Eddie and Sue Davies and Janette Chinn, the owners of Imperial Cavalier along with Mary King, his rider, have made the decision to retire this 17 year old Irish-bred 'horse of a lifetime' from top level competition. He has returned to the Janette Chin’s home in Cheshire where he will have an active retirement.
Having been produced by Vicky Brake to three star level the Owners, through Rachel Wakefield of Uptown Eventing, bought him in 2007. Since then ‘Archie’ who is by Cavalier Royale has had seven top six placings at CCI4 star level and was part of the gold medal winning team at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, silver medal team at London 2012 Olympic Games and a bronze medal team at the 2011 European Championships.
In an official statement from the owners and Mary, she commented: “His enthusiasm for the sport and for life in general was second to none. He has retired fit, sound and healthy.”
Britain’s World Class Equestrian Performance Director Will Connell commented on the bay gelding’s retirement: “I have been lucky enough to watch this combination at numerous Championships where they have helped bring medals home for GB. I wish Archie well in his retirement.”