Woodlander Farouche is a British-bred Hanovarian chestnut mare, currently competing at small tour level under Michael Eilberg.
One of the most exciting young dressage horses in the UK, Farouche was bred by Lynne Crowden of the Woodlander Stud in 2006. She is by Furst Heinrich out of Woodlander Dornroschen.
Her breeder has admitted that she was not a very attractive foal saying: “she had a pink nose like a little pig — she was called the ‘Ginger Pig’”. But Farouche soon grew into herself, now standing at 17.2hh, and once working under saddle her potential quickly became clear.
Farouche leapt into the spotlight when she became the first British-bred horse to win the World Breeding Dressage Championships as a five-year-old. She returned a year later to claim the six-year-old title with a record score of 9.88.
The mare won her prix st georges (PSG) debut at Vale View EC in May 2014 and was crowned PSG champion at the British Dressage national championships at Stoneleigh in September.