Arko III

Arko III, a handsome bay stallion ridden by Nick Skelton, represented Great Britain in showjumping at both the European Championships and the Athens Olympics.

Arko III won a clutch of Grand Prix titles and, in 2004, was named British Showjumping’s International Horse of the Year. He was also awarded the Leading Nations Cup Horse and Leading Horse titles in 2005 and won the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in 2007.

Be Fair

Be Fair won Badminton with Lucinda Green in 1973.


Beethoven was an Irish 16hh brown gelding owned by Douglas Bunn and ridden by Douglas and by David Broome.

Sired by the thoroughbred stallion Roi d’Egypte out of an Irish draught mare called Fanny, Beethoven was purchased as an unbroken three-year-old in 1961 by Jack Bamber.

Sold on to Douglas Bunn he quickly proved his potential as a showjumper by winning the Foxhunter championship at the Horse of the Year Show as a four-year-old in 1962.

David Broome took over the ride in 1968 and they quickly established a successful partnership by winning the Derby Trial and the Embassy Grand Prix at Hickstead and a speed class in Dublin.

They won the Toronto Grand Prix in 1965, the World Championship Gold Medal in La Baule in 1970 and made 12 Nations Cup appearances.

Big Star

Described by Nick Skelton as 'The best horse I have ever ridden' and with a glittering career, Big Star lived up to his name as part of the Gold-winning Great Britain showjumping team at the 2012 London Olympics. The stallion is owned by Gary and Beverley Widdowson.

Colton Maelstrom

Colton Maelstrom was arguably the most prolific winner of pony showjumping classes in the world, racking up more than 250 career victories and earning in excess of £50,000 in annual winnings.

She went to her first European Championships in 1994 and then attended 12 consecutive championships, winning three individual gold, eight team gold, one individual silver and one team silver medals, with six different riders. She also won the Junior Showjumper of the Year three times, had six career wins at the Hickstead Derby and was five times Pony of the Year Grand Prix winner.

In international events Colton Maelstrom represented Britain with an unrivalled record of clear rounds between 1994 and 2005. She had more than 30 international wins and led Britain to Nations Cup Victories on many occasions.

In 2004, at the age of 17, she was the leading pony in Britain and took home the highest annual winnings of her career.

Cornishman V

Cornishman won double Olympic team gold medals in eventing – in 1968 with Richard Meade and in 1972 with Mary Gordon-Watson.

The only non-human Olympic medallist to pursue a successful film career, Cornishman V appeared in Dead Cert (1974), based on a Dick Francis novel, and International Velvet (1978).


Doublet won the 1971 European Three Day Eventing Championships at Burghley with HRH The Princess Royal. They also finished fifth at Badminton Horse Trials in 1971.

Dutch Courage

Dutch Courage was bronze medallist at the 1978 World Dressage Championships.

Everest Forever

Everest Forever became one of the great showjumping horses, although his career in Britain almost didn't get off the ground.

Ted Edgar went to Germany in 1976 to see some horses at a leading yard but Everest Forever was almost not included, as he had recently had a wind operation. Ted bought him nonetheless.

The 17hh chestnut gelding represented Great Britain in 19 Nations Cup teams between 1979 and 1986, and at the 1981 European Championships.

Everest Forever chalked up winnings of almost £190,000. His victories included Queen Elizabeth II Cups in 1979, 1981 and 1982, the 1980 Hickstead Grand Prix, the 1980 Aachen Grand Prix, and Royal Windsor in 1983 when he helped Liz Edgar to her fourth ladies championship.


Foxhunter, an imposing bright bay gelding, was a six-year-old novice showjumper when Colonel Harry Llewellyn bought him. Remarkably, just one year later, the partnership won a bronze medal at the 1948 London Olympics. The pair then went on to represent Great Britain again at the 1952 Olympics, winning the team’s only gold medal.

During their career together, Foxhunter and Harry Llewellyn won a staggering 78 international competitions and remain the only partnership to have won the coveted King George V Cup three times.

High and Mighty

High and Mighty won Badminton Horse Trials in 1957 and 1958 with Shelia Wilcox.

King's Warrior

King’s Warrior was a triple winner of the Horse of the Year Show Hunter Championship.

Merely a Monarch

Merely a Monarch was winner of Burghley Horse Trials in 1961 and Badminton Horse Trials in 1962 with Anneli Drummond-Hay.

He won Badminton and an international showjumping Grand Prix within months of each other.

Merely a Monarch helped launch Anneli Drummond-Hay onto the international scene and was short-listed in all three Olympic disciplines.

