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Olympic eventer Andrew Hoy pays tribute to five-star horse Algebra


  • Australian Olympic medallist Andrew Hoy has paid tribute to the “most wonderful little horse” Algebra, who died on his twenty fifth birthday.

    Julia McLean and John Glenn’s 15.3hh gelding died at their farm in Australia on Tuesday (15 November).

    “Sam” was produced from grassroots to four-star stage (now five-star) stage by Andrew’s pupil Natalie Blundell. The pair had been based mostly in Australia and accomplished the Adelaide CCI4* (now CCI5*) 4 instances, together with 2012 after they had been runners-up. Natalie relocated to Andrew’s UK base and in 2014 she and Algebra had been thirteenth at Luhmühlen.

    Algebra had been resulting from begin a second profession as a schoolmaster, however John and Julia determined to provide him a last yr on the prime of the game, and Andrew took over the experience on the finish of 2014. The pair gained their first worldwide occasion collectively, the Montelibretti CCI3*-L (now CCI4*) in April 2015. Two months later they gained the Haras du Pin CCI3*-L (now CCI4*). The next yr they had been fourth at Haras Du Pin, third within the Ballindenisk CCI3* (now CCI4*) and in 2017 they had been third at Montelibretti.

    Andrew mentioned 15 November marked a “memorable date” because it was “Mr Pocket Rocket’s” birthday and the date Algebra’s retirement social gathering was held in 2017, when he was 20.

    “On his twenty fifth birthday is the place the journey ended and he handed away at John and Julia’s stunning farm, the place he had been bossing across the younger horses proper till the top,” he mentioned.

    “He definitely was probably the most particular character and I’ve a lot to thank him for. We had an incredible time collectively and a few fairly exceptional outcomes. I used to be so fortunate to take over the reins from my most fantastic scholar Natalie Blundell. 2015 was ‘our yr’, profitable at Montelibretti and Haras du Pin.”

    Andrew added that on 15 November, he and his spouse Stefanie had organized to meet up with John and Julia, who additionally personal Byebye Brisquenouille, an 11-year-old mare competing at two-star stage with Andrew.

    “It was in some way becoming that we might be there to lift a glass with them and share reminiscences of this most wonderful little horse, who has touched all our hearts and given all of us probably the most fantastic experiences and reminiscences,” he mentioned.

    “Thanks Sam. You’ll at all times hold a really particular place in my coronary heart.”

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