The Brendon Stud’s stallion Unbelievable Darco has been put down, aged 15, after a colic attack.

The Darco son was a former H&H Foxhunter champion who won the Bunn Leisure derby tankard in 2008 and was also a successful and popular sire.

“Freddie” was put down in the early hours of yesterday morning.

“He will be forever missed but never forgotten,” said his owner Shirley Light. “He was a member of the family – a real gentleman and friend to us all.

“We’d had him since he was a foal. It’s really sad.”

The successfully stud competes a number of his progeny and a limited amount of semen is still available.