Laura Collett Announces Retirement of Mr. Bass

Laura Collett and Mr Bass. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

British Olympic gold medalist Laura Collett announced last week that she would be retiring one of her stalwart top campaigners, Mr. Bass, from competition after the 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding reaggravated an old injury sustained at Badminton in 2019

“‘Chuck’ means the absolute world to me and owes me nothing,” Laura wrote on her social media. “He’s my best friend and I owe it to him to do the right thing, therefore we have made the very difficult decision to retire him from top level Eventing. I can’t actually explain how hard it is to comprehend that I will never get to enjoy flying round the toughest XC tracks with him again.”


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Owned in partnership with Nick How and Keith Scott, Mr. Bass made his mark on the sport in his young horse career, winning the World Championships for 7-year-olds at Le Lion d’Angers in 2015. He would later go on to debut at the top level of the sport by finishing second at Luhmühlen in 2018. After sustaining a tendon injury at Badminton in 2019, Mr. Bass made a full recovery and finished in the top 20 at Pau last year. In 2021, he helped Great Britain win the Aachen CCIO4* Nations Cup of Eventing leg.

We’re wishing “Chuck” a happy retirement, and in celebration of his career here’s a look back at some of our favorite photos: