A horse that came to the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) with the reputation of being unrideable has topped the British Novice Area 51 points league.

Boxer, a 15.2 hh liver chestnut part-bred Welsh cob gelding, was described as “unrideable” and “terrified of men” when he arrived at the ILPH in October 1996. After a short period of rehabilitation he went out on loan to Carol Dunster who lives near St. Austell in Cornwall.

“All I tried to do in the early days was stay on him,” says Carol. “But thanks to help from my trainer, Claire Rushwort, we are now competing on the affiliated show jumping circuit.”

ILPH Field Officer Jeff Herrington describes Carol as the perfect loanee: “She didn’t expect a ready-made horse and has invested a lot of time and patience on Boxer. I am delighted that she is reaping the rewards she so richly deserves.”