He was voted in a L’annee Hippique worldwide poll as one of the best 50 horses of the century.


Milton, a 16.3hh grey gelding, was bought by Caroline Bradley as a six-month-old foal and taken on by John Whitaker following Caroline’s tragic death.

During his international career, Milton and John won almost every domestic and international showjumping accolade. Together they achieved European team gold medals in 1987 and 1989, and European individual gold in 1989.

Milton was retired in at the 1994 Olympia International Horse Show, sparking an emotional response from the audience. He was the only horse outside of racing to win more than £1 million.

Mister Softee

Mister Softee was one of the most prolific showjumping horses of his time. His first major success on the world stage was at the European Championships in 1962 where he won individual gold with David Barker.

In 1965 the ride passed to David Broome and over the following years the partnership amassed a remarkable record of successes.

Mister Softee helped David to numerous victories, including the King George V Gold Cup at the Royal International Horse Show and the Hickstead Jumping Derby in 1966 where they produced the only clear round of that year.

The pair won consecutive Dublin Grand Prix titles in 1967 and 1968 and individual gold at the 1967 and 1969 European Championships.

Perhaps their greatest moment was at the Mexico Olympics in 1968 where they won the individual bronze medal.

Mistral Hojris

Together with Laura Tomlinson (née Bechtolsheimer), Mistral Hojris represented Great Britain at both the 2008 Beijing Olympics (finishing sixth) and the 2012 London Olympics (winning Team Gold and Individual Bronze).

He was retired in 2013.


Nizefela was easily identified by his famous ‘kick back’ over a fence – a sure sign that he was on form!

He was known as the cornerstone of the British showjumping team and described by former BSJA Chairman Colonel Harry Llewellyn as a horse who was as "steady as a rock" and "jumps big and clean".

The bay gelding, bred in Lincolnshire, was owned and ridden by the great Wilfred White, and it was on him that Wilf achieved many of his greatest victories.

Nizefela helped Britain to win its only gold medal at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952, and was a member of the Olympic bronze medal-winning team in Stockholm in 1956.

In total Nizefela represented Britain in a dozen victorious Nations Cup teams. He is rightly regarded as one of the greatest horses in the history of showjumping.

Over To You

Over To You won eight medals for Britain with Jeanette Brakewell, making him the most medalled event horse in the world.

Known as ‘Jack’, his medal tally included four European team gold medals, two Olympic team silver medals, a World team bronze medal, and an individual World silver medal.

Over To You also finished five times in the top ten at Badminton Horse Trials, and recorded a British Eventing points tally of 2,170 which is unlikely to be surpassed.

British team manager Yogi Breisner said: “Over To You is poetry in motion across country. They threw away the mould when they made him.”

Penwood Forge Mill

Penwood Forge Mill was hugely popular during the time of his career and remains one of Britain’s best loved showjumpers.

His early successes included winning the Grand Prix in Ostend and coming second in the Nations Cup competitions at Ostend, Rotterdam and Geneva in 1971. In the following year, he came second in the Nations Cup in Rome, before achieving a win in London. He then went on to win back-to-back Nations Cups in 1977 and 1978.

Penwood Forge Mill also won the European Championships, the King George V Gold Cup and the Horse and Hound Cup within six days!

Pretty Polly

Pretty Polly, foaled in 2001, was an outstanding racehorse and broodmare who 22 of 24 starts, including fifteen consecutive races.


Priceless was a prolific event horse, ridden by British Eventer Virginia ‘Ginny’ Leng during the 1980s. Together the pair amassed a list of achievements including team and individual gold medals at the 1985 and 1987 European Championships and again at the World Championships in Gawler, Australia in 1986, as well as Olympic team silver and individual bronze in Los Angeles in 1984.

Priceless also partnered Ginny to wins at both Badminton and Burghley Horse Trials.

A fast and careful jumper, Priceless never refused or incurred a single penalty across country.

Primmore’s Pride

Primmore’s Pride became the first horse to take all three four-star eventing titles consecutively.

With his rider, Pippa Funnell, he won Badminton, Burghley and Lexington Horse Trials, and picked up an individual bronze and team silver medal at the Athens Olympics.

Ryan’s Son

Ryan’s Son was born in 1968 and at the age of five was bought by Malcolm Barr and his future son-in-law, John Whitaker, for £2,500. The bay Irish-bred gelding formed a strong and prosperous partnership with John Whitaker, winning more than £250,000 during the course of his prestigious career.

Ryan’s Son was one of the most prominent showjumpers of his time. In 1980 at the ‘Alternative’ Olympics, Ryan’s Son took the silver medal in the team and individual events, going on to win another silver at the 1984 Olympics.

