Algebra and I have a very special history together. Algebra was produced from Grassroots to international 4* level by Australian top Eventer Natalie Blundell and I was lucky to support both of them from the ground for many years.

When Natalie returned to Australia after her 2014 World Equestrian campaign, Algebra remained in my yard – with the aim to take life a little ‘slower’ and continue his career with a Junior. When the ‘right match’ couldn´t be found and Algebra proved in his daily training that he is far away from his ‘retirement age’, we decided together with Algebra´s owners – John Glenn & Julia McLean – to give it another year at the top level.

This ‘one year’ ended up being 3 years until Algebra´s happy and healthy retirement to his owners´ property in Australia at the age of 19. In the meantime we were able to win two major CCI3* competitions and be part of various Australian Nations Cups Teams. Algebra, small in size but large at heart, will always have a special place in my heart.

If you now want to know which is the best horse I have ever ridden – I cannot give you an answer! They are and have been such different personalities, individual characters and each of them is and has been wonderful in their own way. The one thing I can say the more riding I do the more I appreciate my early horses - my knowledge 40 years ago was so limited and the horses were fantastic to support the “gaps”.