Paul Tapner’s 2010 Badminton Horse Trials winner Inonothing has been retired on the eve of the 2013 renewal of the famous British event.
An official retirement ceremony will be held for Inonothing in Badminton’s main arena on May 6.
Inonothing’s retirement was announced this week by Paul and Georgina Tapner and owner Jenny Waaler. The thoroughbred (by Basildon Bond x Cassie) gelding is 17 and has not had an official start since last September.
Known at home as Mannie, Inonothing was bought as a weaning by Jenny Waaler for £500. He has lived most of his life at Tapner’s base, Wickstead Farm in Wiltshire, where he has been very much part of the family there.
Mannie was named after ‘Manuel’ in Fawlty Towers, hence his full name comes from the catch phrase ‘I know nothing’!
He was started under saddle by Paul’s wife Georgina and started his eventing career with her sister, Hannah, before Paul took over the reins in 2003.
He won Badminton in 2010 at his third attempt. In all, he amassed 1625 BE points, making him the 17th highest point scoring horse of all time. His successes also included 61 top 10 placings from BE100 up to 4* with eight CCI4* completions. During his career he was 5th at Pau, 7th and 10th at Luhmuhlen, 6th and 9th at Burghley and 28th and 13th at Badminton.
“There are many tales of the problems and antics that Inonothing has presented to his owners and carers over the years,” the Tapners said.
“Especially in his younger days he was well known in the local Old Berks Hunt for being sent home early for his exceptionally bad and disruptive behaviour!”
Inonothing was a reserve horse for the Australian Eventing Team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He then represented Australia in 2010 at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky where disaster stuck and he severely fractured his stifle joint. After a massive team effort to rehabilitate him from this injury he returned to the top level of the sport in 2012 with a 10th place at Luhmuhlen CCI4*.
“Inonothing epitomises the importance of a trusting partnership between horse and rider. He and Paul were able to build the most amazing and totally trusting partnership that enabled Inonothing to rise to the top of the sport despite the quirky traits he was notorious for.
“He always gave his all and dug deep when it counted. The Tapner Eventing Team feel very privileged to have had Inonothing as part of their team for so many years. Mannie will now enjoy spending his retirement in the field at owner Jenny Waaler’s estate.”