World number two event rider Jonelle Price has announced the retirement of her top mares Classic Moet and Faerie Dianimo.

“Cross-country Queen” Classic Moet (Molly) made Jonelle the first female rider to secure victory at Badminton since 2007 and completed the event four times in total. The pair have also been placed within the top five at Burghley three times since 2015.

“Ultimate pocket rocket” Faerie Dianimo (Maggie) was Jonelle’s Rio Olympic Games ride in 2016 and the pair won Luhmuhlen in 2018, adding to a second and third there in 2015 and 2022 respectively.

Jonelle paid tribute to Molly, 19 and Maggie, 17, who are owned by Trisha Rickards.

“They have done so much for my career, taught me how to compete on the world stage and together made many dreams, reality,” she said. “I will miss them hugely and forever be indebted to them for all that they did for me.

“Trisha [is] not only their owner but one of the most knowledgeable horse ladies I’ve met, thank you for entrusting me with Molly and Maggie’s journey. I owe them everything.”

Lead image by Trevor Holt

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