Three-times Olympia veteran supreme Murrum Park Phantom has died at the age of 25. ‘Phanty’ was a phenomenal pony who had enjoyed a stellar dressage career in Australia before coming to England in 2006.
“Yesterday [23 November], Phanty danced his way to pony heaven,” said owner Kate Marfleet. “Ribbons aside, he brought so many friends together, both in England and Australia; a gift that will stay with me for life. He was a truly magical pony with a huge personality and Katie Kelly, Amanda Marfleet and I were incredibly lucky to share his story.”
Phanty, an Australia-bred 14hh gelding by Rotherwood Footlight, was trained and competed to Prix St Georges level by Katie Kelly and scored up to 83 per cent in open dressage. He also took many showing championships in Australia, including state and national titles.
Marfleet and her family returned to England from Australia in 2006 and brought Phanty with them. They were second in the prestigious Search for a Star show pony section at Horse of the Year Show in 2007 and claimed the veteran honours at Olympia in 2008, 2009 and 2011, after which he was retired from the show ring. They were also successful in dressage to music.
“He was the pony of a lifetime, and I was so lucky to have had the privilege of owning him,” added Marfleet.