IRELAND’S Mark McAuley and his new wife Charlotte Mordasini have celebrated the birth of baby Viggo, who arrived on 1 February in Geneva, Switzerland.
GOODBYE TOY BOY
JESSICA MENDOZA has sold her talented 10-year-old Toy Boy. The British team rider has produced the gelding since the start of 2015 with plenty of good placings up to five-star level, but Toy Boy will now be seen with Chilean rider Jorge Matte Capdevilla of Oakland Stables.
“It was sad to say goodbye” said Jessica.
GCT RETURNS TO LONDON IN AUGUST
TWO new venues have been added to the 17-date Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League circuit in 2018. The well-established CSI5* at St Tropez now comes under the GCT banner mid-season with Prague hosting the inaugural play-offs and new super grand prix in December.
The tour kicks off in Mexico at the end of March, taking in cities such as Miami, Shanghai, Hamburg, Paris and Berlin, before heading to the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London on 3-5 August.
The Tour concludes in Doha, Qatar, in November.
HAPPY 90th birthday to Elizabeth Slinn (née Anderson), who rode to great success in the 1950s with Sunsalve (below), who was bred in Norfolk by her father Oliver Anderson and later ridden by David Broome.
Elizabeth and Sunsalve won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup in 1957 and we understand that The Queen even wrote to Elizabeth on this milestone birthday.