Tamarillo to be retired at Badminton

March 31, 2011

One of Britain's top eventing horses, Tamarillo, is to be retired from international competition at the Badminton Horse Trials next month.


William Fox-Pitt and Tamarillo winning Burgley in 2008. © Horsesports Photographic
The mount of William Fox-Pitt, Tamarillo will parade before a presentation in his honour on the final day of the event, just before the prizegiving.

The 19-year-old anglo-arab gelding was bred by Finn and Mary Guinness. He was first ridden by Diana Burgess and Fox-Pitt took over the ride in 1999. Their first big success was in the Blarney Castle 2-star event in 2000, and they followed that success up four starts later to win the Intermediate British Championships at Gatcombe.

In 2002 Tamarillo was second at Badminton, and later that year the combination helped secure Britain team bronze at the World Championships in Jerez.

They won Badminton in 2004. At the Olympics that year the British team won silver but Tamarillo was found to have fractured a stifle after completing the cross-country in fifth place, and had to be withdrawn.

Tamarillo came back from the injury to take the runner-up title at Badminton in 2005, and individual silver and team gold at the European Championships at Blenheim. They won team silver at the World Championships in 2006 at Aachen in Germany.

Tamarillo and Fox-Pitt last completed a competition in August 2009, finishing eighth at Highclere.

"Tamarillo's part-bred Arab pedigree is apparent in his light and extravagant movement in dressage and his speed and nimbleness in cross country and show jumping," Mary Guinness said. "He has been both an ambassador for British breeding as well as for Arab blood lines.

"Tamarillo's consistent performances around the hardest courses in the world, skipping through the largest and most complex combinations with ears pricked, show his amazing agility and indomitable spirit. Tamarillo is a great example of the outstanding bloodlines we have in England," Guinness said.