Oslo, who received Pau five-star with William Fox-Pitt, put down age 20

  • Oslo, who received at four- and five-star with William Fox-Pitt, was put down on 11 October on the age of 20.

    “He was a really completed all-round horse, who didn’t discover something troublesome and you’ll’t say that about many horses,” William Fox-Pitt advised Horse & Hound.

    “He had the mind, he may transfer, bounce and gallop. I acquired him with the London Olympics in thoughts and he simply didn’t keep sound fairly lengthy sufficient, which was undoubtedly a low for me as a result of he would have gone there with fairly a pleasant likelihood of being aggressive. However for him, it wasn’t to be.”

    Oslo was bred in France by Philippe Brivois, by the Sydney Olympic showjumping particular person silver medallist Lando. William first noticed him at Le Lion d’Angers as a four-year-old stallion, however thought he was a bit of small. He was nonetheless underwhelmed when proprietor Eric Attiger introduced Oslo to Britain to a sale at Russ Hardy’s yard, however joked that if he didn’t promote, he’d be completely satisfied to take him as a present.

    Unsold, Oslo ended up in Dorset and after he’d spent a month within the yard, William suggested the 10-strong Fox-Pitt Eventing Partnership – a syndicate which grew out of the bigger Fox-Pitt Eventing Membership – to purchase him. He was one of many first horses to be owned by a syndicate of this type and William stated he learnt so much about this set-up from having Oslo.

    “We had an enormous staff of homeowners sharing the enjoyable and it was a fantastic few years that was reasonably good to have been shared with a great group of individuals,” he stated.

    The horse was gelded on the finish of his five-year-old 12 months, with 60 straws of semen being taken, as William felt he had a greater likelihood of being a top-class competitors horse as a gelding. The breeding suffix “Biats” was faraway from his identify on the similar time, however has since develop into higher recognized in eventing by way of horses corresponding to Kitty King’s European staff gold medallist Vendredi Biats and Emily King’s five-star experience Valmy Biats.

    Oslo was a prolific winner as a younger horse, taking the six-year-old World Championship at Le Lion d’Angers in 2008, ending second at Tattersalls CCI* (now CCI2*-L) and second within the seven-year-olds at Le Lion in 2009, after which second at Blair Citadel CIC3* (now CCI4*-S) in 2010.

    “He was an distinctive younger horse – general my horses mature typically a bit later, however I acquired Oslo at 4 and he was a really precocious, a really sorted younger horse,” stated William. “He discovered all the things very simple very early. I used to be at all times shocked that he at all times appeared like he’d learn the guide, he at all times knew what to do and what was occurring.”

    The 12 months 2011 was a bonza one for Oslo. He was third at Chatsworth CIC3* (now CCI4*-S), then received Tattersalls CCI3* (now CCI4*-L), the Blenheim eight- and nine-year-old CIC3* (now CCI4*-S) and Pau CCI4* (now CCI5*). His win at Tattersalls was a part of a notable treble for William when he received three CCIs in the identical day.

    “It appeared seemingly he’d be a London 2012 horse, however that 12 months he went lame and really sadly it wasn’t to be. That was form of the start of the top of his profession annoyingly, as he’d received all the things as much as that stage,” stated William.

    The horse did return to prime stage competitors and accomplished Badminton in 2013, when William dropped a rein throughout nation and Oslo had the one cross-country leaping fault of his worldwide profession.

    Oslo’s breeding profession was restricted, however one among his offspring, Oratorio, is competing at five-star with William and the rider can also be presently breaking in a three-year-old mare by him, out of a thoroughbred mare.

    “She’s fairly little, 15.3hh and really easy, so she’ll be a fantastic junior or younger rider horse for my daughter Chloe, who might be 15 when she’s 10,” stated William.

    Oslo retired in 2017 however returned to the fray with William’s goddaughter, Daisy Greenback, who loved quite a lot of placings at BE100 and novice with him in 2018 and 2019.

    After that, he moved to the yard owned by Lucinda de Mauley and her spouse Rupert and run by Spencer Sturmey and his companion Freddie Ellams, and loved his retirement there.

    “Finally his ft acquired the higher of him”, stated Spencer. “After very cautious administration from us and farriers, the X-rays sadly didn’t lie. Within the curiosity of his high quality of life and wellbeing, it was determined that for him the very best factor was to have him put to sleep.

    “He spent his final two years with us hacking across the property and villages, charming everybody he met. He was the Colin Firth of the equestrian world, a real gentleman by way of and thru. He had his ‘facet’ although, which in the end made him the powerful three-day occasion horse he was.

    “It’s been a really powerful time for everybody however his unimaginable recollections will reside on, plus there are his undoubtedly proficient offspring. We are going to at all times bear in mind his splendidly form temperament and the way in which he sorted and taught Freddie, who’s a novice, a lot.”

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