PSG freestyle dressage champion retires

  • Remming (pictured), the reigning winter prix st georges freestyle champion owned by Leslie Connor and Christine Graham, has been ruled out of junior team selection.

    The horse has suffered a suspensory ligament injury and will now be retired from competition.

    Ridden by Lottie Fry, the 16-year-old Flemmingh gelding was part of last year’s junior Europeans squad.

    Remming was originally ridden by Lottie’s mother Laura until her untimely death from cancer in March 2013.

    The gelding severed a hind tendon in 2007, but made a successful return to competition under Laura’s care. He went on to win at regional and be placed at national level with Laura in the saddle.

    Lottie took on the ride in 2012, representing Great Britain at last year’s European championships where they finished 8th and 5th. This year the horse has been on top form winning both abroad and at the winter championships and Premier Leagues.

    During a recent training trip to Carl Hester’s yard, Lottie felt the horse was not 100% and a scan on 27 May showed a 40% tear in a front suspensory ligament. The horse’s owners chose to return the horse to Scotland on 30 May.

    “We, as his owners, would like to thank Remming for being our horse of a lifetime,” said Leslie and Christine, via a British Dressage statement. “He is a true gentleman who always gave his best.”

    Remming will join the Connors’ other retired horses, Mozart and Ghandi, which were until recently stabled with the Frys, in retirement.

    Simon Fry, Lottie’s father, declined to comment.

    Lottie will now ride her grandmother’s Z Flemmenco — also by Flemmingh — on the British team at the junior European championships in Arezzo, Italy (9-13 July).

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