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Teddy Edwards, the Welsh Cob who partnered prolific para dressage medallist Anne Dunham OBE to many of her victories, has been put to sleep at the age of 23 as a result of the ongoing effects of PPID (Equine Cushing’s Disease). Anne and his owner, Sally-Ann Brown, said their final goodbyes last Thursday, 28 June.
In the early days of their partnership, on their sensational international debut at the 2007 Moorsele CPEDI in Belgium, it became evident with their winning results that even more exciting times were just around the corner. An illustrious career ensued; team gold and individual gold and silver at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, team gold, individual silver and bronze at the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and team gold, and double individual gold at the 2011 FEI European Championships in Belgium.
Anne, who retired from competition last year, paid tribute to the horse who was such an important part of her life and career. “We said a heart wrenching goodbye to our precious Teddy Edwards. Owned by Sally-Ann Brown, he was one of the few horses to achieve Paralympic, World and European gold medals, but alongside these gold medals he also had a heart of gold that touched many who knew him. Together we went on some amazing adventures. He was my horse of a lifetime, and I miss him.”
One of the most successful para dressage horses of all time, the memory of Teddy will be firmly etched in the hearts of those who knew him and also in the history of the sport.