View Full Version : RIP Horton Point

Regal Grace
Mar. 4, 2010, 09:53 AM
I am familiar with this Horton Point from reading stories about Mark Todd but was unaware of the back story regarding his history and the owners. It really is a "Cinderella Story" and certainly seems to have lived a good long life thanks to his family.


Horton Point, the Bevan family's horse who carried Mark Todd to victory at Badminton Horse Trials as a catch ride in 1994, has been put down, aged 32.

"He wasn't quite so happy to get up last Monday so we felt his time had come," said Lynne Bevan.

Horton Point's victory at Badminton in 1994 is one of eventing's great fairy stories.

He was bought by Lynne and Ros Bevan's father as a six-month-old foal and with older sister Ros was ninth at Badminton and fourth at Burghley in 1988. When money got tight, Ros gave up eventing and Lynne, who was primarily a show jumper, took the ride, recording three more top 20 placings at Badminton in 1991, 1992 and 1993.

Finances meant the family sacrificed everything to keep the horse, including selling their farmhouse near Abergavenny and moving into a caravan.

In 1994, Lynne broke her collar bone at Bicton the weekend before Bicton and the sisters asked Mark Todd, who had helped them with Horton Point, to take the ride on the "family pet".

Drawn as number one, the pair set the standard by taking second after the dressage. Overnight leaders Marina Loheit and Sundance Kid had a fall across country and when Horton Point went clear inside the time, he took the lead. On the final day he left all the show jumps standing to take the title.

Horton Point was retired from eventing after this victory, although he did continue to compete in showjumping until he was 18 and then dressage.

Horton Point still holds the record for being the oldest horse to win Badminton, at 16.

Mar. 4, 2010, 02:35 PM
What a great story!! I'm sure Horton Point is galloping and jumping happily over rainbow bridge!

I bet that decision was extremely tough for the family. My thoughts are with them.

Reynard Ridge
Mar. 4, 2010, 05:35 PM
I was spectating at Badminton in 1994 and watched the indomitable Mark Todd catch ride to victory. Quite a feat. Nice horse. :yes:

And what a terrific family to give him a long and comfortable retirement. Best wishes to them.