Former Badminton champion Inonothing retires
 
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Paul Tapner SJ Badminton 2010 03 May 13

Former Badminton champion Inonothing retires

 Paul and Georgina Tapner and Jenny Waaler would very sadly like to officially announce the retirement of Inonothing.

Known at home as Mannie, Inonothing has been owned by Jenny Waaler since she bought him as a weanling foal for just £500. He has lived most of his life at Paul’s base, Wickstead Farm in Wiltshire, where he has been very much part of the family there. He was broken in by Paul’s wife Georgina and started his eventing career with her sister Hannah before Paul took over the reins in 2003.

There are many tales of the problems and antics that Inonothing has presented to his owners and carers over the years. Especially in his younger days he was well known in the local Old Berks Hunt for being sent home early for his exceptionally bad and disruptive behaviour!

Inonothing amassed a huge career total of 1625 BE points, making him the 17th highest point scoring horse of all time. This achievement includes 61 top 10 placings from BE100 up to 4* with eight CCI4* completions. During his career he was 5th at Pau, 7th and 10th at Luhmuhlen, 6th and 9th at Burghley and 28th and 13th at Badminton. Not forgetting of course his greatest win which was at Badminton on his third time at the event in 2010 - a very special day for Jenny, Paul, Georgina and all of the Tapner Eventing Team!

Inonothing was a reserve horse for the Australian Eventing Team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He then represented Australia in 2010 at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky where disaster stuck and he severely fractured his stifle joint. After a massive team effort to rehabilitate him from this injury he returned to the top level of the sport in 2012 with a 10th place at Luhmuhlen CCI4*.

Inonothing epitomises the importance of a trusting partnership between horse and rider. He and Paul were able to build the most amazing and totally trusting partnership that enabled Inonothing to rise to the top of the sport despite the quirky traits he was notorious for. He always gave his all and dug deep when it counted.

The Tapner Eventing Team feel very privileged to have had Inonothing as part of their team for so many years. Mannie will now enjoy spending his retirement in the field at owner Jenny Waaler’s estate. But first he will enjoy one last trip to Badminton where he will have an official retirement ceremony in the main arena on Monday 6th May 2013.

 

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