Steph Croxford’s charismatic gelding Mr President was retired from major competition at the National Dressage Championships last week.

STEPHANIE CROXFORD riding MR PRESIDENT IV

After leaving the arena for their grand prix, Steph dismounted from the 19-year-old hackney-gelderlander, ran her stirrups up and burst into tears.

The pair received a standing ovation from spectators.

National Dressage Championships 2009 19th September. DRESSAGE DE

Mr President has been a much-loved competitor over the years, with wins including the Saumur CDI grand prix freestyle in 2007.

Stephanie Croxford at home Shoot 2011

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