British event rider Leslie Law marries in the Caribbean

  • Britain’s Olympic Eventing Champion Leslie Law has married his Canadian fiancée Lesley Grant.

    The wedding was on 17 December in Aruba, an island in the southern Caribbean. The couple — both event riders — were married on the beach at sunset (pictured right).

    “We were there for a week and went just by ourselves so it was very nice — quiet and romantic with no hassle,” explained Lesley. “The only people who joined us were Ann and Troy Glaus, owners of Leslie’s, who flew in just to be witnesses.”

    Leslie and Lesley returned home before Christmas, and celebrated with a dinner and party in a tent at their farm in Florida on New Year’s Eve. Among the 120 guests were Leslie’s former eventing team-mates Rodney Powell and William Fox-Pitt, plus William’s wife, Alice.

    A stalwart of the British eventing team from 2000 to 2005, Leslie Law picked up the individual gold medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004 after Bettina Hoy was moved down the order for her technical error in the show jumping.

    He decided to move to America in November 2005, citing more opportunities to build up his future as an eventing trainer as the main reason. The only horse he took with him was his gold medal-winner Shear L’Eau, who was retired from competition last July.

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