Eventing: ‘Horse of a lifetime’ Toytown put down, aged 25…

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‘Horse of a lifetime!’: Toytown in action with Zara Tindall

Zara Tindall’s ‘horse of a lifetime’ Toytown has been put down at the age of 25 for medical reasons.

Under Tindall, Toytown won individual European eventing gold in 2005 and world gold in 2006, before he was retired from competition in 2011.

In a statement, the Queen’s grand-daughter said: ‘I’m heartbroken that I had to say goodbye to my greatest friend and horse of a lifetime, Toytown. He was the most incredible athlete with the biggest heart.

‘He made my career and I couldn’t be more grateful to him for the amazing times we had together. I will miss you forever.’

Tindall bought Toytown as a seven-year-old in 1999. Injuries to the horse prevented them from competing at the Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008.

However, the pair won both the European individual and team gold in 2005. That was followed by world individual gold and team silver the following year and European team gold in 2007.

Paying his own tribute to Toytown on Twitter, Zara’s husband Mike Tindall said: