Superted, six-times cob of the year, has been put down at the age of 21.
The pure Irish Draught heavyweight developed a severe infection in a foot that would have required major surgery.
His owner Heather Griffiths, who kept Ted at her Derby Park Stud at Hope, near Hexham, said: “Our vet, Richard Owen, said the foot was so badly infected that he would have needed a major operation. I just couldn’t put him through it.”
Superted was shown throughout his career by Robert Oliver and when the horse was retired from the show ring in 1994, Robert hunted him with the Ledbury.
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