Drum son, Carnaval Spirit won the Foxhunter final in 1998 with Damian Charles.

Annette Cooper told H&H that they owed a lot to the horse.

“He set us up really,” she said. “He’s the reason we started stud work and we’re still a stud today.

“He had a lovely temperament. We’ll never have another one like him – he was like part of the family.”