My dear Annie died in January this year. In April her ashes were scattered in the woods near Alfold, where she spent much of her early life. In Spring the bluebells there are some of the best in Surrey.
Annie was nearly twenty-four years of age. She had spent several years as a Master's horse with the Surrey Union Hunt, before I bought her in 1998. She was by Wiscombe Arthur out of a Thoroughbred mare and my first horse.
2002 was probably our best year when we had several successes in Working Hunter classes, in Hunter Trials and in One-day Events. Last year she was Reserve Champion Ridden Cleveland Bay at the Chertsey Agricultural Show.
Annie was a very talented horse, quick to work things out and a real character. But above all she was an enthusiast. She loved to go hunting and the countryside was always part of her life.
I was so proud of her and have so many wonderful memories.
Photo courtesy of Darrol Scovell