An eventing legend in his own lifetime, Opposition Buzz‘s unique jumping style and the ease with which he skipped around the world’s toughest cross-country courses won him legions of fans from around the world.
Owned and bred by Rosemary Search and ridden by Nicola Wilson, the Fleetwater Opposition gelding acted as pathfinder for the British team at four consecutive championships (2009-2012), helping Team GBR to win two gold, one silver and one bronze medal.
While his conformation made dressage a challenge, he did improve considerably during his career and his talent on the cross-country was never in doubt. He was one of the fastest and most-consistent cross-country horses of his generation. He accrued 2324 British Eventing points and completed 11 four-stars. His best individual results were fifth at Burghley in 2008 and seventh at Badminton in 2008 and 2011.
After stepping down from four-star at the end of 2013, he enjoyed a successful season competing ‘for fun’ at CIC3* level, including winning the flagship class at Hopetoun in June 2014. He retired from the sport at Allerton Park in September 2014, after finishing second in the advanced. Just weeks into his retirement, aged 17, he suffered a seizure and was put to sleep on veterinary advice.