Could a horse win the Land Rover Burghley CCI**** (England) at 17? How about compete in the Olympic Games for New Zealand and capture team bronze at 19? The answer is yes, and after a long and storied career, rider Caroline Powell and owner Lexi Jackson have decided to retire event horse Lenamore at the age of 20.
The charismatic 15.3-hand Irish Sport Horse gelding (Sea Crest—Karinella, Valiyar) began eventing in 1999 as a 6-year-old and was produced through the advanced level by owner Jackson, who gave the ride to Powell in 2004.
That same year in their first FEI event together, Powell and “Ed” finished second at the Blair Castle CCI*** (England). They went on to complete the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton (England) and Burghley four-stars 12 times, finishing in the top 10 eight times and winning Burghley in 2010.
The pair represented New Zealand several times, including at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, in 2006. They placed 14th individually at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and their final team competition was the 2012 London Olympics.
Lenamore will be retired to Jackson and Janie Mackinnon’s farm in England where he’ll stay in light work.