Over the years many horses and riders have made their mark in the world of Equestrian Sport, so with the Badminton Horse Trials still fresh in our minds I thought it appropriate to write a post about Lucinda Green.
Lucinda, daughter of Major General George and Lady Doreen Prior-Palmer was born in 1953 in a town called Andover in Hampshire, England. She started riding at the age of four and as she got older proved to be a very competent young rider.
Eventing is a sport which needs a lot of dedication as the horses and riders have to excel in all three disciplines, so there is a lot of hard work involved, but this obviously didn’t deter Lucinda.
In 1973, when she was only 19 years old, Lucinda won Badminton with her horse Be Fair and also represented Great Britain at the European Championships in Kiev where she won team Bronze, also with Be Fair.
This was the start of an amazing career both Nationally and Internationally.
Lucinda represented Great Britain at many European Championships winning Individual Gold in 1975 and 1977 and Team Gold in 1977, 1985 and 1987 as well as earning 4 Silver and one Bronze medal, as well.
In 1982 she was a member of the British Team at the World Eventing Championships in Luhmuhlen, Germany where she partnered her horse Regal Realm, and won Team and Individual Gold.
The success that Lucinda had Internationally is truly remarkable, but during this time winning the notorious Badminton Horse Trials six times on six different horses is something she will be remembered for, for many years to come.
Lucinda won Badminton with Be Fair in 1973, Wideawake in 1976, George in 1977, Killaire in 1979, Regal Realm in 1983 and Beagle Bay in 1984, an amazing achievement that nobody else has done and, quite likely, never will.
Lucinda Green finished her International career in 1987, but is still very active in the horse world, and is often a commentator at major events.
She also gives clinics to enthusiastic riders all over the world, and I’m sure there are many young talented riders out there who would love to follow in her footsteps.