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Caroline Wilkins riding Amadeus
Trakhener Breed Heads For Side-Saddle Honours

Since 1960, when Walter Lorch brought the first Trakehner stallion into this country as the basis of the renowned Muschamp Stud, this famed German breed, now in its 11th generation in England, has repeatedly proved itself in competitive equestrianism. Its reputation as a top-class sport horse widened some 12 years ago when Walter sponsored four-in-hand driving trial whip, Karen Bassett, in her move from ponies to horses, providing her with a team of Trakehners. Within five years Karen had won international recognition with the horses and had represented Great Britain at successive World Championships, earning her the title of leading lady four-in-hand driver in this discipline. Committed to the breed, Karen still drives a team of Trakehners and still holds that title.

Under Walter’s patronage once again, the Trakehner is about to show its all-round qualities of temperament, outstanding paces and reliability in a different equestrian field. Fifteen-year-old Caroline Wilkins, 2000 National Junior Side-Saddle Performance Points Champion, is set to train five-year-old Trakehner, Amadeus, with a view to competing side-saddle in national competition. Amadeus is by Beatos – the stallion that is best known as Lloyds Bank’s black horse, out of Anuschka, a Trakehner mare with an impeccable blood line. Only backed in March this year, Amadeus was quick to settle to side-saddle and is now in training with Caroline.

Caroline has been riding side-saddle since she was ten years old having watched a display that left her captivated. Since then she has competed on equal terms with astride riders on her ponies Tiptoe Bracken II and Canterton Beau, in show-jumping, dressage, cross-country, eventing, showing – even Pony Club games, as well as taking part in countless displays and promotional exhibitions.

“I am very excited about the prospect of training with Amadeus to ride in displays and compete side-saddle,” she said. “I’m sure he will be perfect for the job – he’s already taking to it well, and together we can only get better.”

Caroline Wilkins riding one of the Muschamp stallions, Korsakof. This was only his second time side saddle


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