From Desert Orchid and Milton, to Zara Phillips and Charlotte Dujardin, vote now in Petplan Equine's poll
Leading UK specialist equine insurance provider Petplan Equine needs your help. Over the past 25 years, which equestrian moment has stood out for you? From Desert Orchid winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1989 to the winning performances of GB’s dressage and showjumping teams at the London Olympics last year there have been numerous magic moments that have had us all reaching for the tissues time and time again.
Petplan Equine has come up with 25 outstanding equestrian moments, from 1989 to the present day, and you can either choose your favourite from the list below or nominate your very own magic moment. All public votes will be combined to produce the definitive 10 favourite equestrian moments from the past 25 years, so start voting now! And the 25 nominations are:
- 1989: Desert Orchid wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup
- 1989: GB wins individual gold, silver and bronze at the European Eventing Championships at Burghley
- 1989: Nick Skelton wins his third consecutive Hickstead Derby
- 1991: John Whitaker and Milton win their second consecutive FEI World Cup Final
- 1993: Michael Whitaker wins his third consecutive Hickstead Derby with Monsanta
- 1994: John Whitaker retires Milton at Olympia
- 1994: Superted, ridden by Robert Oliver, is crowned champion cob at the Horse of the Year Show for the sixth time
- 1994: The British event team wins the World Championship
- 1999: George Bowman wins his 19th British Horse Driving Championship at Windsor
- 2003: Pippa Funnell wins the Rolex Grand Slam
- 2004: Leslie Law wins individual gold at the Olympic Games in Athens
- 2005: Zara Phillips wins the European Championship at Blenheim
- 2007: Mary King wins her fourth British Open title
- 2010: 18-times champion NH jockey AP McCoy wins the Grand National for the first time on Don’t Push It
- 2010: The British event team wins the World Championship
- 2011: Mark Todd wins his fourth Badminton title at the age of 55
- 2011: William Fox-Pitt wins Burghley horse trials for a record sixth time
- 2011: The British dressage team breaks the European Championship record score to win European gold for the first time
- 2011: Kauto Star wins the King George VI Chase at Kempton for a record fifth time
- 2012: Team GB’s showjumpers win Olympic team gold in London
- 2012: Team GB’s dressage riders win Olympic team gold in London
- 2012: Charlotte Dujardin wins Olympic individual gold in London
- 2012: Dressage rider Lee Pearson wins his 10th Paralympic gold medal as GB win the team event in London
- 2012: Sophie Christiansen wins her third gold medal of the London Paralympic Games
- 2012 Frankel, the world’s best Flat racehorse, is retired after winning his 14th race, the Group One Champion Stakes at Ascot.
“Petplan Equine is very proud to have supported horse owners and riders for 25 years,” said Isabella von Mesterhazy, head of marketing for Petplan Equine.
“During that time we have witnessed some of the most remarkable achievements in equine sporting history. Britain has enjoyed great success in equestrian sport over the past 25 years, both at home and abroad, and has also produced some of the most celebrated equine personalities. We are looking forward to seeing which moments the horse loving public vote into the top 10.”
Anyone wanting to register a vote can do so by visiting the Petplan Equine website www.petplanequine.co.uk/top25 by 16 August. Visitors to the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead from 30 July- 4 August 2013 will also have an opportunity to participate, as Petplan Equine will be handing out voting forms from their stand at the event.