In a fitting tribute, this week’s H&H tracks the career of Over To You; the world’s the most medalled event horse. He retired from four-star eventing at Badminton in May.
His career began as a weedy racing reject and ended as the most capped event horse in the world.
Speaking to the people who knew him best, journalist Kate Green builds up a picture of a true British great.
Jeanette Brakewell, his competition partner said: “There won’t be a horse like him again. I’ll be amazed if anyone breaks his records.”
Yogi Breisner, British team manager since 2000, said: “Over To You is poetry in motion across country. His round at the Pau Europeans was like silk. They threw away the mould when they made him.”
Jonty Evans, who broke him in said: “We once got thrown out of the first round in a Burghley Young Event Horse qualifier at Bramham. I’d love to say something to that judge now!”
Over To You’s career highlights
- 1998: 16th Badminton, individual member of British squad at Rome WEG
- 1999: 9th Badminton, European team gold medal, Luhmühlen
- 2000: team silver medal at Sydney Olympics
- 2001: European team gold medal at Pau
- 2002: fell at the gate at Huntsman’s Close, Badminton, World team bronze and individual silver medals, Jerez WEG
- 2003: 3rd Badminton, team gold medal, Punchestown Europeans
- 2004: 7th Badminton, Olympic team silver medal, Athens
- 2005: 5th Badminton, European team gold medal, Blenheim
- 2006: 4th Badminton, 5th Burghley
- 2007: 14th Badminton
Read H&H’s exclusive feature, including highlights of his career in pictures, in today’s Horse & Hound (31 May, ’07)