Top showjumping stallion ridden by Michael Whitaker dies

  • Give Me Remus

    Rem during his retirement

    An elite showjumping stallion, who made several Nations Cup appearances and came second in the Hickstead Derby, has been put down aged 23.

    Give Me Remus, by Grannus and out of Edisa, won more than £55,000 during his showjumping career.

    Irish Olympic rider Billy Twomey, and top British team showjumpers Michael Whitaker and Ben Maher all enjoyed international successes riding the 16.2hh dark bay.

    Nick Wyatt has owned the stallion, known as Rem at home, since his retirement to stud in 2007. Rem spent his final years with Nick at Woodfalls Stud in Rudgwick, West Sussex.

    He was put down last week (23 October) after having had liver failure.

    He was a very special horse,” Nick told H&H. “He has left a big hole and will be missed.

    “He was ridden by myself and my daughter after his retirement from competition. We could have jumped him in 1.10 and 1.20s but we decided to retire him on a high — he was in a different league.

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    “We have a couple of youngsters of his that we’ve kept. He has a nice three-year-old filly who has now been turned away and she should be exciting.

    “We also have a five-year-old gelding of his who will start to do some work in the spring.”

    Rem’s career highlights include helping the British team secure second place in the Rotterdam Nations Cup under Michael Whitaker in 2001. That year he was also placed second in the Hickstead Derby with Billy Twomey.

    Olympic gold medallist Ben Maher began riding Rem in 2005 and the pair won and were placed at several international events. The combination were selected to represent Britain in the Super League at La Baule and Lucerne in 2006.

    Rem and Billy Twomey at Hickstead in 2001

    Rem and Billy Twomey at Hickstead in 2001

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