The fabulous Milton (1977 – 1999) was a grey gelding and stood 16.2 hands (168 cm) high. Milton was by Dutch warmblood Marius, out of Irish Draught Aston Answers (first called Epauletta). His grandsire was international jumper Any Questions and his granddam was Pennywort by the thoroughbred Top Walk xx. So Milton‘s lines included successful sportshorses in both paternal and maternal lines, his sire and grandsire being an international level and his dam a Grade A national level jumper.
Milton was bought as a foal by Caroline Bradley from the breeder John Harding-Rolls. She trained him until her death in 1983, after which many offers were made to her parents to buy the gelding, who had already proven his talent but they kept the horse. Stephen Hadley (now FEI TV commentator) rode Milton for a short time, before John Whitaker took over him. The couple entered international competition in 1985. The rest is history!
John Whitaker – Milton at Olympia in 1985. Photo © Kit Houghton.
Caroline Bradley – Marius (Milton’s sire). Photo © Bob Langrish.
Clare Jones – Epauletta (Milton’s dam). Photo © MVR.
Paula Graham – Any Questions (Milton’s grandsire). Photo © Monty.
Paula Graham – Pennywort (Milton’s granddam). Photo © Monty.
Gilles Bertran de Balanda on Galoubet A
Galoubet A (1972 – 2005), selle francais stallion, bay, 173 cm, was ridden by the French rider Gilles Bertran de Balanda.
Galoubet was by the great sire Almé out of Viti. The mother, Viti, was a trotter mare who was not fast enough to race and was instead tried in show jumping, where she showed fine jumping capabilities. As a brood mare she produced 13 foals including Galoubet. A strange mix, but there are a couple of other exceptional jumpers out of a trotter mare in the show jumping history; Halla and Jappeloup. The father Almé, who competed with Francois Mathy and Johan Heins, was one of the all time great jumping stallions.
Galoubet was spotted by Gilles Bertran de Balanda as a five year old, and a few months later the pair won the five year old final at Fontainebleau. Galoubet competed internationally for five years before he was retired to stud in 1982 and has since sired many top performers. Galoubet ranked third on the WBFSH standings for 2000/2001, largely on the basis of his son Baloubet du Rouet.
- 1979 Won Wiesbaden Grand Prix
- 1979 15th European Championships
- Champion of France in 1977, 1979 and 1982
- 1980 Winning Nations Cups Teams – in Aachen, Chaudefontaine, Longchamp and Toronto.
- 1980 8th World Cup Final in Baltimore, USA.
- 1980 8th Alternative Olympic Games in Rotterdam.
- 1980/81 Winner of the FEI World Cup Jumping League (Western Europe)
- 1981 Won three World Cup qualifiers in a row at Antwerp, s’Hertogenbosch and Dortmund.
- 1982 Team Gold Show Jumping World Championships in Dublin.
- 1982 5th Individual, at the Show Jumping World Championships
Marion Mould on Stroller
Stroller (1950 – 1986) was the only pony to compete at the Olympics in Show Jumping. He was a bay gelding, Irish Sport Horse breed by a thoroughbred out of a Conemara pony, unknown breeder. He was only 145 cm (14.1 hh) high. Ridden and owned by Marion Mould (née Coakes).
Stroller was a member of the British team who competed in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico, ridden by Marion Coakes. Wiliam Steinkraus and Snowbound won the Gold Medal while Marion and Stroller won the Individual Silver Medal, only four faults behind Steinkraus. Stroller jumped one of the only two clear rounds in the Olympic individual championship. In 1967, Marion rode 14.1 hh Stroller to victory in the Hickstead Derby, the only pony to have ever won this event. This partnership won the Wills Hickstead Gold Medal, for points gained in the major events during the year, for five years consecutively from 1965 to 1970. Stroller was the grand age of 20 when he won the 1970 Hamburg Derby. The pair won 61 international competitions.
Stroller died of a heart attack at the high age 36(!) in 1986, after 15 years of happy retirement. He is buried at Barton-on-Sea Golf Club, New Milton, Hampshire, England.
Marion Mould on Stroller at the Olympic Games in Mexiko City 1968
- Individual Silver medal at the 1968 Olympic Games (Mexico)
- Winner of the Women’s Show Jumping World Championships 1965 (Hickstead)
- Won 1967 Hickstead Derby
- Won 1970 Hamburg Derby (as only clear round)
- Winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup 1965 and 1971
- 2nd place, Women’s World Championships 1970 (Copenhagen)
- Only pony to compete at International level among horses and win consistently in Europe
- BHS (British Horse Society) Hall of Fame Laureate