William Fox-Pitt’s Olympic team silver medal winning eventer Lionheart has been sold to a syndicate based in the USA and will be ridden by Allison Springer.
Owned by Judy and Jeremy Skinner, Lionheart has been a top British Team horse for several years. In addition to helping Great Britain secure a Silver Medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, Lionheart was also fourth at the Luhmuhlen CCI**** in 2013, third at the Pau CCI**** in 2011, and has had several other major placings.
“It was a very hard decision but we are very happy that he is joining such an accomplished rider. Lionheart was known particularly for his spectacular jump and has been a joy to work with over the last six years,” Fox-Pitt said.
“He will be very hard to replace but we wish Allison and Lion every success for the future.”
Springer plans to take her time forming a proper partnership with Lionheart over the winter months and will begin competing him early in the 2014 season.
“Lionheart is one of the greatest horses in the world and I am both thrilled and humbled to be given the opportunity to ride him,” Springer said.
“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to each member of the Team Lionheart Syndicate LLC for their support, and for making my dream of acquiring this amazing horse a reality,” she said.
“I know William cares a great deal for each one of his horses, and that they are all superbly produced. I would like to thank him, as well as Mr and Mrs Skinner, for allowing me the opportunity to acquire Lion and for believing in my ability to showcase his talents from this point forward.”
The thoroughbred-holsteiner bred horse was a popular member of Fox-Pitt’s team. “He the most amazing jumper I’ve ever ridden,” Fox-Pitt said.
“He’s a very gentle soul. He’s not got a bad bone in his body.”
There are still a few shares available in the Team Lionheart Syndicate LLC.