He also won the coveted Cock o’the North Championship in 1975 at the Great Yorkshire Show and the Hickstead Derby in 1983.

Other major wins include the Midland Bank Great Northern Championship, the Bass Grand National, the Everest Double Glazing Championship, and the King George V Gold Cup.

He was a winner at the Royal International Horse Show, Horse of the Year Show and Olympia and was the leading national money winner four times (1976, 1978, 1979 and 1983).

In 1980, Ryan's Son won the Irish Horse Board's prize for the best horse bred in Ireland. In his career, he jumped nine double clear rounds in Nations Cups.


Sefton was a Household Cavalry horse who survived the IRA bombings in London in 1982.

He underwent eight hours of surgery and became a household name. He was 19 years old at the time of the bombings and received much media attention and concern from members of the public.

Sefton was retired to The Home of Rest for Horses shortly after and stayed there until 1993. He became incurably lame from the injuries he suffered and was put to sleep at the age of 30.

Sefton’s legacy remains intact through The British Horse Society Sefton Awards, set up in 1984, and the Sefton Equine Referral Unit, which is based at the Royal Veterinary College. Household Cavalry tradition dictates that horses' names are re-used, which ensures that Sefton’s memory will live on.

Shear H20

Shear H2O was ridden by Leslie Law to team silver in the eventing at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and team gold at the 2001 European Championships. When he retired he had amassed a total of 1,871 British Eventing points.


Stroller is undoubtedly one of the most famous ponies of all time. Despite standing only 14.2hh, he was able to compete and win against much bigger horses in international showjumping.

Stroller and his rider, Marion Coakes, first achieved success as part of the victorious junior European Championship team in 1963.

Despite attempts to move her onto horses, Marion refused to part with the courageous pony. He was only the third horse to jump a clear at the Hickstead Derby in 1964 and in 1965, Stroller helped Marion to secure the title of Ladies’ World Champion. Two years later, the pair won the Hickstead Derby.

Stroller and Marion’s greatest achievement was perhaps their medal at the 1968 Mexico Olympics: the first individual silver to be won by a woman at the Olympic Games.

The Poacher

The Poacher was one of the greatest event horses of his era. He was considered the backbone of the British teams that between 1967 and 1971 won Olympic gold, World gold and three consecutive European gold medals.

Partnered by his owner, Captain Martin Whiteley, he won Little Badminton in 1965 and individual silver in the European Championships at Punchestown in 1967.

Martin Whiteley then generously handed over The Poacher to the Combined Training Committee (the equivalent of British Eventing at that time) for the selectors to use as they wished for the British team.

In 1968, The Poacher finished fifth in the Mexico Olympics with Sergeant Ben Jones, being last to go in the team and having to cope with the worst of the going after a violent tropical storm.

In 1970 he was partnered with Richard Meade and together they won Badminton, team gold and individual silver at the World Championships in Punchestown, the National Championships at Wylye and team gold in the European Championships at Burghley before The Poacher went back to Martin Whiteley to retire to the hunting field.


Tosca, a grey Irish mare of unknown breeding and named after the Puccini opera, was partnered by Pat Smythe. Together, they achieved the distinction of being the first combination to head the list of national showjumping winners for two consecutive seasons.

Purchased very cheaply, Tosca was used as a hunt horse and was notoriously headstrong and ‘mareish’, but this did not affect her ability. Her first showjumping appearance was in 1951, and she was quickly upgraded, becoming the biggest winner in the country in 1952 and 1953.

Tosca and Pat were also part of the winning Prince of Wales Cup team, and Pat was the first woman to be selected to compete in the Nations Cup.


Toytown, affectionately nicknamed 'Noddy', had a truly remarkable career in eventing, helping Zara Phillips win both World and European titles.

Their debut for the British Team at the 2005 European Championships, where they won Individual and Team Gold, was undoubtedly one of their finest performances. Toytown won the hearts of the home crowd at Blenheim Palace as he battled his way through torrential rain to complete a clear round cross-country that was as brave as it was magnificent.


Known at home as 'Blueberry', the 16.2hh Dutch Warmblood gelding has partnered Charlotte Dujardin to world-beating success on many an occasion, including Gold in both the Team and Individual tables at the 2012 London Olympics.

In 2013, Charlotte and Valegro also became European Champions at Herning. Later that year, the combination set a new world record of 93.975% at Olympia before improving on this at Olympia 2014 with 94.3%. 2014 also saw them become double world champions by taking the Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle at the World Equestrian Games.

Valegro is jointly owned by Carl Hester MBE and Roly Luard.

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