4 event­ing duns

Horse & Hound - - Dun Devotees -

CUS­TarD: the thor­ough­bred/Con­nemara and his young jockey, Lucy McCarthy (née Wiegersma) were both 16 when they won team and in­di­vid­ual sil­ver at the 1993 Ju­nior Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships. At 15.3hh, he had “all the heart to go on fur­ther than ju­niors, but was ham­pered by pony legs. But as a first horse, I couldn’t have asked for any­thing bet­ter,” says Lucy.

I’VE BEEN DUN: what this 16hh mare may have lacked in tal­ent, she made up for in heart, fin­ish­ing in the top 10 twice at Luh­mühlen CCI4* (2008 and 2009), rep­re­sent­ing Ire­land at the 2009 Euro­peans and as trav­el­ling re­serve for the Bei­jing Olympics with Sacha Houri­gan (née Pem­ble).

HIgH­laND rOaD: this dun part-bred High­land pony took Polly Wil­liamson from Pony Club to Bad­minton (com­ing ninth in 1989, when she was 20) and the Euro­peans, pick­ing up four ju­nior/ young rider gold medals and the na­tional young rid­ers’ cham­pi­onships at Bramham.

THE DONE THINg: Madeleine Gur­don (now Lady Lloyd-Web­ber) had a sim­i­larly thrilling jour­ney with this at­trac­tive geld­ing, win­ning the Pony Club cham­pi­onships, team and in­di­vid­ual sil­ver young rid­ers medals and fin­ish­ing 11th at Bad­minton. He later in­spired her ex­clu­sive coun­try wear com­pany.

Top: lucy McCarthy on Cus­tard left: Polly Wil­liamson and High­land road

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