Four-star eventing mare Little Tiger dies at 18

Phoebe Buckley and Little Tiger.
Phoebe Buckley and Little Tiger. © Mike Dixon

Phoebe Buckley’s Badminton mare Little Tiger has been euthanised at the age of 18 following joint issues in her off-fore.

Little Tiger, who was owned by Dr Polly Taylor, was put down on May 29.

The 15.1hh grey mare by Java Tiger finished 15th overall at Burghly in 2008 and won the Best Mare title, adding to her superb clears around both Badminton and Bramham. She was also one of the highest graded mares in the 2007 Sports Horse GB Mare Gradings.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Phoebe told Horse & Hound magazine. “I will miss her so much. But we had to make a decision sooner rather than later and we didn’t want her to suffer.”

“Frostie” was retired from eventing in 2011 at the age of 16 and had been hunting and team chasing since.

She was bred by embryo transfer and her progeny includes Don’t Stop Me Now, a six-year-old mare by Catherston Liberator. Little Tiger was also bred to Mill Law and Classic Primitive.

Frostie was originally bought by vet Polly Taylor for herself to compete on at a lower level. Frostie’s talents very quickly presented themselves and Polly gave the ride to professional event rider Phoebe Buckley, who produced the mare from Pre Novice to Advanced.

Phoebe Buckley and Little Tiger at Burghley in 2008.
Phoebe Buckley and Little Tiger at Burghley in 2008. © Horsesports Photographic

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