Robert Whitaker‘s puissance star Finbarr V has died aged 17.

The gelding was put down last week (Thursday 28 August).

He had an incurable, recurring lymphangitis and had recently become very ill.

Finbarr V was owned by Mandy Hall. With Robert the showjumper enjoyed great success, especially in puissance classes — including at the 2008 Horse of the Year Show and 2007 and 2006 Olympia.

In later years he was competed at a lower level by Kayleigh Watts.

“He was a great horse to me winning grands prix, breaking six-bar records and of course winning so many puissances. The good times will always be remembered,” said Robert.

Owner Mandy Hall told H&H: “He was a horse of a lifetime and has given us so much pleasure.”