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Double five-star winner to retire from top level: ‘The right decision for her’


Vanir Kamira wins Badminton 2019 with Piggy French (now March).

The outstanding mare Vanir Kamira will retire from five-star competition, aged 18, following her Burghley Horse Trials win last autumn.

Piggy March and “Tilly”, owned by Trevor Dickens, also won Badminton Horse Trials in 2019 and the pair have a brilliant record of top placings at five-star level.

“Badminton entries closed yesterday and with mixed emotions I can say Vanir Kamira’s name won’t be on the list this year,” said Piggy.

“She’s still in great form at 18 and enjoying her work as much as ever but I really wanted to retire her from five-star level when she was at the top of her game. I’m really grateful to her owner Trevor Dickens for agreeing this is the right decision for her.

“It’s not been an easy decision as there’s no reason she couldn’t be going back to Badminton again for another go. However, I think we owed it to her to stop at that level whilst we had the choice and I definitely never wanted to be in a position when that decision was taken out of our hands.

“Going forward we’re going to do some one-day events with her starting with the OI [open intermediate] at…

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