Dressage rider Pippa Hutton has been banned from driving after being caught speeding at 129mph — almost twice the legal limit.
The 19-year-old daughter of renowned trainer and H&H columnist Pammy Hutton appeared at Stroud Magistrates’ Court in March. She received a 56 day ban and £300 fine.
Pippa, who pleaded guilty, was caught by a manned mobile speed trap on the A417 at Daglingworth last October.
The speed limit is 70mph.
“I would never normally speed like that, but my family and my dog were in danger,” Pippa told the court.
“I was in an abusive relationship and I was told if I did not get back now, he would hurt my family.”
She went on to ask the magistrates not to ban her from driving, as it would damage her career as a rider.
“I ride horses for Great Britain,” said Pippa, who was on the junior European dressage team in 2011.
“Without my licence I don’t have much of a career. I have a completely clean record and would never speed again.”
As well as the ban and fine, Pippa was ordered to pay £85 towards prosecution costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
“We have a duty to protect the public,” Richard Longstreth, chairman of the bench, told her.
“While we appreciate you have very valid reasons, the amount of damage you could have caused would have been incalculable.”