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What you didn’t know about… Dingbat

Team chase rider Sarah Myhill tells H&H about the ‘brilliant lunatic’ who will only run in the lead.

Fact file

Stable name: Dingers

Age: 19

Height: 16.1hh

Discipline: team chasing

Sire: State Diplomacy

Dam: Little Possum

Owner: Sarah Myhill

Groom: Sarah Myhill

Top results: winning the 2009 and 2011 National Championships, and the 2010-11 league

Five things you didn’t know…

1 Sarah dare not jump him over a practice fence at a team chase because he refuses. “He’s saving his energy for the real thing,” she says.

2 He has not missed a single team chase since spring 2008 — Sarah broke her neck in October 2007 and so missed most of the autumn season.

3 He evented with Zara Phillips from 2002-04. He has 22 British Eventing points and competed up to intermediate level.

4 Dingbat is often left unclipped as he lives out.

5 When Sarah calls her horses off the hill for breakfast, Dingbat has to be in front and his leadership is never challenged by others.

To read the full interview with Sarah Myhill about Dingbat see the 29 November issue of H&H

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