Yorkshire Gent, one of the best British-bred show jumpers of recent years, has died of a heart attack in Florida at the age of 18.

The son of the current leading show jumping stallion, Secundus, was bred in Scotland by the Low-Mitchell family out of a home-bred mare.

He upgraded to A as a seven-year-old and was ridden to many successes by Horse & Hound columnist Graham Fletcher, before joining Sarah Bowen with whom he had a tremendous record at home and abroad.

Hickstead was one of his favourite venues and he was placed on several occasions in the Derby, including finishing equal second in 1996.

Having accumulated almost £56,000 in prize-money, Yorkshire Gent moved to America in 1997, where he competed with young riders.