Following the sad news that Zara Tindall has said her final farewell to her marvellous equine partner Toytown, we’ve taken a trip down memory lane to look back at some of his career highlights — and remind ourselves why he was such a legend of the eventing world.
Toytown’s career in pictures
Retiring at Gatcombe Horse Trials, 2011
Zara officially retired Toytown in a parade at Gatcombe Horse Trials in 2011 when the gelding was 18 years old.
“Toytown is my horse of a lifetime and he has given me more than I could ever have dreamed of. It seemed fitting to give him a proper retirement ceremony at home, at Gatcombe Park,” she said at the time.
Watch our archive video marking Toytown’s retirement…
Blenheim Palace Horse Trials, 2015
Cheltenham racecourse, 2012
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European eventing championships, Italy, 2007
Zara and Toytown were part of the gold medal-winning European eventing championship team in Pratoni. The pair were in contention for an individual medal, but problems in the showjumping dropped them to sixth.
World Equestrian Games, Aachen, 2006
European eventing championships, Blenheim, 2005
Burghley Horse Trials, 2003
At home, Gloucestershire
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