Leslie Law, Britain’s reigning Olympic Eventing Champion, is to start a new life in the USA next month. The 40-year-old rider spoke exclusively to Horse & Hound about his decision to move.
“I’m ready for a change. I’ve been over in the States doing a lot of clinics and teaching recently, and really enjoying it,” he explained.
Law, who was awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours, has been a valuable and popular member of the British team since his silver medal-winning debut at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
“To remain on the British team is very much part of my plan,” said Law, who although looking forward to the move, admitted it was a difficult decision.
“It’s not a decision I made lightly. I have great owners who are honest and truthful and I spoke to them and my parents before I made it,” said Law. “They said: ‘only you can make that decision, and you have to decide what’s best for you’.”
Law’s departure to America is likely to cause shockwaves among the equestrian world — from fellow competitors and young fans alike.
Pippa Funnell said: “He will be greatly missed. He’s not just a team-mate — he’s been a great friend for many years. We’ll stay in touch but it won’t be the same on the home circuit without him. I’m one of many who will miss him greatly.”
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