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Eventing legend passes away

Oliver Townend (GBR) riding Armada ©Kit Houghton

Oliver Townend (GBR) riding Armada

© Kit Houghton


Armada, or “Moses” to those who knew him well was an exceptional eventer who had countless wins over his successful career initially with New Zealand eventer, Andrew Nicholson and then British eventing star, Oliver Townend.

Armada arrived at Andrew Nicholson’s stable as a five-year-old, and was sold to Paul Ridgeon soon after. The Spanish gelding showed his talent early on, winning his second-ever event, which was a novice class at Gatcomb in 2004. Oliver Townend took over the reins in 2012, and continued to campaign him successfully.

The chestnut gelding completed 16 CCI5* (previously known as CCI4*) events over the duration of his eventing career, and at the time of his retirement held the record for the most clear cross country rounds at that level. The brilliant eventer was renowned for being sensational on the cross country course, and was adored by many.

Some highlights of his career include placing 2nd at Badminton CCI5* (previously CCI4*) in  2014, producing a double clear in the CCI3* (previously CCI2*) at Burnham Market in 2015, plus countless other wins and placings at the top level of the sport.

In 2016, Armada was retired from the sport and sent back to Andrew Nicholson’s stable to enjoy his retirement.

The decision to have Armada put down was made last week after he he lost a lot of weight and was struggling with arthritis.






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