Side-saddle rider Katie Bloom has lost her beloved ladies and small show hunter Lord Theodore.
The consistent qualifier for the Horse of the Year Show sustained an irreparable injury when he was turned out in his field.
Katie, a chartered physio from Wressle near Selb, has owned him for eight years and he was ridden in the ring by her friend Jane Collins.
Katie said: “He may not have been an out-and-out superstar but whatever he did was consistent and he was a proper small hunter.
“I had the privilege of owning him for eight years and for seven years he qualified for the small hunter class at HOYS, being fifth last time and for the last three years he qualified for the ladies hunter section.”
Theo had evented at novice level, show-jumped and enjoyed hunting both astride and side-saddle with Jane Collins.
He completed the “Lucy Glitters Sporting Tour” over the last three seasons, a nation-wide alphabetic tour of hunts.
Theo also taught Katie’s husband Godfrey to ride and he took him out hunting, too.
Jane Collins said : “Whatever I asked Theo to do he did without question and to the best of his ability and I shall miss him greatly.”
Yorkshire-based TopSpec is sponsoring the largest loop of the FEI Newmarket endurance ride.
The company has been involved in endurance for a number of years, sponsoring riders Mary Korn, Anna Welch and Chris Rose.
The FEI Newmarket and Emirates International CEIO three-star 160km Nations’ Cup will be run on June 24-26.
TopSpec is sponsoring the longest loop of the day, the Green Loop of 33km, the second section of the ride.
You have to be in it for the glory in the show classes at the Royal International at Hickstead this year.
Some of the showing classes start at 7.30am so it is out of the sack by the latest at six to get the entrants ready.
Then there is the matter of the 35 entry fee with the possible winning of a first prize of 50, a profit of 15 which hardly covers the diesel to get down the A1.
You can get your entry money back by taking third place, but fourth sees you a fiver adrift.
And yet people give their eye-teeth to take part.