Anneli Drummond Hay was born of Scottish aristocracy and devoted her childhood to ponies before finding her way into eventing and show jumping. She became recognized as one of the greatest horsewomen or her generation. Her legendary partnership with Merely-a-Monarch engraved her place in the annals of eventing and show jumping history.  At the age of 16 she won the European Pony Championship and was the leading rider of combined training in Britain for three years. She won both Badminton and the first ever Burghley Horse Trials and was runner-up five times. She switched to show jumping and won many Grand Prix competitions across Europe, South Africa and the US.  She won the Aachen, Rotterdam and La Baule Grand Prix as well as the Rome Derby on two occasions, the Hickstead Derby, the Geneva Derby, the Berlin Derby and the South African Derby twice and toured America winning the Grand Florida Championship, The Madison Square Garden’s Championship and the All American Showjumping Championship. Anneli represented Great Britain for 14 years on the Nations Cup Team. She was awarded the FEI Badge of Honour. She also won the European Show Jumping Championship and was British Sportswoman of the Year three times and South African Sportswoman of the Year eight times.

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