Amateur star Steph Croxford reveals the secrets of a most unlikely dressage legend.

Fact file

Stable name: Mr P or Rimmer

Age: 18

Height: 16.1hh

Breed: By a Gelderlander-hackney stallion out of a Dutch warmblood mare

Sire: unknown

Owners: Steph and Simon Croxford

Rider: Steph Croxford

Best ever result: winner Saumur CDI grand prix freestyle in 2007

Five things you didn’t know…

1 The driving-bred Mr P cost just £2,500 as a newly backed youngster and has since amassed 674 BD points.

2 He was named after former US president Bill Clinton for the way he would round up and court the mares in his field.

3 Mr P is genuinely petrified of clippers and squeals like a pig off to slaughter unless sedated.

4 He detests pigs, too, and learned to passage by “goose-stepping” past the hated creatures while hacking.

5 Ever the crowd-pleaser, Mr P has received standing ovations at Olympia and loves strutting his stuff to his Blues Brothers freestyle routine.

To read the full interview with Steph Croxford about Mr President see the 15 March issue of H&H

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