Homebred four-star eventer to retire ‘like a king’

  • Eventer Charlotte Agnew has retired her long-term campaigner Out Of Africa Two.

    The partnership has spent an impressive 10 seasons competing together, from intro up to advanced.

    In that time, they contested 27 international events and completed three four-stars.

    Charlotte revealed on social media that they had made the difficult decision to retire “Zul” on Tuesday (22 March).

    “It is with mixed emotions that I tell all you friends and fans of the legend that is Zul, that our superstar has hung up his wings and spring-slippers, and has gone home for retirement,” she said.

    “Zul has taken me places I only dreamt of — top five at a four-star and reserve for two British teams — it is the end of a chapter.

    “But I am proud to say he has finished his career sound and in great spirits, and can now return to the field he grew up in to live out the rest of his days as a very happy hacker and King of the land. Thank you Zul.”

    The pair completed their fourth four-star together at Burghley in 2015 and Charlotte said the temptation for “one last Badminton” this year was strong, but but felt it was in the horse’s best interest to finish on a high.

    Bred by Charlotte’s parents, he is out of one of her father’s hunters and by Welton Apollo.

    Some of their highlights include fifth at Luhmuhlen in 2012, second at Houghton Hall CIC3* the same year and second in their first three-day together at Weston Park young rider CCI2* in 2007.

    Charlotte also thanked those who have worked to keep Zul on the road, including her mum.

    “Along our way we have met and worked with some truly wonderful people, without whom neither Zul nor I would have achieved anything,” she said.

    “There are so many people who have given us their support and infected us with their enthusiasm — I cannot thank you all enough.”

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