1. Gemma Tattersall winning Bicton and getting engaged in the same day
You wouldn’t have thought her day could get any better after that, but oh yes, her boyfriend Gary Stevens proposed.
2. Emily Moffitt saving Winning Good for another day
Emily jumped a superb clear in the team final to finish 22nd, doing enough to jump in the individual medal decider. “He’s only 12 and I’ve got big goals and dreams that I can’t do without him,” she said.
3. The charming retirement ceremony of one of Marcus Ehning’s top rides
Wearing a rug with the words “Merci, Comme Il Faut”, Marcus rode the stallion into the ring to the music from Chariots of Fire.
The stallion stood in the winner’s spot and ate grass as a video played, showing some of his major achievements. He gave a neigh to the appreciative crowd, who stood three deep at the rails.
4. The death of one of showing’s best maxi cobs
A former Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) maxi cob of the year has been put down aged 12.
Imogen Yates’ Colour Index was one of the circuit’s top maxis, not only winning the coveted accolade at the NEC but also standing second at both the Royal International Horse Show (RIHS) and Royal Windsor with his long-term rider Angela Lance.
5. The Greek rider who went from one-stars to European champs in 18 months
Greece’s only representative at the European Showjumping Championships, Ioli Mytillineou riding Levis De Muze, amazed and impressed throughout last week’s competition in Germany. Their final round in the individual final may have ended in retirement, but Ioli really stood out over the week – particularly give that this time last year she biggest track she’d jumped was a two-star.
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