London Olympian Caroline Powell has announced the retirement of her superstar eventer Lenamore.
The news broke on Powell’s 40th birthday, and has been greeted with sadness across the equestrian community, but also brought tributes for the grey.
Powell’s London Olympic team-mate Sir Mark Todd called it the end of an era.
“He’s an amazing little horse and always one that is a delight to watch,” Todd said. “It will be strange not watching him bounce around the cross country.”
The decision to retire him from all competitive eventing was made by Lenamore’s owner Lexi Jackson and his long-time rider Powell.
Now 20, Lenamore was bred in Ireland by the Irish Draught stallion Sea Crest and out of the thoroughbred mare Karinella (by Valiyar).
Ed, as he is known to his legion of fans, will move back to Scotland to the MacKinnon family from Powell’s new base in Wiltshire in southern England after a stellar career in which he captured more British eventing points than any other horse. His diminutive size belied an amazing cross country ability, not having had a fault in that phase since 2007.
London 2012 proved to be Lenamore’s swansong event, when he and Powell were members of the bronze medal-winning New Zealand team. After a break back home in Scotland, he arrived at Powell’s new base in January. Looking fit and well, he seemed ready to step up the work for Badminton, at which he has an incredible record of seven consecutive completions, not being placed lower than 12th since 2007.
His connections decided that a few little things had caught up with him, and decided to retire the gallant campaigner.
Lenamore’s Burghley record is even more impressive with a famous victory secured with Powell in 2010, and four other completions. He missed three years at the event due to international duties with New Zealand at the world champs in Germany in 2006, and Olympics in Hong Kong in 2008 and 2012 in London.