Last year German Olympic rider Bettina Hoy (53) was fifth at Badminton with Designer 10 – her entry this year – and the combination competed (as individuals) at the European Championships at Blair Castle.
The former European Champion was for many years based in the UK, but is now based in Warendorf the home of the National German federation.
Her achievements include team bronze at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and team bronze at The Hague World Equestrian Games in 1994. In 1997 she won individual gold at the European Championships in Burghley on the British-bred Watermill Stream. In 2004 (Athens) Bettina almost made history as the first woman to become Olympic eventing champion, but lost her team and individual gold medals on a technical fault in the show jumping.
In 2005 she achieved her first four-star win at Luhmuhlen with her Athens partner Ringwood Cockatoo, with whom she then won team bronze at the Blenheim European Championships in 2005, team gold at the Aachen World Equestrian Games in 2006 and individual bronze at the 2007 European Championships and the following year (2008) won the four-star in Pau.
Bettina who trains with Christopher Bartle and German national coach Sebastian Langehanenberg, was formerly married to Australian Olympic triple gold medallist Andrew Hoy and the pair was based at Gatcombe in Gloucestershire.
Designer 10 is a 12-year-old Westphalian gelding by Dali X (Donnerhall-Lauries Crusador xx) out of a mare by the thoroughbred Conception (a son of the famous Acatenango). He was acquired as a five-year-old from his breeder in 2009 and in 2010 the pair was fifth in the World young horse championships at Le Lions D’Angers.
16.3hh, dark bay, gelding
Sire Dali X
Dam Ceasy (Conception XX)
Breeder Wilfried Stute