What you didn’t know about… Little Tiger

  • Rider Phoebe Buckley tells H&H about the diminutive mare who gallops and jumps for fun.

    Fact file

    Stable name: Frosty

    Age: 17

    Height: 14.3hh without shoes, 15hh on tiptoes

    Breeding: 7⁄8 thoroughbred by Java Tiger out of Hopper VII

    Rider: Phoebe Buckley

    Owner: Polly Taylor, who has gifted her to Phoebe

    Groom: at three-day events it was Simon Grieve, but usually Phoebe

    Discipline: formerly eventing now team chasing and hunting

    Best result: 16th at Burghley in 2008

    Four things you didn’t know…

    1 It had been the ambition of Val Gingell, Little Tiger’s breeder and one of Phoebe’s mentors and supporters, to own a four-star horse.

    “The irony is the only one she’s had – Little Tiger – she sold because she thought she was too small,” says Phoebe.

    2 Little Tiger is allergic to many things, including dandelions, dust mites and washing powder. She has to wear a fly sheet for most of the year to stop her nibbling herself.

    3 While she was eventing, Little Tiger would never let Phoebe catch her. “I suspect she associated me with dressage, which she hated. These days, she thinks there’s a chance we might be going hunting, so I’ve become more acceptable and it is worth a gamble for her.”

    4 During her eventing career, she always went best jumping out of deep ground – “the wetter the better“, says Phoebe.

    To read the full interview with Phoebe Buckley about Little Tiger read the 17 May issue of H&H

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