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Olympic eventer Andrew Hoy pays tribute to five-star horse Algebra


  • Australian Olympic medallist Andrew Hoy has paid tribute to the “most wonderful little horse” Algebra, who died on his twenty fifth birthday.

    Julia McLean and John Glenn’s 15.3hh gelding died at their farm in Australia on Tuesday (15 November).



    “Sam” was produced from grassroots to four-star degree (now five-star) degree by Andrew’s pupil Natalie Blundell. The pair had been based mostly in Australia and accomplished the Adelaide CCI4* (now CCI5*) 4 instances, together with 2012 once they had been runners-up. Natalie relocated to Andrew’s UK base and in 2014 she and Algebra had been thirteenth at Luhmühlen.

    Algebra had been on account of begin a second profession as a schoolmaster, however John and Julia determined to present him a closing 12 months on the high of the game, and Andrew took over the journey on the finish of 2014. The pair received their first worldwide occasion collectively, the Montelibretti CCI3*-L (now CCI4*) in April 2015. Two months later they received the Haras du Pin CCI3*-L (now CCI4*). The next 12 months they had been fourth at Haras Du Pin, third within the Ballindenisk CCI3* (now CCI4*) and in 2017 they had been third at Montelibretti.

    Andrew mentioned 15 November marked a “memorable date” because it was “Mr Pocket Rocket’s” birthday and the date Algebra’s retirement get together was held in 2017, when he was 20.

    “On his twenty fifth birthday is the place the journey ended and he handed away at John and Julia’s stunning farm, the place he had been bossing across the younger horses proper till the tip,” he mentioned.

    “He actually was essentially the most particular character and I’ve a lot to thank him for. We had a tremendous time collectively and a few fairly outstanding outcomes. I used to be so fortunate to take over the reins from my most great pupil Natalie Blundell. 2015 was ‘our 12 months’, profitable at Montelibretti and Haras du Pin.”

    Andrew added that on 15 November, he and his spouse Stefanie had organized to meet up with John and Julia, who additionally personal Byebye Brisquenouille, an 11-year-old mare competing at two-star degree with Andrew.

    “It was someway becoming that we could possibly be there to boost a glass with them and share reminiscences of this most wonderful little horse, who has touched all our hearts and given all of us essentially the most great experiences and reminiscences,” he mentioned.

    “Thanks Sam. You’ll at all times hold a really particular place in my coronary heart.”

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