Nicola Wilson’s four-star eventer Opposition Buzz has been retired from top level competition. The 17-year-old will step back to advanced and three-star level, his connections have decided.
Opposition Buzz – “Dodi” at home – has been a consistent performer throughout his career at four-star level, with seven top 11 placings.
Dodi is fit and well, and “would love to go to Badminton this year”, but owner-breeder Rosemary Search and Wilson feel that the 2012 Olympic team silver medalist had done enough at top level: “It is felt that he should now compete at Advanced and CIC*** level so he can enjoy doing what he loves the most, and that is going cross country. There are some wonderful CIC*** competitions where he can feel the buzz of top level without the rigors of the 4* competition.”
The son of Trakehner sire Fleetwater Opposition and thoroughbred mare Jungle Bee (by Java Tiger) had his final four-star start at Burghley last season, where he finished 11th.
Wilson said: “We have a responsibility to do what is right by Dodi as he is so very special to us all. To be part of the British Senior Eventing Team on four occasions including two European Championships, one World Equestrian Games and one Olympic Games and through the support of so many, including UK Sport he medaled at them all.
“We owe him everything and who would of thought that the ‘Ugly Duckling’ that he was as a foal would turn into a ‘Swan’ – but he did”.
Wilson was now looking to the younger members of her team to step up, including Annie Clover and Beltane Queen, who are heading to the Badminton CCI****, Watermill Vision to the Tattersalls International Three Day Event and One Two Many to Bramham CCI***.
“There will only be one Dodi but hopefully he can guide his stable mates well!”