(stable name Boots)
Boots was an ex-racehorse that I bought up from Australia as a six year old when I was at the Todd's. Basically I sold everything and it was just me and my horse really when I got here. Not great career advice I guess. Together we went to France for the World Young Event Horse Championships at Le Lion D'Angers that year as a 2* class. We then went onto to Windsor 2*, Auchelschwang 3* in Germany, where we could enjoy beerfest in Munich at the same time, Saumur 3* in France, and then Burghley 4*.
Basically we were tourists and part of our motivation was to see things and go places. From the German trip I ended up doing regular coaching work in Austria which in itself was great experience for an Australian away from home. Things like Samur were incredible for me because I was seeing a different culture and places and the old riding school in Samur was incredible. I remember driving into Samur in the evening with the lights and crossing the river seeing the architecture and thinking it was incredible. For me and Boots it was as much about the experience and that was part of the motivation of basing in the UK.
Bootlegger then went to Burhgley and finished in the top ten jumping clear around the cross country. It was a big eye opener for me and I did the old `rabbit in the headlights' for the dressage and just tightened up which resulted in 51st place after this phase. With a good cross-country round I moved up to the top ten. The cross-country was great fun and a lifetime highlight for me. We again were a llittle star struck when we went into show jump and had a couple of rails early in the course before starting to jump like we could. 9th place with a horse prepared from the paddock was a great achievment and something I am very proud of. My horse was a star and it was great to do something like that with your best mate.
We were then listed on the Australian squad for the Sydney Olympics. With lifes learning experiences we think Boots injested something that affected his stomach and after a dramatic trip to the veterinary hospital we had to make the decision to put him down. A wonderful horse and one I would love to have again.