There will be an added Australian element to Andrew Hoy’s Somerby stables this season after welcoming a new member to his team of top event horses.
Algebra, owned by Australian couple John Glenn and Julia McLean, first arrived at the Hoy Enterprises yard last year with rider Natalie Blundell to base and train with Andrew.
John and Julia decided to give Algebra a second career as schoolmaster for a young rider when his eight-year competitive career with Natalie ended last season.
Natalie, who first competed with Algebra at 1* in 2006, rode to a 13th place finish at the CCI4* event at Luhmühlen, in Germany, their best performance in Europe last season.
But after a change of heart, John and Julia, long-time supporters of Australian Eventing, decided to give Algebra one more season of top level competition and turned to the three-time Olympic gold medallist.
Andrew said: “Algebra is a petite horse with a very big heart and plenty of scope.
“I have very much enjoyed supporting Natalie and Algebra in their daily training and their campaign for the World Equestrian Games, and I’m very proud of what they achieved together.
“Natalie has over the years brought him on all the way to 4* level and I believe she has done a great job.”
John added: “We received a lot of interest and were overwhelmed to see how popular Algebra was and how many people had enjoyed following his career, but we were not able to find the right home for him.
“As Andrew kept him in training for us during this period of time we discovered how well he and Algebra got on.
“As Algebra still feels very fresh and enjoys his daily training we decided together with Andrew to give him one more year at the top level.
“We are currently working on a season plan with Andrew, but would like to aim him at CCI4* Luhmühlen as the highlight of 2015, and will then make further decisions at the end of this season.
“My wife and I both love Algebra dearly so he might return to our farm in Australia, who knows?”
Algebra is now back in full work at Somerby Stables, combining his work programme with relaxation time in the field.
“He’s had wonderful performances and he doesn’t owe anyone anything,” said Hoy.
“We will take it step by step and see how we get on. I’m very much looking forward to spending this year with him.”