Edge announces retirement from eventing

Former four-star eventer Ruth Edge has announced her retirement from the sport to concentrate on coaching and dressage. Ruth Edge

Edge, based in Derbyshire, made the announcement on her Facebook page after a lot of thought and consideration. She said, that whilst her decision may come as a surprise to some, the time has come to hang up her eventing boots as whilst her hunger for the sport on a training front remained, on a personal front it had dwindled.

Her last outing as an event rider was at Somerford Park last weekend, where she was placed fourth in the CIC* with Drummer.

Edge said on the Facebook post: “I have had some amazing highs in the sport, and have been lucky enough to ride some fantastic horses, who along with fabulous owners have meant that Team Edge has had the chance to compete in some beautiful locations over the years. Having had the most wonderful ride on the Lawsons’ Drummer at one of my favourite events, Somerford Park, last weekend I feel it is time to call it a day on a high.”

Edge will now concentrate on her role as a trainer, and as a dressage rider, hinting that she is aiming for Tokyo in four years’ time.

She added: “I get greater enjoyment from seeing from clients improve and the buzz they get from the sport. The time has come to focus purely on the dressage horses and with the Tokyo Olympics four years away there is plenty of time to prepare. My coaching is a massive part of my life and something I am very passionate about so how lucky am I to be able to pursue two ventures that I love and am dedicated to. A massive thank you to all the people that from the very beginning have supported me and back me to be able to achieve what I have in the sport of eventing.”

Edge competed at The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials on six occasions, the last in 2013 with Nick of Thyme, with her best placing coming in 2009 on Mayhem III when she was eighth, and competed at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials six times. She won the British Open Championships on three occasions (2004, 2008, 2009) and won the CCI**** at Luhmuhlen in 2007 with Two Thyme.

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