Farewell Archimedes

Lesley Caswell’s talented endurance partner Archimedes has died. The pair competed at every major ride in Britain and Ireland, and for 15 years was rarely out of the top 10.

Bred by Mrs Thomas-Everard in Somerset, “Archie” was shown as a youngster, taking the British national gelding championship in 1980.

Archie won the four-day 150-mile Spirit of Sherwood ride in 1997, and at the age of 23 was second in a one-day 100-mile ride. He notched up more than 7,500 miles with the EHPS.

He was an uncomplicated horse with a sense of humour, and easy to crew, cantering in and presenting very quickly.

Archie, who still hacked regularly, died out riding with Lesley in the saddle, alongside his old mate, Tarka.

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