4 eventing duns
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